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Power Down, Jim Cantore Turns to Twitter with Updates on Sandy

LostRemote’s Natan Edelsburg caught up with Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore Tuesday night as Sandy’s devastation was just beginning to be measured.

We caught up with Cantore in Battery Park, a part of Manhattan that felt Sandy the worst. He had recently come from filming a guest appearance on Letterman on CBS (and was filmed in front of no audience). Cantore told Lost Remote how important Twitter was when they lost power in their truck. “Nothing travels faster than the news on social media,” he explains.

Hurricane Sandy Coverage Plans

TV news organizations are gearing up for covering Sandy. There is still lots of uncertainty  but here is what we know so far. We will update this story as we get more information.

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The Weather Channel not surprisingly, has a slew of coverage planned. “Wake Up With Al” will air this weekend starting at 5:30 AM, and 5 AM starting next week.

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Ready or Not, Here Comes Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy continues to move northward, and is projected to slam into the eastern seaboard on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Networks are beginning to plan for coverage (more on that later) but there are still lots of uncertainties.

“This is something that we have never really seen,” The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore tells TVNewser. “We have never seen a tropical system this late in the season come up and take a left hook and morph into a Nor’easter/hurricane combination, which is what the models are suggesting.”

For TV news crews, planning is key, but when you don’t know where landfall will be, logistics become a problem.

“The challenge for us is to get there before the storm. Period,” Cantore says. “I expect a lot of deployment tomorrow from the Weather Channel teams.

Maybe a little fine-tuning on Sunday for us to get there beforehand, to have all of our ducks in a row, and to be ready for three days of non-stop coverage of this thing.”

Safety is paramount when covering a storm like Sandy. The hurricane has already killed 29 people across the Caribbean.

“You don’t take unnecessary risks,” NBC and Weather Channel anchor Al Roker tells us. “You don’t do anything that is going to put you or your crew in danger, and you take best practices. Nobody wants do die covering a hurricane. At least nobody I know.”

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Jim Cantore ‘Tebows’ During Hurricane Isaac

The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore was in the field this week covering Hurricane Isaac, and at one point the winds were so strong that he had to kneel down. He opted to take the opportunity to honor New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow by “Tebowing.”

“Whatever it’s worth, I hope I’m making Tebow proud,” Cantore said.

Isaac And Speeches Dominate The Morning

Two stories dominated TV news coverage this morning: the landfall of Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans, and the speeches from Ann Romney and Chris Christie at the RNC.

On Weather Channel (which it should be noted was the first outlet to report Isaac’s landfall), Al Roker and Jim Cantore reported from inside the heart of the storm this morning. The duo also appeared on “Today”:

For CNN, Anderson Cooper and Rob Marciano reported as Isaac made landfall:

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Cable Channels Plan To Go Live Overnight As Hurricane Isaac Approaches

Hurricane Isaac is expected to make landfall overnight tonight on the Gulf Coast, and you can bet that cable news channels are planning special live programming to cover it. Weather Channel, CNN and Fox News Channel will be live overnight in the hours normally reserved for repeats.

Weather will have live coverage throughout the night, with Reynolds Wolf and Jim Cantore in New Orleans, Mike Seidel in Alabama and Paul Goodloe and Eric Fisher in Mississippi. Locations are subject to change, if Isaac’s path changes.

Fox News will be live from 1-4 AM, with Gregg Jarrett and Jamie Colby anchoring. The network is sending “Fox & Friends First” anchor Anna Kooiman to Baton Rouge, joining Elizabeth PrannJonathan Serrie and Casey Stegall in New Orleans. Steve Harrigan is in Biloxi, MS, Rick Leventhal is in Dauphin Island, AL, and Phil Keating is in Mobile, AL.

CNN will have a live edition of “Piers Morgan Tonight at midnight (it was already planned for the RNC), and will add live coverage from 1-4 AM. “Early Start,” which normally begins at 5 AM, will start even earlier at 4 AM tomorrow.

Update: MSNBC will be live til 1 AM with live coverage of the RNC and Isaac. An overnight decision will be made soon.

Update AM: MSNBC ended up replaying its primetime programming through 3 AM, and rerunning the RNC speeches beginning at 3. It broke into programming twice an hour with Hurricane Isaac updates.

We’ll update with more information as we get it.

Weather Channel Goes To Cuba To Cover Isaac

The potential of a Hurricane Isaac hitting the U.S. (and maybe interrupting the RNC) means that The Weather Channel is back in its wheelhouse.

For the first time ever, Weather will be sending a reporter to Cuba to cover that country as Isaac hits. Mike Seidel is in the city of Varadero in the Caribbean nation, and will be reporting there starting this afternoon. Journalists for many TV news outlets have reported from Cuba before, but the complicated visa process makes it difficult to cover breaking news there.

Meanwhile, Jim Cantore is heading to Florida, for a location TBD, where he will report on Isaac.

Weather Channel routinely becomes a go-to network for viewers whenever there is bad weather, such as hurricanes or blizzards, and Isaac looks to be no exception.

Weather Channel’s 30th Anniversary Plans

The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore in 1991 (l) and 2011 (r)

On Wednesday, The Weather Channel will celebrate 30 years on the air. The channel is planning a celebration on-air online and in the real world.

For starters, the Empire State Building will be decked out in “Weather Channel Blue” lights for the anniversary.

On-air, there will be a retrospective looking back on 30 years of coverage, as well as interviews with key players, employees and on-air personalities. Celebrities and prominent figures will offer congratulations, and a blooper reel will be played.

Online, Weather.com will be getting a site overhaul (more on that Wednesday) and will also have a look back at 30 years of weather fashion, including Jim Cantore with hair (pictured above).

More information, after the jump.

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Al Roker, Brian Williams and Weather Channel Friends Wish Jim Cantore a Very Happy Birthday

It was Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore‘s birthday last week, and the network pulled out all the stops to pay tribute to the man who brought “thundersnow!” to the masses.

Among those paying tribute, Cantore’s colleagues Al Roker and Brian Williams. There was also a “top five” moments list.

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Game On! NBCU to Smother Super Bowl

It’s more than just a game… it’s an opportunity to absolutely blanket TV viewers with the spoils of your consolidated company. Call it Super Bowl everywhere.

NBC TV may have the rights to Super Bowl XLVI, but if you turn on just about any NBCU channel or watch any NBC-produced program you will see Super Bowl-themed programming next week.

NBC, CNBC, Golf Channel, Bravo, Weather Channel, E!, Telemundo, and G4 will all be taking part. The newly named NBC Sports Network (formerly OLN, formerly Versus) will air more than 18 hours of live programming ahead of the game.

The “Today” show starts next Friday, a split show with Al Roker and Ann Curry from Pan Am plaza in downtown Indianapolis. Jenna Wolfe is there for Saturday “Today.” And Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie will join coverage Sunday morning. It hasn’t been announced yet, but Matt Lauer will likely get a pre-game interview with Pres. Obama at the White House, which has become an annual event.

Absent from NBC’s listings is “Meet the Press.” The last two years, when the game was on FOX and CBS, “Fox News Sunday” and “Face the Nation” originated from Cowboys Stadium and Sun Life stadium, respectively.

And there’s more…

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