My Turn, Your Turn: The Big Switch

WILMINGTON -- Here's a case of some good news - and not so good news. In a recent poll 89 percent of the television viewers in the Wilmington market said they have heard of the "Big Switch" to digital.

That is good news and it's important because this television market will be the first in the nation to make the transition.

That same survey that gave us such high marks for being in the know also provided us with some very sobering information. Only 18 percent - that's 18 percent- of Wilmington viewers know that the switch is going to occur on September 8th.

We know this is confusing.  And you're likely to be hearing a lot more from the national media on this topic. It's probably best to ignore them - at least the part about the date. Remember they are talking to the rest of the nation- not the Cape Fear area.

To help you out we started a countdown clock. You can see it on all WECT newscasts. Day-by-day it will be a friendly reminder that we all need to get ready for this new age in broadcasting -September 8th.

We're off to a great start. 89 percent awareness is terrific. Now we just have to bring that 18 percent up a little.  And I know we will.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment or anything else, email me at