Lyle Schulze was once general manager of WCTI in New Bern, N.C. He emailed me to comment on how WCTI survived Hurricane Florence. “They are to all be commended for their perseverance and courage to continue to deliver life-saving information to the viewers of eastern North Carolina.”
I got this email from Lyle Schulze, the general manager of WIS, Raycom’s NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C., concerning the Market Share story a few days ago about how WCTI covered Hurricane Florence despite its building being flooded out and unusable.
WCTI is Sinclair’s ABC affiliate in Greenville-New Bern, N.C.
Great story today in TVNewsCheck on how WCTI survived Hurricane Florence. I have my own recollections of several floods, storm surges and hurricanes as I was general manager there from 2010-2015.
Most of my staff that endured all of that is still there. It is quite remarkable to watch all of this and them from afar.
I must admit, I just cried when I saw it happen on CNN the night they abandoned the station.
I once evacuated all personnel except studio staff. The station is located literally a half a block from the huge Neuse River.
WATCH: Video of damage in New Bern overnight Thursday into Friday morning. Brandon Clement/Live Storms Media
Posted by WCTI NewsChannel 12 on Friday, September 14, 2018
I appreciate all of you covering the story of how these great professionals continue to work to keep that station on the air!
The team of professionals there has weathered many a storm and that experience really has helped them.
They are to all be commended for their perseverance and courage to continue to deliver life-saving information to the viewers of eastern North Carolina. — Lyle Schulze