Saturday, February 24, 2007

KTHV's Newest Backpack Journalist Files Reports For CNN

KTHV's newest Backpack Journalist Charles Crowson filed reports for CNN Saturday night as part of the cable news channel's coverage of the tornadoes in Dumas. Crowson was LIVE on CNN during the channel's late evening newscast with Rick Sanchez. CNN seems to have dual affiliate coverage in the Little Rock market as it's using video from KATV also.

26 Comments:

At 9:28 PM, February 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yaay for Charles! Every reporter dreams for that impromptu chance after a big storm. I hope he did a good job. I didn't see it, but will try to watch the replay tonight.

 
At 9:52 PM, February 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was hard to tell who stuttered more, Charles or that putz of a CNN anchor.

 
At 8:26 AM, February 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Overall Coverage....

KATV wins, KTHV second, KARK third and then FOX 16.

KATV did the best job, helicopter and all. Thanks for coming in Barry and taking over. THV, thanks for not interupting the game for longer than it takes to tell people where the storm is, where it's heading, and to take cover then get back to basketball. This should only take a minute, not 7 or 8. (Todd Y. you could learn something from this). Jason at KARK.... Hmmmmm, where's Dan when you need him - nice effort, you need a bit more practice. And Troy, well, it wasn't your best coverage day.

What hooked me was video. KATV and video and a copter to show me the scene and had it earlier than 11. Crowson did a better job of reporting that did Kristen "how many cliche's can I use to describe the scene" Fisher.

Other comments?

 
At 9:55 AM, February 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great thrill. Charles Crowson on CNN! You the man!

 
At 10:19 AM, February 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my 2 cents on coverage-

katv, kark, fox, kthv. 8:26, good thinking- don't interrupt that basketball game for what was to become a major tornado.

barry and todd were very good and between the pictures and the chopper, they provided the best coverage.

jason, and eventually bret were very good at kark. yeah, jason is no dan but for the new guy here, i had no problem with his coverage.

i simply didn't see kthv breaking in that much. great for basketball fans, not so much for people in southern ark.

troy was good as always but didn't see them on as much.

 
At 10:59 AM, February 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:19 - About KATV that drives me nuts and used to drive me nuts about KARK, is having nothing new to say and rambling on for 8 to 10 minutes as Todd did. It's a good thing that Barry did come in so that his experience could help Todd get through this outbreak of ONE tornado. YES, it will go down as a big Tornado, probably and F-3 on the E.F.S. There were other tornados too. Probably not as destructive or in the grand sceme as important because a city was nearly wiped away. All that said, there's too much rambling by some and not enough by others. I didn't give one iota about the game on THV. I did appreciate the manner of getting on, relaying the info and getting back to programing. I just grew tired of listening to Todd repeat nothing new. Here's a tip. Give the info and get off the screen. Most viewers, about 98% of them don't know what "velocity" view looks like. KATV tried to show about 5 or 6 different views and all I wanted to see was where the storm was and where it was going to be next then take cover! Don't entice your viewers to hang around and then get blown away by a storm just because you want to show that green means to and red means away and this could mean 100mph winds "oh Boy" this could be bad etc, etc, etc... People are already scared enough when a Tornado Warning is issued. Dammitt Take Cover! (Yes I Rambled)

That said, this was very important to most of SE Arkansas - KATV's bread and butter because the signal for KARK, THV and FOX don't really reach that area of the state that well.

 
At 11:58 AM, February 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironic that a Backpack Journalist had a cameraman for this.

 
At 12:09 PM, February 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV gets all of the points in my book. Sure, there was rambling. At one point, I thought Todd Y. was going to cry he was so wound up about the store. But still, I'll take rambling over sticking with your craptastic Saturday afternoon programming while tornadoes hit the state. I guess Seven *is* News.

 
At 3:50 PM, February 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:09, don't make me puke in my mouth by uttering foolish slogans.

Yes, KATV had the best coverage, mostly because of that outstanding video from the helicopter. It really gave a fantastic perspective. I work in a competing newsroom, and we all stopped to watch when the chopper coverage came on.

As for weather coverage, I mean, can anybody really outdo one another in this market? We all have the same technology, we all told the same people a tornado was coming pretty close to the same time. It's all just a matter of preference after that (even though going on and on for nine minutes without saying anything does get old).

 
At 10:19 PM, February 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:50, stations distinguish themselves on weather in several different ways... Whether or not your display the on-screen graphic... If interrupt programming... How often you interrupt programming... What you have to say when you interrupt...

Yes, Yakoubian got old... But if you were tuned to 7, you at least knew where the storms were instead of watching golf on 4 or who-knows-what on 16.

 
At 3:15 AM, February 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess is comes down to the competitive nature here. It seems the last station out of their severe weather cut in is the winner regardless how much is rehashed. The promo people will claim "their station had this, their station had that" KATV had the best coverage with Barry coming in and the first video with the copter. Todd is still learning, not a bad job. My only critique - Todd spent a little too much time on the air WAY BEFORE this tornado became a story.

I have to ask... those of you weather people out there, at the begining of the day, that portion of the state was rated Moderate risk. Did it verify? Does ONE EF3 tornado a moderate risk make? Or, as in the past, was this a little overblown by the SPC? Should it have been a slight risk at best? I've seen slight risks with bigger outbreaks.

Curious?

What is the best way to handle this type of scenario?

 
At 3:41 PM, February 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at the cluster of storm reports and number of tornadoes, I would say "Yes, the moderate risk verified" for Southeast AR, North LA, and much of MS. What matters the most is that the SPC issued a tornado watch before this.

 
At 7:46 PM, February 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll agree with 3:41, the moderate risk absolutely verified. No, it was not overblown. SPC issued a Particularly Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch for this event. If more of the state had had more sunshine during the morning, and destabilized the atmosphere, the situation could have been much worse for a larger part of the state.

What is the best way to handle this type of scenario? Always keep the public informed as much as possible. During the watch phase, keep the maps up regardless of the programming. When tornadoes start showing up on radar, break in. When tornadoes touch down, get on and stay on until it's over, just like 7 did. Programming can always be re-ran, and sports can be covered in highlights on the main news, but saving lives should always take precedence.

 
At 8:16 PM, February 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember watching this guy on Sports Advantage on UATV.

Way to go Charlie!

 
At 8:25 PM, February 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome, way to go charlie

 
At 8:35 PM, February 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are the rest of the stations going to get a freaking helicopter? KATV has beaten KARK and KTHV time after time with chopper coverage and video. KLRT is still building their news product. They have an excuse for now. But 4 and 11 amaze me at their lack of competitive drive. All they care about is their advertising accounts. They don't really care about beating anyone in ratings. Wonderful. They will make money whether they're No. 2, 3 or 4. Bragging rights don't seem to matter. Don't sexually harass people. Don't say the wrong things to people. Be a good little worker and do a competent job. Amazing. Beating the hell out of the competition doesn't seem to matter in this market except at one station. What a bunch of losers.

 
At 8:42 PM, February 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't that the truth? A bunch of losers sound about riht.

 
At 2:59 AM, February 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't KARK have the "Sky 4" helicopter up until recently? Do they still have it? I remember a blue helicopter with the 4 logo painted on it flying over War Memorial during a Razorback game. It was either on loan to KARK from WSMV Nashville or 4 keeps it hid until really big events like a Razorback game!

 
At 8:53 PM, February 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK had Sky 4 aerials of the storm damage Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They use it when it's necessary.. not for fender benders on 6-30.

 
At 10:36 PM, February 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sky 4 is a kite with a handy-cam hooked to it.

 
At 10:05 AM, February 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK puts "Sky 4" on any aerials thay get - regardless of the source (i.e. shots from WMC's chopper) - don't know about this case in particular, though. Just like KATV puts "Newstar 7" supers up when they are live around the country using someone else's truck. It's all about viewer perception.

 
At 6:58 PM, February 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TOC said that they had to use dual path for the CNN liveshot, one transponder for Charles, and one for his ego.

 
At 8:44 PM, February 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke! He is not even wearing a backpack.

 
At 8:34 AM, March 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want a helicopter shot of Melissa Simas. She gets hotter every day !!!!!

 
At 7:37 PM, March 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a red chopper that they put a sticker on to fly around War memorial. It's now Chopper 7 new paint job and the gizmos to go live.

 
At 12:53 AM, March 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It shoulda been Rupp that got to go on CNN.

 

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