Well tonight is Conan O’Brien’s last night on the airwaves as host of the Tonight Show. And so I’ve decided that tonight will be the last night I watch NBC, and by extension my local NBC affiliate, WAVY-TV 10. As of now I’ve deleted all episodes of Heroes I had planned to watch, and yesterday’s Community is the last of that show I’ll be seeing. It’s unfortunate I have to stop supporting a good, new show that deserves the ratings, but there you have it. I can’t sit by and help fun the network that’s destroying what I consider to be the greatest thing on modern television. Uncharacteristically of me I actually took the time to send a professional snail mail letter to my local NBC affiliate’s, WAVY-TV, president and manager, explaining why I would be switching off his station forever, a station that I’ve watched since 1993. Here’s a copy.
January 22, 2010
Doug Davis of WAVY-TV 10
300 Wavy St.
Portsmouth, VA 23704
I’ve been a viewer of your station ever since moving to the area in 1993. My household has enjoyed your station and your newscast for years and has even contributed to your “10 on your side” segment in the past, as well as enjoying programming provided over the air for years by your network. However by the time you read this letter we will have turned off your station forever. In light of NBC’s deplorable treatment of Conan O’Brien I’ve decided it’s best to turn off NBC entirely, and by extension your station. I know this isn’t actually your station’s fault, but I refuse to support a network that has ruined one of the few remaining good things on television, and by extension that means I cannot support anyone affiliated with NBC either. I will also be posting this letter online for public viewing and encouraging everyone I know to switch off NBC and your station as well. Goodbye WAVY, it was nice knowing you.
Included with the letter was the image you see attached to this post, printed on an index card, in case the letter wasn’t clear enough.
I admired your resolve. I too have vowed to not watch NBC or its cable subsidiaries myself.
Nice! Maybe I should consider banning NBC, but I’m sure I’ll watch some of the Olympics, so they got me there… It’s not like they really had all that much great programming anyways, so I think I’m going to jump on your banning NBC bandwagon! Thanks for commenting on my Conan post as well!
Well if you’re going to “ban” NBC then you should especially not watch the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Winter Olympics are a big, expensive event in which NBC is planning to lose $200 million. If there was ever a time to drive the point home it would be during such a large event.