News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Opinion

December 4, 2012

RONN MOTT: Media Watch

I was surprised to learn Abby Walton, after a six-year run at WTHI-TV, is leaving the station and ultimately Terre Haute. In conversation with her, she has many regrets about leaving this area, which she calls her second home. But there’s a time to plant, a time to reap, and I suppose a time to go. Abby feels it is a time to go. Her contract with Channel 10 was up and she was offered another. She decided not to sign the new contract. But, as we say, run the flag up the pole and see if anybody salutes.

She and her agent will be seeking new job prospects for her and it’s my guess, as a longtime media watcher, she will have no difficulties finding a new position. Abby has been a tireless worker taking on any project handed to her and doing it well. She is a product of Ball State University media training, the same place that gave us David Letterman. Good luck to Abby Walton.

After many years of employment as a chief engineer, the only full-time engineer at Midwest Communications here locally, Jerry Arnold is no longer employed by the company. Jerry, a member of Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame, was only unemployed a couple of hours. He is now with the Dorsett Automotive group. Good luck to Jerry.

We were saddened to learn the other day an old broadcast friend, Dennis Roberts, had passed away. He died in a nursing home near Gary, Indiana. Gary was his home and one he had left to attend Indiana State, which he did, and he graduated from the institution. Dennis was active in school politics and a worker in the media in Terre Haute for approximately 30 years.  

Dennis was 6 feet tall and a big man. His size was a stand-out feature when you first saw him. However, he never let it slow him down. He was a director, a technician for Channel 38, and my association with him was as a disc jockey on AM 1300 on WJSH. Dennis did the midday show on what we referred to as “WISH Radio” and did the noon-day talk show hosting with Mark Edwards.  

Dennis was bright, cheery, funny, one of the world’s great laughers, and was always optimistic. He has been gone for some time from Terre Haute, so he was already missed by us, but now it’s worse because we know it’s permanent. One day, Dennis told me, “It is not how long you live, but how well you are at living.” Godspeed, Dennis Roberts.

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

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel
NDN Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity