Severe Weather Coverage...Or the Lack There Of...
Was KTHV the only Little Rock station providing severe weather coverage when Clark County was under a Tornado warning? 4 and 7 didn't even have their map in the lower left. Ed Buckner was on the air on Channel 11 providing updates. Was listening to KQUS-FM out of Hot Springs when the warning came across....I bet since most stations are voicetracked and automated it was just about the only radio station covering the weather. See, that's what stinks about automation. It has brought the quality of the public service that TV and radio stations are suppose to provide down.
UPDATE: 7:55pm With five minutes to go for the Tornado Warning for Clark County, KATV puts the warning on the screen. Nothing, nada from KARK.
Correction: Just realized why I didn't see KARK's severe weather coverage. KTAL/Shreveport ( a Nexstar NBC station) covers up KARK programming in the evenings on my cable system. Sorry, I'm usually not home during the evenings.
UPDATE: The Arkadelphia radio stations provided coverage of the storms....Note from new GM Grant Merrill :
You are correct in the fact that things are automated at night, but we were able to get our operations manager into the station about ten minutes after the warning was issued. That is of course a little too late for my liking, but this thing came out of nowhere! I did coverage over the phone using our radar sites that we subscribe to, and Randy Allen was able to get our Office of Emergency Services on the line. We did wall-to-wall coverage until about 8:10 or so. Because of a power outage, KIX 106 was down for a brief period, but we restored service late last night.