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Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Sandy’

Local Stations Ready for Next Step in Covering Sandy

TVNewsCheck has a story outlining the coverage efforts of local TV stations up and down the East Coast.

The article points out the amount of planning news directors needed in order to get ready to cover the storm and initial clean up.

“Everybody left home on Saturday prepared to be gone for five to seven days,” says Michele Butt, news director of Hearst’s NBC affiliate WBAL Baltimore. “You don’t stop covering the storm just because the sun comes out.”

Stations booked hotel rooms, stocked up on petty cash and food supplies and even supplied crews rope to tie down dishes on live trucks.

Throughout the day Monday, local TV news operations in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston ran non-stop storm tracking radar images and news tickers with emergency information and weather updates. Reporters, ma[n]y pulling 12-hour shifts, stood by coastlines and waterways from Ocean City, Md., to New England poised for potentially destructive surges. Read more

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Hurricane Live Shot Disrupted, ‘Gangnam Style’

A lighthearted moment amidst a long weekend of serious Hurricane Sandy coverage on Norfolk’s WAVY: during a live shot from the beach on Sunday, two people ran into the station’s shot and started doing the “Gangnam Style” dance (video above).

To the station’s credit, the control room went to video immediately. [h/t The 24/7 Newsroom]