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KPHO Meteorologist Shows Why Electronics and Water Don’t Mix

This morning on Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO, meteorologist Katie Baker made sure the station engineers will remember her name.

While doing a live interview in a pool, Baker accidentally dipped the wireless mic cube into the water, shorting it out.

When they went back to Baker later in the show, she was using a hardwire mic. She shared her teachable moment with her on camera guest, saying, “So, the first thing I learned, Paul, is that with scuba diving,  you shouldn’t put the mic into the water.”

[Michael Parisi]

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KTLA Anchor Learns The Truth About How Co-Anchor Sees Him in Open Mic Moment

KTLA entertainment anchor Sam Rubin learned a valuable lesson last week: never ask a question if you don’t want to hear the answer.

During the Los Angeles CW affiliate’s morning show, Rubin repeated a question his wife asked him, “Since when did you become that fat guy on that show?”

Traffic report Ginger Chan, who was not on camera, but whose mic was on, could be heard saying, “He’s always been.” The genuine look of fright on Chan’s face is evident as soon as she realized everyone could hear her, including Rubin.

Rubin posted about the gaffe on his facebook page, writing, “[T]his was a very honest; and very funny moment; and I sincerely don’t mind in the least that it was at my expense.”

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WREG Tweets Link to Porn Website Instead of Weather Update

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Memphis CBS affiliate WREG tried to give viewers more information about impending rain and storms by sending out a link to its online interactive radar. Instead, it sent out a link to a porn website. (see screen grab above)

UPDATE: A station spokesperson told TVSpy, “This morning an inappropriate tweet was sent out from the station’s account. We sincerely apologize, we have taken steps to investigate and to tighten security.”

The station has since deleted the tweet and sent out another tweet apologizing.

Local Stations Have a Difficult Time Reporting Shellshock Bug

Deadspin posted this supercut of local TV newsers attempting to inform viewers about a “potentially catastrophic bug in the Bash shell.”

“Bash” is not a bug; it’s a shell, or a specific type of program inherent to Unix-based computers that allows for the input of commands. The “X” in “OS X” is a Roman numeral (and “Mac” was removed from the title of the operating system two years ago). And as for how “Linux” is pronounced, well, argue that down in the comments.

Open-Mic Moment on News 12 The Bronx Sparks Outrage

Yesterday morning at around 8:25 a.m., News 12 The Bronx reporter Amy Yensi and anchor Matt Pieper were caught in an open-mic moment. The pair were about to report on the need for school crossing guards in certain areas, when they made the following off-the-cuff comments on air:

Pieper: And Dave wants you to also mention that parents do their f**king jobs and walk their little kids to school on their own and not rely on everyone else kind of like people rely on government assistance for their entire lives. And bye Felicia. I actually added the part about government assistance but it’s true. I mean, how old are these kids?

Yensi: I think I qualify for government assistance (laughs)

Pieper: Just check that box, girl

Yensi: #EBT

After the show aired the station’s Facebook page exploded with hundreds of angry comments like these:

Jovahn Howard: News 12 the Bronx should definitely and definitively take action against matt piper and possibly Amy yensi if that was a derogatory statement made towards people of low income (Ebt recipients). Do they understand that the majority of their viewership here in the Bronx could possibly be of low income? And matt piper spewing that foul language and hateful elitist tone should be forced to apologize to the viewers on air and in social media. That was disgusting.

Anne Ledesma: Good to know I was not the only one that heard the f bomb…both their comments were unnecessary especially when talking about children and people that depend on food stamps…I know of old people that have worked their entire life and get pennies from retirement not cool…and to think I liked Amy and Matt… #dontwanttoseetheminthemorningnomore

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KMSP Shows Spider-Man Video During Story on Ray Rice

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Well, that didn’t go well. Minneapolis-St. Paul Fox station KMSP intended, we assume, to show video of Ray Rice during its story Thursday about Ray Rice, and his quasi-apology to his wife for a nauseating incident of domestic violence. Instead, the station showed video of a person in a Spider-Man costume being punched.

The banner, which reads “Rice’s Apology”, remains up as the would-be webslinger is slugged and knocked to the ground, and that left anchor Kelcey Carlson to try and clean up and move on.

Watch it here.

WTVT Sparks Criticism with Baseball Tweet

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WTVT, the Fox-owned station in Tampa, deleted a tweet about the departure of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price for Detroit. The tweet, which mocked Detroit as an urban ruin compared to Tampa Bay’s beautiful beaches, was roundly knocked. Yahoo Sports writer David Brown described the effort at comedy as “shameful”:

Not original or funny, just mean-spirited and misleading. In fact, St. Petersburg, Fla., (where the Rays play) doesn’t compare as well to Detroit as Fox 13 might think when it comes to crime. And if you’ve ever actually been to Detroit, and interacted with the people who work and live there, you’d never consider hurting their feelings like this.

Sports Illustrated called the joke “awful”–”Ha! Poverty! Hilarious!”–and questioned the sincerity of the station’s apology, which came in meme form. SI said that “doesn’t really convey sincerity.”

Cox Reporter Stopped By TSA Agent Who Isn’t Familiar With the District of Columbia

Justin Gray DC licenseFile this under people who need a geography lesson: a TSA agent in Orlando recently stopped Justin Gray, a Washington correspondent for Cox Media Group, because he did not recognize his D.C. driver’s license as a valid form of identification.

Gray, who says his license is legal and up-to-date, says the agent said he did not recognize the license and asked him for his passport. Gray told the agent he did not have his passport and, after a brief conversation, realized the agent did not know what the District of Columbia is.

The agent eventually let him through. Gray filed a report on the incident yesterday: “The TSA says because of what happened to me, they’re now showing pictures of DC IDs to every TSA agent there in Orlando,” he said. Watch the report after the jump. Read more

Rowdy World Cup Fan Brings NSFW Moment to WPLG Live Shot

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Sports, booze, and live TV. It can be a toxic cocktail at times. And it was for WPLG sports reporter Clay Ferraro Sunday night. The liveshot ticks off most of the items on the Greatest Hits List of Annoyances While Live: people waving, grabbing for the microphone, and saying something that really ought never be said on a newscast. Seriously, not ever.

The profane partier, however, wasn’t all that original–appearing to grab a phrase from this notorious fake NSFW local news liveshot.

Instagram user Chris Fischer posted a video, and don’t play it at work or with children nearby: Read more

KTVU Airs Wrong Graphic for Starbucks Price Hike Story

KTVU StarbucksKTVU, the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate, aired an over the shoulder graphic during its Friday night 10:00 p.m. that seemed to veer towards commentary.

Julie Haener was reading a story about Starbucks’ plan to hike prices. Over her shoulder? A graphic from fake Starbucks store Dumb Starbucks.

KTVU news director Lee Rosenthal told TVSpy, “The graphic was in our system from our previous report a few months ago and wasn’t purged, which led to it accidentally re-appearing on air.”

[Rich Lieberman]