Q: We had a great time at Big D NYE this year. Will it be back in 2009?
Q: I am 75 years old. I don't go out on New Years Eve but I like watching the ball drop in Times Square. Your station showed Dick Clark instead of the dropping of the ball and the Clintons initiating the drop: what a disappointment! Could ABC please hire some cameramen or video mixers who know what the Times Square thing is all about? I even have been searching the Internet for replays plus going to MSNBC, CNBC, etc. and can't find any place where they replay the ball drop. I expected more from this year: what a start! Valle Garland, Texas
Q: In regard to the broadcast of the New Year's Eve special from Victory Park. Let me just say: I am a Dallas native. I love Dallas, and I am thrilled to see this great city doing what it can to revitalize and bring people to the downtown/uptown area. I am also a fan of WFAA and have been watching for many years. That being said, my family and I were very disappointed that WFAA chose to broadcast the New Year's Eve party in Dallas instead of Dick Clark's show in Times Square. I know that Dick Clark's show was broadcast on the eastern time zone schedule, but we really wanted to see it on the central time zone schedule. There are some things that just shouldn't be messed with, and this is one of them. For us, it's tradition for our family to stay home, make snacks, play games, and watch the ball drop in Times Square with Dick Clark. Like I said, I love Dallas, but on New Year's Eve, Dallas just can't compare to Times Square - sorry.
Chuck Richardson, Texas
A: An estimated 35,000 people lined up in the Victory Park area on New Year's Eve to participate in the area's largest such celebration. This is the event's second year, and while we continue to learn a lot, we feel like the number of people downtown and the significant amount of television viewership - about 250,000 D-FW households - sends a pretty clear message about Big D NYE. We joined Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve on ABC at 9 p.m., and aired it right through the traditional "ball drop" in New York's Times Square. Big D NYE didn't go on until 11:05 p.m. In fact, ABC requested to take a live shot of the scene in Dallas and aired it during their show.
For those that were disappointed, we can only say we'll do our best to improve and be better in the event we bring it back this year. To those that enjoyed the event, we are grateful -- and wish everyone as safe, and prosperous 2009.