Every Wednesday, News 4 This Morning takes a look at the stories from our show that viewers and readers are talking about on our webchannel and related social media.
Monday, May 6th was Beverage Day. This unofficial holiday celebrates whatever drinks are your favorite to quench thirst! Many News 4 readers and viewers shared their favorite beverages on our Facebook page. Kamsi Nunyo was very specific with hers, "Cold sweet ice tea". As opposed to 'hot' sweet iced tea? LOL!” Sherri Wiggins listed Cherry Coke as her favorite. Julia Flora is another one who prefers iced tea, adding, “It’s a southern thang.” On the News 4 This Morning Facebook page, Iris Pherrman continues the tea theme, saying, “My favorite drink is a mason jar with lots of Ice filled with sweet tea and a lemon to top it off!” Finally, former WTVY anchor Ben Stanfield went to a popular soda as his favorite, saying, “Dr. Pepper all the way!”
The most popular news story in our National News section is the story of a demolition that didn’t quite go as planned. It was in Colorado, and involved a sugar factory over a century old and two nearby towers. The towers were brought down, but only the center of the factory fell as planned, and that led to the water tower falling down on top of a structure that mostly still standing. For those curious, it’s not clear what the town will do to finish the demolition of the building.
Tuesday, in our entertainment news, we followed-up on two stories News 4 had reported on earlier—both with a connection to the popular animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. One involved Bronies—the passionate teenage and adult fans of that series—raising tens of thousands of dollars for a Wildlife Center. That was part of a fundraiser promoted by series creator, Lauren Faust. The second story involved more, unreleased stories that were filmed as part of a documentary about the fans of the show. The article was linked to by popular fan site Equestria Daily, as part of their “Nightly Roundup.” On their nightly roundup they say that “Pony Station WTVY Back with More Pony!” and encourage their readers to “Give our friends a visit at the link below!” In addition, the story was shared on Twitter by several users, including fans. One fan retweet was later retweeted by “Bronies” documentary executive producer, Michael Brockoff. And, on our Facebook page, Paul Weathers left a comment of congratulations saying, simply, “Mah Bronies!”
Tornadoes are common in the US, but recently, a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association said that the recent twelve month period ending in April 2013 was lower than average. But, while the US is still the most common region where twisters strike, shocking video showed a tornado ravaging parts of Italy. The tornado struck northern Italy, damaging thousands of structures and injuring twelve. This story was the most popular in our World/International news section our webchannel, WTVY.com.
Last week, in our 4 Your Health segment, we reported how a study from the University of Iowa showed that elderly people who played video games were able to slow or prevent mental decline. According to the CBS report, “Doctors looked at seniors who played a video game for ten hours and say one year later, and those people increased their cognitive ability at least three years.” On our Facebook page, Rick Townley commented on the story, saying, “Video games are great for seniors, especially when they keep the grandkids busy and quiet.” And, Mark Adams added, “Yes I knew there had to be a reason I kept playing.”
In our Morning Sports segment on Monday, News 4’s Matt Harris reported that the Northside Methodist Academy Knights would be fielding a football team for the first time ever. The program is so new that, as Matt noted in his report, “The Knights are sporting practice jerseys that say Crusaders on them. The Crusaders jerseys were bought from the defunct football team at Enterprise Prepatory Academy.” The report remains the most popular in the webchannel’s Sports section. On our Facebook page, Leah Dragovich was excited about the development, and said, “I’m tempted to enroll!” Natasha Wells also comments, saying, “How exciting!” They’ll be playing a spring game against Abbeville Christian on the 16th.
The views of commenters, readers, and viewers do not necessarily reflect the views of WTVY News 4.
Links to all of the stories mentioned in this segment can be found below.