Besides presenting a safety issue, and requiring trains to board passengers some distance away from the station's waiting room, attendees noted it doesn't offer much of a first impression of Charleston for passengers arriving here.
Technically, the platform belongs to CSX (which has long shown disdain for passenger rail service), but the damage is being caused by water runoff from the city-maintained Ferry Street bridge above.
As attendees noted, if there were similar damage to sidewalks at Yeager Airport (or if a portion of a jet bridge had to be blocked off with safety cones), you could be certain that Danny Jones and/or Kent Carper would be at the airport immediately personally overseeing repairs.
With former colleague Scott Finn's hiring as executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, I thought of the Casey Stengel quote about how the key to being a good manager was to keep the players that hate you away from the players who are undecided.
Not that Scott will have personnel issues -- he's got a good team in place, and has worked with most of them in his previous stint as WVPB news director.
The issue will be keeping the viewers/listeners who want the status quo (i.e., "Lawrence Welk" on TV Saturday evenings and classical music throughout the day on radio) away from those who want innovative programming, while dealing with the problems of audience fragmentation and fiscal issues that all media -- public broadcasting in particular -- are facing these days.
It is worth noting that Finn, who came to West Virginia with no definitive ties to the state and had the opportunity to live anywhere he chose (including Tampa), actively pursued the opportunity to "come home" to West Virginia.
Finally, speaking of broadcasting, John Raese, who once infamously told a Gazette scribe, "I buy and sell reporters like you every day," is evidently doing just that.
Among the employees let go in a shake-up at Raese's West Virginia Radio Corp. empire was Rick Johnson, after 40-plus years of loyal service at WCHS radio.
Johnson had co-hosted the only news-talk show in Charleston, and did yeoman's service this summer anchoring endless hours of the station's derecho recovery programming. (Co-host Mike Agnello technically will continue "58 Live" -- but in the radio time-slot Siberia of 7 to 10 p.m., and subject to preemption all spring, summer and part of the fall by Reds baseball.)
Folks who know more about the broadcasting industry than I say the personnel cuts and programming changes are stemming from Raese's imminent loss of the lucrative contract to produce West Virginia University football and basketball game broadcasts.Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.