11 Alive is crackin’ me up. Here’s how-
Our Atlanta area NBC affiliate, 11 Alive, has come up with a new marketing plan. They have dubbed their weather department The Weather Information Zone. It starts off already sounding like the meteorologist has taped off a square on the floor of the studio with black and yellow hazard tape, bringing to mind Johnny Fever opening and closing Les Nessman’s imaginary office door. This gives me a tiny inner chuckle every time I think about it.
But that wasn’t enough for them. They had to go and develop a weather rating system, doubtless inspired by the marketing success of the Mellish Meter. Fine, as a former hay farmer I object to someone trying to sum up the weather with one number, but I can get over it. I am a city boy now, after all. Why should they have stopped at the Weather Information Zone? Because the ‘logical’ name for their rating system is the Wizometer. Yes, boys and girls, someone is publicly reporting on the Wizometer, and it has nothing to do with urine excretion: not quantity, not quality…no pee at all.
Still not enough, though. The top score on the Wizometer is eleven. As Enigo Montoya would say,”I do not think it means what they think it means.” Seriously, what’s the first thing that goes through your mind when I say,”It goes to eleven?” Did the marketing department never watch Spinal Tap? Or are they so insular in their thinking that they only see how it applies to them? Every time they say today is an eleven, I laugh at them. (Not charitable, perhaps, but there it is.)
Someone please tell them up their on West Peachtree what’s really going on. Or don’t; I could use the laughs.