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WCAX Peanut Allergy Treatment PKG, 4/26/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 13, 2013

This was the reporter piece I shot on the same day I anchored (see previous post), and I loved the story.

It’s about a family whose young boy has a peanut allergy so severe that exposure to peanuts used to require hospitalization. Then, thanks to a program to desensitize him to peanuts by slowly increasing his exposure to peanut flour, he can now eat three peanut M&Ms and not see any reaction.

Check out his story, which aired first on April 25 at 6 p.m. and the next morning at 5 a.m. (shown below) and 6 a.m.:

The important thing to note is that he is not cured — what this does it it makes it possible for him to eat things that probably don’t contain any large amount of peanuts, or come into contact with traces of peanuts, and not have a reaction. So it’s peace of mind for him and his family, but not a permanent solution. And if he stops eating the peanut M&Ms, he will lose that desensitization. It also may not be as useful for someone who has multiple nut allergies, since it only targets peanuts.

For more information, visit the story on our website.

It was a fun story to shoot — especially since he was very excited to be on TV!



WCAX “Scary Gary” Halloween Forecast 10/31/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — October 31, 2012

Halloween is a pretty fun holiday. A holiday made even more so when your meteorologist has a sense of humor.

Every year Gary does his “Scary Gary” Halloween forecast. It involves wrapping himself in a green cloth (except for his head) and then telling us what the weather will be like between different spooky-named places in the country. And of course everything culminates in a trick-or-treat forecast for the kids.

It’s ridiculous and 100 percent fantastic. Some of our viewers always write in and tell us their kids look forward to this morning all year because they find Scary Gary so funny.

And really — after watching that — who can argue with them?


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October 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

WCAX Electricity Efficiency Grant PKG 10/1/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — October 3, 2012

As promised in my last post, the second installment of Mondays work — this one is the evening news piece that I did. It was a shorter piece (by our station’s standards) on a new grant/initiative in Burlington to introduce “on-bill financing” to small business owners looking to upgrade to more electrically-efficient appliances, etc. but who didn’t have the upfront capital to invest.

It ran in the A block of the 6 p.m. news on October 1, 2012.

It was not designed to be a longer piece because to be more in-depth I needed to actually go talk to small business owners, and due to the time constraints of that particular day (and the fact that I think it’s still a bit early to track them down, seeing as they hadn’t heard about the initiative yet), I was not going to be able to do that. It would be a good follow for sometime after the new year when the program actually rolls out.

So a decent piece for what it was, I thought.


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October 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

WCAX Folklife Center Irene Website PKG 8/27/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — August 27, 2012

A year ago today I was doing my first reporter piece for WCAX about preparations for Tropical Storm Irene — with no idea of how much that storm would impact Vermont and shape our news coverage for the next year.

Today, I livesided a piece I did on a digital archive from the Vermont Folklife Center aimed at preserving memories from the storm:

This was part of our station’s series coverage, called “Irene: One Year Later” that aired originally on August 26, 2012. I livesided it here the next morning on my show. It was crazy going back through the town and seeing what had — and hadn’t — been repaired in the year since the storm hit.

To submit memories, go to this website and follow the instructions:

It was also Steve’s first day anchoring on the morning show — and our first show with a dual-anchor format! So a big day as a producer for me as well.


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August 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

The funny things you hear on the scanner…

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By Cat Viglienzoni — August 13, 2012

Sometimes you hear funny things over the scanners overnight, including a couple gems from today:

“Nah, they’ve just been standing here on the side of the road. They’ve been playing with the flamethrower for about 10 minutes.”

That came over at about 3:20 a.m. No prior context for it — just straight out of the blue (or black, as it were).

Then, about a half an hour later:

‎”The way that guy was holding that blower there, it looked like he was riding a gigantic tricycle.”

Again, I have literally no context for either of these, but I wonder if it was the construction crew not too far away working on I-189 overnight because they came in really clearly on the scanner, which usually means they’re close.

Oh, the amusement of the overnight shift…


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August 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM