In the spirit of showing the serious effects of Hurricane Sandy along with the absurd, WRC, the Washington, D.C. NBC owned station, bore witness to a scantily dressed example of the absurd as a man wearing just a horse head mask and a pair of athletic shorts jogged through a morning live shot.
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Beckford made her debut this morning, reporting live on Hurricane Sandy from Long Beach. Morning anchor Michael Gargiulo introduced her during the 7amET hour, saying, “What a debut you’re making, Checky.”
“Not the most flattering appearance, guys,” Beckford said. “The wind slapping me in my face, the rain coming down hard. It’s extremely hard to stand here now as each hour goes by.”
Beckford comes from KOVR in Sacramento, where it is 61 degrees and sunny today.
KELO, the CBS affiliate for Sioux Falls, SD has named Sammi Bjelland (pictured on the left) anchor for its 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscast. Bjelland replaces Angela Kennecke (pictured on the right) who had been the evening anchor for the last 21 years.
The station explained Kennecke’s move in a statement posted to their website saying, “KELO-TV is growing its Back to Business web page and business and consumer reporting. We feel the best way to do that is for Angela to take on a new role as Business editor.”
Bjelland comes to KELO from KEYC the Mankato, MN FOX and CBS affiliate where she was a multimedia journalist.
You can watch a story KELO put together about Kennecke’s switch from working nightside to days by clicking here.
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]
“It’s so exciting to be able to begin my career at a station like TV3 Winchester,” Lewis told TVSpy. “I’m pleased to know they believe I am a perfect fit for the station and looking forward to reporting my first story.”
Lewis will begin his first job in TV news next Monday.
Stations in major markets across the East Coast chose to preempt, or partially preempt, network morning shows Monday to remain in extended local coverage of Hurricane Sandy.
In New York City, where the subways and buses have been shut down since Sunday night, the local stations all began live storm coverage at 4amET. NBC O&O WNBC went to “Today” at 7 a.m. and returned to local programming at 7:30 a.m. WCBS aired only the first hour of “CBS This Morning,” and WABC aired “Good Morning America” in its entirety.
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In Philadelphia, KYW joined “CBS This Morning” a few minutes after 7 a.m. and continued its local newscast on CW affiliate WPSG. WCAU aired the first half hour of “Today” and returned to local coverage at 7:30 a.m., and WPVI aired “Good Morning America.” Read more
Johansen, who had been out of TV for four years, last managed the congressional campaign for Frank Palombo, who lost his bid to represent North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District to challenger Walter Jones, Jr. in that race’s primary.
Previously, Johansen was news director at Greenville’s ABC affiliate WCTI.
>Update: WNCT vice president and general manager Vickie Jones told TVSpy, “Ingrid has television news management experience, local market knowledge, and a passion for news… All attributes that make her uniquely qualified to lead the best television news team in Eastern North Carolina!”
Local news stations up and down the East Coast have been busy keeping viewers up-to-date on the progress of Hurricane Sandy. Meteorologists bear a heavy load during severe weather, staying on the air for hours at a time giving viewers as much information as possible to keep them safe.
Like any breaking news event on television though, there is a fine line between providing much needed information to the viewer and keeping viewers eyes glued to the screen. TVSpy talked to veteran WTVJ meteorologist, John Morales about the role weathercasters play during hurricane coverage. His advice? Stick to the facts. ”Don’t worry, you won’t be boring by not exaggerating or hyping,” Morales told TVSpy. ”The weather story itself is fascinating.” He said viewers will appreciate it later.
The chief meteorologist for the Miami NBC owned station also said it’s important to be mindful of what you say and how you say it. ”Viewers, especially your most loyal ones, can often tell how serious a threat is by simply watching your body language and listening to your tone of voice.” Read more
As stations up and down the East Coast were live with Hurricane Sandy coverage throughout the night (more on that later), The Hartford Courant is reporting that suspicious packages were delivered to two stations in Hartford around 4amET Monday.
Packages were dropped outside the front foyer at NBC O&O WVIT and near ABC affiliate WTNH. The areas were shut down and the bomb squad was called in to investigate, West Hartford police said. The Courant has details on a a suspect:
West Hartford police said they are looking for a white man, possibly in his 40s, with grayish hair who was driving a late model small silver car, possibly a Chevrolet Cobalt or Monte Carlo with a spoiler and sunroof.
>Update: a WVIT spokesperson tells TVSpy that police have removed the package and are evaluating it.
As news stations along the East Coast begin ramping up, cities are shutting down. As Hurricane Sandy marches north, preparing for that hard left turn into New Jersey tomorrow night, New York City is shutting down schools, public transit, and calling for a mandatory evacuation in low lying areas. This image (right) from Weather Channel shows just how large an area the high winds associated with the storm will stretch by Tuesday morning. Our TVNewser/TVSpy party set for Monday night is postponed as is Broadcasting & Cable’s 22nd annual Hall of Fame gala. B&C has pushed back the black tie event to December 17. And our pre-election party will now be a post-election party, date TBD. For all you reporters and meteorologists covering the storm, and all you anchors and producers locked up in your stations for the next few days, stay safe out there.