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WSB News Director on Infamous 25-Box: ‘This Whole Thing is Kind of Funny’

WSB 24 boxTVNewsCheck talks to WSB news director Mike Dreaden about the Atlanta ABC affiliate’s infamous 25-box. Dreaden said he was surprised at the attention it got: “This whole thing is kind of funny,” he said.

For Dreaden, however, the attention given to graphic has been misplaced. The truly noteworthy thing about the news box is that it graphically demonstrated the ABC affiliate’s technical and logistical prowess, he says. “I was proud of it because it showed the scope of our coverage.”

The WSB graphic, which first appeared on the station’s 4 p.m. newscast Jan. 29, was actually produced before the show. “Not everyone was actually live at the moment we went to air with the news box,” Dreaden says. “We do not have the ability to do 25 live shots simultaneously.”

But the station had 25 reporters in the field ready to go live at any moment, Dreaden says. WSB used the news box to establish its presence in the field then switched to graphics with bullet points and text highlighting closings and other important storm news before anchors starting throwing the coverage to any one of the 25 reporters for a live update.

From a 14-Box to a 25-Box

With Atlanta still in crisis mode after yesterday’s winter storm, ABC affiliate WSB has added even more reporters to its coverage. At the top of the 4 p.m. newscast today, WSB debuted a 25-box. Most impressively, the station was able to get all 25 reporters on the screen at once:

WSB 24 box

For those of you keeping track at home, that’s 11 reporters more than WSB had yesterday and 15 more than CNBC’s infamous ‘decabox.’

Atlanta Stations Balance State of the Union and Weather Coverage

Atlanta stations balanced two major stories — the President’s fifth State of the Union address and a winter storm blanketing the Deep South — during primetime Tuesday night.

CBS affiliate WGCL stayed in local coverage until immediately before the President was announced, opting out of Scott Pelley‘s national broadcast until 9:14 p.m. The station kept up a lower-third with school closings and other weather-related information during the speech. Scott Light and Stephany Fisher took over with storm coverage at the conclusion of the CBS special report around 10:45 p.m.

NBC affiliate WXIA took Brian Williams‘ national coverage on its main channel beginning at 9pmET. The station kept up a banner informing viewers that storm coverage continued on its subchannel. WXIA went back to local coverage at 10:50 p.m., with Brenda Wood and Jeff Hullinger anchoring.

Fox owned WAGA broadcast Shepard Smith‘s report beginning at 9pmET. Cynne Simpson and Russ Spencer took over with local coverage at the conclusion of Smith’s national broadcast at 10:44 p.m.

ABC affiliate WSB also took ABC’s national coverage with Diane Sawyer and and George Stephanopoulos beginning at 9pmET. Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore took over at 10:42 p.m., immediately after the conclusion of the GOP response.

Atlanta Station Finds 14 Ways to Talk About Snow

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.

WSB Replacing ‘Katie’ With ‘Dr. Oz’

katie syndicatedAtlanta ABC affiliate WSB will replace “Katie” with “The Dr. Oz Show” next fall, Access Atlanta reports. “Katie” will come to an end in June as Katie Couric transitions into her new role as global anchor for Yahoo!.

Mehmet Oz‘s show will move to WSB from WAGA, the Fox owned station in Atlanta. Fox has not yet announced what will replace “The Dr. Oz Show,” Access Atlanta reports.

With its move to WSB, “The Dr. Oz Show” will have aired on three stations in the Atlanta market: it first debuted on NBC affiliate WXIA in 2009, then moved to WAGA in 2011.

WATCH: Atlanta Crew Catches Driver’s Odd Behavior On Tape

Had WSB reporter Liz Artz and her photographer not recorded what they witnessed on a busy Atlanta freeway many people probably wouldn’t believe that it really happened.

Artz saw a man slumped over the wheel of his truck and drooling while the truck was stopped and idling in the slow lane of a busy freeway, so she called 9-1-1 for help.

A Georgia HERO (Highway Emergency Response Operator) unit arrived and tried to help the man who was sleeping or passed out but the man woke up and drove off after a struggle with the HERO. With the Atlanta ABC affiliate’s camera rolling, the man then crashed his truck into several cars.

But he wasn’t done. The sleeping/passed out/delirious driver then jumped out of his truck, climbed a tree and hopped a fence. Police still haven’t found him. You can watch the raw video after the jump. Read more

Meteorologist Arielle Nixon Set to Join WAWS

arielle nixonMeteorologist Arielle Nixon is leaving Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO, the Des Moines Register reports. Nixon is set to join WAWS, the Fox affiliate in Jacksonville.

Nixon joined WHO in 2012 as the station’s morning meteorologist. She will join WAWS as the weekend meteorologist, the Register reports.

Nixon, a Georgia native, began her career in television as an intern at WSB and WAGA in Atlanta.

Atlanta Gunman Ordered School Employee to Call WSB

During the school shooting in Atlanta Tuesday afternoon, the gunman ordered a school employee to call WSB, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta.

After the school employee placed the call, she was connected to an assignment editor, Lacey Lecroy, who talked about the conversation during the station’s continuing coverage of the incident. “All my time doing this I’ve never experienced anything like this … she said, ‘he wants me to give a message to Channel 2. He wants Channel 2 to come here,” she said (video above).

“I never heard him, just her. I asked her why and he said he wanted us to start filming as police die … I was so worried for her,” Lecroy said.

Atlanta Stations Cover Decatur School Shooting

Atlanta stations broke into regular programming this afternoon after at least one gunshot was fired at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, a charter elementary school in DeKalb County.

ABC affiliate WSB was the first station to report the news at 1:13pmET. Fox O&O WAGA broke in to afternoon programming at 1:19pmET, with CBS affiliate WGCL following at 1:20pmET. NBC affiliate WXIA reported the news at 1:26pmET.

All four stations were careful in describing the situation, as there was initial confusion about whether shots had been fired. WSB’s Carol Sbarge said there had been “some sort of police incident” at the school, while WAGA’s Lisa Rayam reported a “heavy police presence” after reports of a “man sitting in the front office with a gun.” On WGCL, Jeff Chirico also referred to the unfolding news as an “incident,” and WXIA’s Jaye Watson reported a 911 call “of shots fired at this elementary school.”

WSB’s Ryan Young filed a report from his iPhone after arriving on the scene. Watch it after the jump. Read more

Ray Moore, Former WSB Anchor and News Director Dies

Ray Moore, former news director and main anchor for Atlanta’s WSB has died.

WSB reports Moore died one week shy of his 91st birthday after a fall in his home last week.

Moore started with WSB radio in 1951. One year later he went to work for WSB-TV when it was an NBC affiliate. In 1969 he resigned as WSB news director and joined cross-town rival WAGA (FOX) when it was a CBS affiliate. While working for Georgia Tech, he was credited with creating a video presentation that helped Atlanta land the 1996 Olympics.

WSB said services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA.

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