Wednesday, September 05, 2007

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: J
ust 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.

39 Comments:

At 8:35 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's because Today's THV is DA BOMB!!!! How's that for some street lingo!!!

THV has the best weather team!!!

 
At 8:42 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're wrong. KARK did cut-ins and had the weather map in the corner during "Outrageous Moments" which was airing from 7pm to 8pm.

If you have trouble counting to 4, then you might go back to school.

 
At 8:44 PM, September 05, 2007, Blogger DCG said...

K...just realized why I didn't see that on KARK. KTAL( a nexstar nbc station) covers up KARK programming in the evenings. Sorry, I'm usually not home during the evenings.

 
At 8:45 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people that leave comments on this board always distort the truth. I wasn't watching it the whole time but I never saw any of them on the air. When there is severe weather in the area I expect live coverage, I'm disappointed Little Rock!

And weather maps in the corner don't cut it either. At least it's more that just the weather channel's ticker and no radar though

 
At 9:09 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason is that we are neglected here in the South. There have been numerous occasions where there was a Tornado or Svr Thdr Strm Warning in the southern counties and the "Little Rock" stations don't report on them.

I don't know if it is because we are outside their target audience (even though we do watch them) or if the NWS doesn't issue warnings for Southern Counties through the LR office. I would hope that the latter is true. Likely the warnings are being issued out of Shreveport and not LR. However, Clark Co is definitely out of the LR NWS.

 
At 9:15 PM, September 05, 2007, Blogger DCG said...

What's pathetic is the TV stations have automatic systems to put the warnings on the screeens. They catch..well suppose to.. all warnings issued by all the NWS offices. All the station has to do is program the codes in the systems. Just like the radio stations are suppose to utilize the Emergency Alert System which automatically puts the audio from the NWS on the station's air. Only thing most radio stations DON'T use the features it was designed for. It's no lie down here the best thing is a weather radio. So much for the tv and radio stations providing the services its suppose too under its FCC license. Let's all thank computers for doing away with LIVE, breathing human beings at the TV and radio stations around the clock.

 
At 10:10 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much for the tv and radio stations providing the services its suppose too under its FCC license. Let's all thank computers for doing away with LIVE, breathing human beings at the TV and radio stations around the clock.

And soon, very soon, you will see more and more "LIVE, breathing human beings" being replaced by automation. The news, production and techincal (used to be engineering when there were real engineers)people will be replaced, saving management tons of money in the long run. But that's broadcasting. It's no fun anymore.

 
At 11:05 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it. Are you wanting live break-ins every time there's rain? Or a thunderstorm? I'm with you that tornado warnings of any sort warrant an immediate live update. And 9:09, you are wrong. I've seen all LR stations give updated severe weather information in the South. We were down south when the Dumas tornado hit that weekend. For some reason, we only picked up kark and they were all over that storm from the moment it crossed into AR from Louisiana.

 
At 11:48 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sometimes you're first, sometimes you're not. sometimes you have your head up your a$$ and don't do anything. ed is always on top of things. i trust ed!!!!!!

 
At 2:45 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever notice that during the local news the annoying map and warnings disappear from the screen. I guess bad weather takes a 30 minute break at 5, 6, and 10.

 
At 6:21 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason is that management does not want the sponsors to be upset because their spot was degraded by the weather warnings. Yes, bad weather does take a break when commercials are run. Again, stations, and networks, run what the sponsors want to see, not the public. If you don't realize that then you are not management material.

 
At 12:39 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Complete disregard for KLRT? Come on people...they are a player now.

 
At 12:41 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For my local severe weather warnings and watches, etc., I use a weather radio. For general weather information on the web, I use weatherinarkansas.com.

 
At 12:50 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So only 1 radio station out of how many in the area was live with the warnings? That's pretty sad, but good for the one that was live I guess.

 
At 1:58 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK 4's weather team will rock your world! OW!!!!!

 
At 2:11 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three Arkadelphia stations did wall-to-wall coverage. They took the air about five minutes after the warning was issued.

 
At 2:18 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it awesome when nobody mentions Fox for an entire thread then someone FROM FOX always chimes in to tell everyone how important they really are even when everyone else forgets they even exist? I think "ironic" would be the word to use there.

 
At 2:23 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are the little engine that could. They have the best set lighting. They wrote the book on digital broadcasting. YOU ARE ALL JEALOUS!!!! Keep hating on them and you'll give us more reason to stick it to the big three.

 
At 5:14 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear 6:21 AM, September 06, 2007.

Not talking about the commercials. I am talking about the actual news and sports segments.

If you tune in during the news and sports spots, you would have no idea that a tornado was three trailer parks away from your house.

Watch next time, the minute the 5-6-or-10 news ends.....the annoying weather map returns.

 
At 6:23 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were no storm reports in AR:

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/070905_rpts.html


#1-There is no law that requires a station to break into regular programming.

#2-There is no law that the meteorolgist has to agree with the National Weather Service.

#3-There is also no law that states that you have to run a crawl. Before you argue that fact, you better do your homework. (I know someone will argue that truth)

 
At 6:25 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's up with the freak always bragging about set lighting at KLRT. Get over it loser!

 
At 6:39 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least one Little Rock station was covering the severe weather. I heard the guy on The Point 94.1 giving the tornado warning and severe thunderstorm warnings. I think they're one of the few that still have an actual live person in the evenings.

 
At 12:21 AM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also:


they really need to get which person they want to write this superbad smack talk in. They, us, them....I'm confused. I really hope that this isn't a news writer on the other end.

 
At 6:51 AM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed is a great weatherman, but that weekend weathergirl is NO good & THV needs to get rid of her and Dawn, for those reasons the station is total no good at the news when they are on the air.

 
At 12:10 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

#2-There is no law that the meteorolgist has to agree with the National Weather Service.

No, they just read what the MWS has forecast and change it just enough to make everyone think that it is their (the station's weather guy's)forecast.

ALL the forecasts come from the pros at NWS, not the wannabe weatherpeople on the local tube.

 
At 12:13 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The person at 12:14 a.m.needs to improve on their vocabulary. When one has to resort to using profanity to get their point across they are fighting a losing battle with those of us who don't have to talk like that.

 
At 1:12 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:51...

I do agree that the weekend girl is no good, but dawn is by far one of if not the best in this market!

 
At 1:16 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give Meredith a beak... SHe has really improved since she first started.....

 
At 4:39 PM, September 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Arkansas need is more stations that do more jock strap coverage of our Hogs.

We just don't have enough Hog coverage.

 
At 9:42 PM, September 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody bring back Vic Schnedler!

 
At 1:08 AM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you'll have to drag vic out of the bar first.

 
At 8:45 AM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want breaking weather news? Look out your window !!!

 
At 2:57 PM, September 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I can say is that Meredith Mitchell is no Becky Ditchfield. vBecky still rocks.

 
At 7:32 AM, September 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Robin was leaving a couple of weeks ago. She's still on.

 
At 3:53 PM, September 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the Little Rock stations need to start doing wall to wall weather coverage during severe weather, especially during tornado warnings, just like WREG (ch 3) & WMC (ch 5),both out of Memphis, If you wanna learn how to properly cover severe weather, tune in to either of these stations. ALL of the Little Rock stations need to do this ASAP.

 
At 3:57 PM, September 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12:13 PM, Sep. 7, who the hell are you talking to; I don't see any postings on this blog from 12:14 AM.

 
At 1:05 AM, September 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:32, she had to use up her vacation time before she left.

 
At 12:41 PM, September 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Francis can;t suck any harder

 
At 5:01 PM, September 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That guy tries way too hard to be funny. It's annoying.

 

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