Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Countdown Shows Record Our History ; COMMUNITY COMMENT

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Countdown Shows Record Our History ; COMMUNITY COMMENT

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"Everyone loves countdown shows." That was part of the pitch WNIN CEO Brad Kimmel gave me for "Top 9," the station's new original series that counts down the (you guessed it) Top 9 of various things in and around the Tri-State. At the time, we were discussing the possibility that I would produce the series - a job that is now nearing its completion. At the outset, I jumped on board because I thought it would be a fun project, and that audiences would find it entertaining.

After all, I still remember sitting in my living room as a teenager, watching MTV's daily video request countdown, hoping bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Green Day would land in the top spot that day. Everyone does, indeed, love a countdown show.

What I didn't realize at the time - and I don't know that Brad did, either, though I could be wrong - was that Top 9 would have the opportunity to detail many of the most signifi-cant events in Tri-State history.

In detailing the area's worst weather disasters, its most infamous crimes, and even its top high school basketball teams, we would be recording and broadcasting Evansville history - the stories that shaped both the city and the lives of so many people in it.

I realized that after I met Martha Moore.

I interviewed Martha for the "Top 9 Weather Disasters" episode; she was a 6-year-old Griffin resident when the Tri-State tornado ripped through her town in 1925. The storm destroyed her house while she was in it; it killed her father, her grandfather, and her 3-month-old baby sister.

Martha told me her story on Wednesday, May 21, in the library at The Communities of Solarbron, where she was living. That Friday, Martha - who was 95 at the time we spoke - passed away.

A representative of Solarbron called to tell me the news, and that Martha's family was excited that she'd had the chance to share her story publicly before she died (portions of her interview were included in the episode, which aired June 12 and is now available at wnin.org; the interview in its entirety will be archived at WNIN). But the news of her passing got me thinking about our countdown show in an entirely different light. …

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