Saturday, August 27, 2005

Local Coverage of Hurricane Katrina

KTBS, Channel 3, always seems to devote more resources in covering hurricanes than other other station in the area and this time is not any different. Through the weekend it looks like Mark Rowlett and Jennifer Gray will man the KTBS weather center and Ed Walsh is in New Orleans and will be providing updates.

UPDATE: 8/28 KSLA, Channel 12 has sent a crew down to South Louisiana. Reporter Fred Childers broadcasted LIVE from near Baton Rouge last night on the station's 10pm newscast.

UPDATE: 5:07pm KTAL's Todd Warren and Lane Stone reported from The Big Easy via cell phone during the stations evening newscast. Stone just promised LIVE pictures in a few minutes. Meanwhile, the main focus here in the Ark-La-Tex is the influx of evacuees. Motels all across the area, including the small town in which I live, are filled.

5:18pm KTBS's Ed Walsh is broadcasting LIVE from New Orleans.

5:30pm KTAL broke away from local coverage and is now airing coverage from WDSU in New Orleans.

5:31pm Oh wow! KTAL stayed with WSDU's coverage for one whole minute. What was up with that? I guess KTAL is pre-empting NBC Nighty News for more local hurricane coverage.

6:05pm KTAL is back to regular NBC programming and has the news crawl up and a radar image of the progress of Hurricane Katrina while it resumes normal programming.

Additional: This from an e-mailer: "KARK sent their weekend meteorologist Dan Skoff to cover the hurricane. He reported live from Mandeville, LA Sunday at 10pm."

30 Comments:

At 9:31 AM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK was the hands-down winner this weekend. This is only the second time in the last 100 years that a Level 5 hurricane has hit the Louisiana coastline... nobody at KATV or KTHV thought that was newsworthy ?

 
At 9:52 AM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure KATV will dust off archive footage from past Hurricanes and then pat itself on the back for being really good many years ago.

 
At 11:18 AM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who remembers when Louisa Drouet was doing that herbal love potion story and said, on the air: "Now maybye everyone in Little Rock will get a little nookie!" """

 
At 11:19 AM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That footage from 1965 would be good.

 
At 11:20 AM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who remembers when Louisa Drouet was doing that herbal love potion story and said, on the air: "Now maybye everyone in Little Rock will get a little nookie!" """

What about when she told Tommy Smith she liked a guy that knew how to "fiddle the bean" I think he even had T-shirts made.

 
At 11:59 AM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK did a better job than KATV and KATV need to learn from KARK and jet did of the bald headed jackass GM!

 
At 1:11 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job KARK. Of course the headlines in the papers will probably say "KATV and KTHV commit to Arkansas viewers by keeping its staff in the state." Don't worry KARK, viewers are taking notice of the work you do.

 
At 1:45 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was too funny.... anybody know what ever happened to Drouet?

 
At 1:46 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Northwest Arkansas?

 
At 1:56 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger The Salty Dog said...

KNWA did a few stories and a network whip and then went to KARK's Skoff (identifying him as KNWA meteorologist). The problem is really more of a credibility issue. It was not too bad of a block - if the weather guy had a degree in meteorology and wasn't 20, though, it would help.

 
At 2:37 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, because it's so important that TV people have a degree to read a teleprompter and do half-ass reporting.

Just look good, baby. That and try to be as corny as possible.

 
At 3:10 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are referring to KARK's meteorologist, he is in his late 20s and has a very good degree from the University of Oklahoma in meteorology. His credibility is tremendous and he knows what he is talking about. Just wanted to clear that up.

 
At 3:33 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan also has extensive experience as a storm chaser.

 
At 3:51 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loud noises!

 
At 4:25 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Louisa Drouet these days? I really did enjoy the "nookie" remark she made on the air....

I wonder if KATV even realized a hurricane was heading towards Louisiana?

 
At 6:19 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case you missed the 5:00 liveshot (actually the 5:16 pm liveshot), Mr. Skoff stood in front of a fallen tree and said riding out the storm was 'a once in a lifetime experience.'

Now that is the type of customized coverage that reporters for the south Louisiana staions couldn't hope to deliver for their sister-stations in Little Rock and beyond.

If you are going to commit the personnel and resources to cover the "BIG" story (which, it turns out, was shamelessly overhyped by national networks...'catastrophic,' biblical proportions,' 'will there be a New Orleans tomorrow?') then at least find an Arkansas angle while you're down there.

 
At 1:47 AM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA had the Best Coverage Sunday night and Monday morning.

 
At 7:27 AM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are going to commit the personnel and resources to cover the "BIG" story (which, it turns out, was shamelessly overhyped by national networks...'catastrophic,' biblical proportions,' 'will there be a New Orleans tomorrow?') then at least find an Arkansas angle while you're down there.

Right now at least 55 dead and still hundreds missing. Just how many deaths do you need before you'll call it 'catastophic'. The 'hype' saved thousands of lives. People that had never evacuated fro a hurricnae before left and it saved their lives. Sure the storm wobbled and New Orleans was spared the full force but there is no way you can say this storm was 'over-hyped'

Then again I bet you would also complain about not enough coverage.

Do us all a favor and shut the he!! up!

 
At 7:40 AM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw it and thought Dan did great. I bet Brett was a little jealous as he's from MS...

 
At 7:57 AM, August 30, 2005, Blogger The Salty Dog said...

Actually, I t

 
At 7:58 AM, August 30, 2005, Blogger The Salty Dog said...

Actually I was referring to the KNWA weather staffer, not Dan Skoff who DID seem to do a fine job on the ground in LA

 
At 8:27 AM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a friend who was fortunate to see Louisa's mouse tatoo next to her quimmy. Maybe he was the one she was talking about getting a liitle nookie! He said she was a
category 5!

 
At 11:19 AM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loud noises!

 
At 11:51 AM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Louisa has a mouse tatoo by her... ? Are you serious ??? I think not.

 
At 9:58 PM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

""If you are going to commit the personnel and resources to cover the "BIG" story (which, it turns out, was shamelessly overhyped by national networks...'catastrophic,' biblical proportions,' 'will there be a New Orleans tomorrow?') then at least find an Arkansas angle while you're down there.""

EXCUSE ME?! Have you seen the footage? Have you heard New Orleans is flooded? Have you heard the death toll is at 200 and climbing? I hope you realize this was a horrible event and New Orleans will NEVER be the same.

 
At 10:52 PM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are going to commit the personnel and resources to cover the "BIG" story (which, it turns out, was shamelessly overhyped by national networks...'catastrophic,' biblical proportions,' 'will there be a New Orleans tomorrow?') then at least find an Arkansas angle while you're down there.

I happen to be the proud father of Dan Skoff. You can only hope to have as much dedication to your job, as Dan has regarding his meteorology degree specialty - severe weather. He covered the F5 tornado in OK and has chased and filmed more tornados than you will ever see on TV (75 to be exact). I suggest you walk in his shoes before you walk and talk in a derogatory manner about something I am absolutely sure you know nothing about. You've already proved this when you made the above comment about the over hype of Katrina.

 
At 11:52 PM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any other members of Dan's family care to comment? Perhaps a great aunt or a third couisn?

 
At 8:30 AM, August 31, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think if you notice I said Dan did a great job...

KARK is lucky to have him!

 
At 8:36 AM, August 31, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do Arkansas stations send their anchors/reporters/meteorologists/
cameramen/satelite trucks to another state to cover a story?

a. Because their staff can do a far better job than the network or local people already on the scene.

b. Because their staff know the
area and the people much better than the network or local reporters
already on the scene.

c. Because they are afraid all the
other stations will be doing it.

d. Because they want to make a cool promo with their staff being blown around by hurricane force winds (after all, win weather and win the ratings).

e. Because there are legitimate Arkansas angles to cover that won't get covered unless they go.

f. Good question. These jaunts are driven by competition, rarely add much to the national coverage and have little or no benefit to the average Arkansas viewer.

If you answered a. or b. you are probably in newsroom management. If you answered c. or d. you are probably in newsroom management and are honest. If you answered e. you are in newsroom management and we need more like you. If you answered f. you are probably one of the newscrew members sent south and sleeping in their trucks last night.

 
At 7:13 AM, September 01, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer is both D and E.

 

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