I love NPR. And, as the big move to Corn U comes ever closer, I'm realizing that my public radio experience is going to change. I'm looking forward to WILL; it seems like a great station and we'll continue to support it. But I have to say--moving back to the corn and soybean belt reminds me of a fundamental midwestern truth: weather rules.
In Dawgland, we get a brief ten second update at the top and bottom of the hour on Morning edition. Ohhhhh, no. That is unacceptable at Corn U. There is weather at the top and bottom of each hour. There is weather in between. There is weather for the CU. There is weather for the state. There is weather for the farmers. There is weather for the farmers in Argentina and Brazil (I'm going to know a LOT about South American weather). There is a call in weather show every Friday morning. You call, give Eeyore the weatherman your destination for the weekend or the next week, and he'll explain just what version of the Apocalypse you can expect in, say, Fort Wayne, IN or Oshkosh WI ("Ohhhh, I don't know about goin that direction. It's gonna snow. It's really gonna snow. Expect 5-500 inches. Be caaaareful.")
In Corn Country, Weather rules. Welcome back home, John.