Usually, a TV station creates a promo when they hire someone. I’ve never seen a promo about someone being fired, but I’d like to. And no doubt about it, this is the first time I’ve ever seen a news promo about someone not being fired. Published rumors that WXIA’s Chief Meteorologist Chris Holcomb had been […]
And no doubt about it, this is the first time I’ve ever seen a news promo about someone not being fired.
It seems a computer snafu along with an ad seeking a new meteorologist for the station led to an assumption by one publication that Holcomb had been fired.
Apparently the rumors were so persistent that the station felt the need to create a promo about it.
It seems this all started with a tweet early Thursday morning.
“The tweet said, ‘@ChrisHolcomb, I hope this isn’t true’, and there was a link to a story suggesting I’d been fired,” Holcomb said. “Even though I was 99% sure that it wasn’t true, I started sweating a little bit.”
Apparently his bio had disappeared from the station’s website, 11Alive.com, due to some new software being installed. Like any software update, there are bugs and some bios got sent to internet outer space.
“If you work on the cutting edge, sometimes you’re going to bleed,” said Julie Wolfe, WXIA’s social media director.
So, Chris Holcomb is so not fired.
“I knew that,” Holcomb said. “Well, I was pretty sure.”