Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ask For It and It May Come!

Last month, I wrote a post called “What’s the UV Index Where You Live?”  Within, I wrote “I emailed one local TV station to ask why they don’t post the UV index…once I hear something, I’ll post their response.”  Guess what?  They responded.
Well, at first they didn’t, but I noticed over the last week that they started posting the UV index:
© 2011, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.

I then found a video report on their website which I also posted on my Facebook page:
I just found it very ironic that they started posting the UV index so soon after I wrote my email, so I went ahead and emailed them again through their website.  This time, they responded as such:
Dear Alan:

Thank you for your e-mail now and from the recent past.

As you can tell, we take all suggestions seriously. I am pleased we are able to provide this important information.


Steven D. Hammel
Vice President & General Manager

It’s these little things that make a big difference.  I never really thought my inquiry would lead to a true change, but it just goes to show you that merely asking or speaking up CAN make a difference.  So I encourage you to do the same.  Suggest to your local TV station or newspaper to do a piece on Melanoma, inform them of the “Dear 16-Year-Old Me” video, or ask them to post the UV Index every day. 
Whatever it is, ask for it. 


  1. Hi Al,
    Thanks for this suggestion. It`s a great one. It is at the top of my `To Do`list after I get back from my camping trip in a week. I think everyone should do this where they live. It could be a facebook and blog campaign. You seem to be a `Can Do`kind of a guy....let see what the rest of us can do as well. You should post a challenge to all of us and see what happens.

  2. I think this is great! I giggled when I read that the email you received back is from "Steven Hammel." That's the name of one of the popular news anchors here. Maybe that's my sign I should follow in your footsteps?

    See, people listen! Great job!