News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 14, 2013

RONN MOTT: More Media

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — I was reminded after my column on the television media that I had left out sports reporting. It was that I simply ran out of room.

So, to correct, sports anchor number one is Jason Pensky. Not only is Jason the best of the talking heads, he is a credible television play-by-play broadcaster, notably when his stations, Channel 2 or Channel 20, originate Indiana State’s basketball games.

The coverage has been better than the team they are covering. After a good start and beating some good teams, the Sycamores seem to have imploded. Were they playing above their normal level early on, or did they just fall apart later in the year? Sen. Bill Bradley, in an interview one time, told me what goes on off the court sometimes will tear apart what goes on during the games. I do not know if that’s the problem, but at times instead of appearing to be like a team, the Trees played as if they were all strangers.

No wonder coaches get premature white hair and ulcers while trying to coach these young men.

We have to say what we see on TV is often the work of videographers and film photographers. And when you’re working against a serious deadline, it is difficult to come up with the right shot on the right story at the right time. In our humble opinion, Mike Latta, at WTHI-TV, is the best of this bunch.

The people at WAXI, 104.9, were surprised the other day when Doc Long turned in his resignation. Doc really likes everyone at WAXI, but told his friends he feels he doesn’t need quite as much responsibility. He is going to stay on until they find a replacement. It’s definite the Cubs will not be on WAXI this year.


In another newspaper (USA Today), there is an article about the growth of hate organizations and uncertified militia all over the country, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds.  

The hate organizations began to fill up in 2008 shortly after President Obama was elected. And the militias, standing against the elected government, are growing also.

All over the country are armed, semi-military units with rifles in their hands. Some are angry about the possibility of having to give up their guns. Others are angry because white people will soon be a minority race in these United States. In some cases, it appears to be a case of pure bigotry, but I think history will tell the story in a more accurate way than I.

If you think a group of civilians dressed in military uniforms running around playing soldier with real guns and real bullets is the proper way to run a country, you are wrong.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.