“Neville loves weather…it’s his passion,” Sherrie Brown, KMBC news director said in a statement. “He’s so good at focusing on what people need to know and telling them in a clear and straightforward manner.”
A power outage caused by the winter storm making its way up the East Coast knocked WPDE, the ABC affiliate in Florence, S.C., off the air last night, the station says on its website:
We lost power to the transmitter around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and went to generator power. The generator is no longer putting out enough power to keep us on the air.
We apologize for the inconvenience and will work to keep you updated on CarolinaLive.com and through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
A massive winter storm made its way up the East Coast Wednesday night, presenting a challenge for NBC affiliates forced to balance covering the storm with NBC’s primetime coverage of the Sochi Olympics.
The NBC owned stations in the storm’s path – WRC in Washington and WCAU in Philadelphia — aired the Olympics uninterrupted, as did NBC affiliates WCNC in Charlotte, WXIA in Atlanta, WNCN in Raleigh-Durham, WXII in Greensboro, N.C. and WSLS in Roanoke.
A handful of NBC affiliates — including WBAL in Baltimore, WAVY in Norfolk, WWBT in Richmond, WVTM in Birmingham and WYFF in Greenville, S.C. — included a lower-third banner with local closings and weather updates during all or part of NBC’s Olympic coverage.
(Pictured, L-R: WRC, WAVY, WXIA, WWBT)
“I don’t think anyone takes it as bad as I do when it comes to busting a forecast. I’m very sorry,” Yakoubian wrote on his facebook page. “For the longest time, there really appeared to be a winter weather threat, but the first clue nothing would materialize happened last Sunday night. I remember seeing the afternoon and evening model runs really cut back on the precipitation and that’s when I should have bailed on the snow forecast.”
As of this writing, 2,681 people liked his facebook post. For perspective, the Little Rock DMA has about 571,000 households.
The story coming out of Atlanta after the snowstorm two weeks ago was all about the influx of people onto local roads trying to get home at the same time.
With an ice storm forecast for this week and Governor Nathan Deal declaring a state of emergency for more than 40 Georgia counties in anticipation of the storm, all the Atlanta stations TVSpy spoke with said the same thing: this storm is all about power. Predictions call for ice and wind to bring down power lines and cause major power outages.
Cox owned ABC affiliate WSB, FOX owned station WAGA and Meredith’s CBS affiliate WGCL told us they were in “all-hands on-deck mode” with crews spread out across the Atlanta metro area and staffers working 12-hour shifts to cover the event with wall-to-wall coverage. But what good is all that coverage if no one can see it?
As WSB news director Mike Dreaden told us, Atlanta viewers need to make sure the batteries in their laptops, mobile devices and radios are ready to go. Like WSB, all the stations we spoke to plan on relying on their radio partners and their live streaming ability to keep viewers up-to-date in case the power goes out.
WGCL VP and GM Trey Fabacher said his station is going old school and partnering with talk radio station WGST. The AM radio station has plans to simulcast the CBS affiliate’s continuing breaking news coverage. Read more
“My 401K looks good, pension looks fine,” Jackson joked. “This station has been absolutely fantastic to me and I leave my best friends here … It’s been a great run and a privilege to serve the people of North Texas.”
The page, called “I Support Lisa & Joel!” has, at this writing, 776 members. The website’s mission is written on the page, “In case you haven’t heard, Joel Nichols and Lisa Teachman were forced from KMBC 9. The Mission of this group is to show support for Joel & Lisa.”
One commenter wrote, “It was a pleasure getting to know both Lisa and Joel!! Half my life was spent watching Joel. Lisa is a grade A professional!! I will miss them both!!”
TVSpy has asked for KMBC’s reaction to the page. We will update when we hear back.
A reporter and a photojournalist from KBAK-KBFX were among the many news crews dispatched to report on the winter weather across the country this week. On their way to the Sierra Nevada mountains, where they were tasked with reporting a story on how snow levels are affecting California water levels, Jonathan Gonzalez and Johnny Guillen were thwarted by a car accident right in front of them.
“Stuck in the snow, stuck without a story” as they waited for the traffic to clear, Gonzalez and Guillen instead interviewed the people around them about the snow, the road conditions and how they planned to pass the time. Watch:
“Of all the names associated with Detroit television, Chuck Gaidica is one of the most respected and beloved,” Marla Drutz, VP and GM of WDIV said in a statement. “When Chuck came to me some time ago with a desire to change his position at the station, I was naturally very sad. I’ve known him since 1983 so I know that when he makes a decision of this magnitude that he has come to it after serious thought.”
Gaidica has worked at WDIV since 1987. He is leaving in August 2014
Atlanta’s WSB-TV stuck a 14-box on their air tonight – pic.twitter.com/XLKgD4uHoC
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) January 29, 2014
Viewers of Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB can’t say the station wasn’t ready for the snow fall in the South.
WSB told viewers at the top of its 5:00 p.m. news they were covering the storm with “Our reporters in place well ahead of the storm.”
The above tweet from media blogger Matthew Keys shows 14 reporters standing by to hit the story from at least 14 angles.
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