Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Severe Weather Round??????......



Looks as though all the Little Rock tv station mets will be busy this evening/night. The cable is out here where I live and I am having to watch online.....Tom Brannon has joined Ed Buckner and I guess Merideth and Tracy Beane are helping at Channel 11......On KATV Todd and Barry are on the air and at Channel Mike and Greg I think is manning the weather center. Hey KATV, you've got on annoying hum in your online streaming and the audio is very distorted and you sound like you are in a fast food place..... Guess I will flip between Channel 11 and Channel 4 online.....

33 Comments:

At 6:05 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you saying that Mike Francis is trying to "scare people" during his Severe Weather coverage or that he's an "ass"...you're retarded. I use to work at 4, w/Mike & Brett and both are 1st class individuals! I'm watching all three stations via internet during the storms.. and I'm impressed with all 3 and their coverage. Their information is informative, detailed and their educating the public on what's going on, before a twister destroys your home or neighborhood or city. So before you critize, get your facts right. These guys are doing the best jobs they can to keep everyone safe.

 
At 6:20 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Tom & Ed are the winning team tonight.

 
At 6:22 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a 4 employee, but I know better than to listen to people about Mike. They just don't like him for some reason. He's not scaring people, he's just cautious which is what you want in a met.

 
At 6:23 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding?! There is funnels in faulkner and 4 is doing a phoner?! NO! Mike needs to be telling people... TAKE COVER NOW! He needs to be tracking the rotation...

 
At 6:24 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well their live coverage is must be much better then their weather apps. My husband and I have been in Hot Springs since Thursday. I was using 7's weather app and it sucks! They did not updated their weather app from 10:00pm Monday night until 7:00am Tuesday morning. I was getting current and updated weather information from my KSLA weather app.

 
At 6:33 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, forget your so called "Big 3" - I'll take Jeff Baskin and Chad Garneau on FOX 16 over all the other stations. Chad's at the desk, Jeff's at the map and Donna and Kevin are at the newsdesk as needed. No scare tactics, over eager screaming bald men, no arguing between the mets and the anchors and no outdated set/graphics/technology. For me (a viewer) it's the complete package.

 
At 7:29 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry 6:20 Ed and Tom are not a winning team. Their not bad just would not consider those to a winning team.

 
At 7:38 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch them all. I live in SEA so when one talks about LR or NWA for the billionth time I'll switch to find my area. Ch 7 is horrible on an HDTV with programming. They actually look better on a regular TV but they are still way behind HDTV. It's a lot easier to see for one reason but no weather man has gotten on my nerves. I mean really?

 
At 8:20 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Todd is going to stroke out if he doesn't calm down.


And when did he become the Lead Met @ KATV? He will hardly let the others get a word in.

 
At 9:50 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perme must be in the tanning bed.

 
At 9:50 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:20 I thought the same thing. Ned and Barry have many more years and storms under their belt. They should lead the coverage.

I flip around all four channels no clear winner. They all had their strong moments. Some had more than others.

 
At 11:10 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Todd did a great job as did Ned and Barry.

 
At 11:21 PM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ned and Barry do have the most experience. But sometimes they have this pained demeanor when they have to do severe weather. It's like someone just shot their dog when they have to come in to go on wall-to-wall.
The weather guys at 4 seem to enjoy their work. They're not sitting on their butts for hours. They're up moving around. They seem engaged. I know it's about warning people about dangerous weather but 4 just puts on a better show. There's more things happening. And the upgrade to HD helps too.

 
At 12:16 AM, April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Tom shamed into coming in tonight?

 
At 8:52 AM, April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 6:33 Poster about FOX 16

The simple fact that you spelled the name Chad Garneaueaoa (Whatever the heck his name is) right told me you're not "just a viewer" give me a break!!! Everyone on this stupid blog is an insider.

Don't be mad that the poster of this blog left FOX 16 out of the screen grabs! It's okay... you'll get there.

I happen to think FOX 16 looks very nice! The problem is that they simply lack content and Jeff Baskerin is a snooze-fest. They're still far better than Channel 11 but not close in the content area to 7 and 4. Plain and simple.

This coming from not just "a viewer"

 
At 11:43 AM, April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot about the wall-to-wall coverage provided by KTBS, KSLA, AND KTAL as the storms rolled through!

 
At 1:00 PM, April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't forget... Im not in that viewing area or have ever scene a show.

Write the blogger to have a thread made about your areas weather coverage.

 
At 1:06 PM, April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that 4 gets down to street level with their radar. Agreed, the energy level is higher on 4 with them up & moving. I still thought Ned, Todd & co did fine. So, 4 by a nose over 7. Even with Tom coming in, 11 still seemed to run in last....IMO

 
At 3:47 PM, April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 8:52 sorry, I can spell. It's actually not a hard name for anyone with a 4th grade education. And yea, just a viewer here, no dog in this fight, simply making an observation. I'm sure you've never set foot out of the state, but don't worry, you'll get there.

 
At 4:04 PM, April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm tired of "blurry windshield wiper cam" when there is a funnel cloud bearing down on my town. Stop that crap.

 
At 4:40 PM, April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was actually referring to the blogger when I talked about the Shreveport stations.

 
At 5:49 PM, April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Replying to:
"I'm tired of "blurry windshield wiper cam" when there is a funnel cloud bearing down on my town. Stop that crap."

That is because:
It is the easiest and safest way to get a shot. It's that or nothing.

Field reporters/ photographer/ engineers should not feel like thier lives are at risk to get a shot up.

If not for skype, they would have to set up a semi truck with a mast (to get a live shot signal out) it is basically a lightning rode. Not only is it not safe, but the station will not let you set it up, because of the danger to everyone and about 100,000 in equipment.

If severe weather comes in quick, you won't even have time to break down all the equipment and get to safety.

Thank you technology for crappy skype.

On the contrary, THV uses Skype to conduct interviews in the studio. Now that is stupid. It looks awful. When will THV learn.

 
At 8:07 PM, April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After watching all the coverage in recent weeks I have a couple of comments. Too often certain stations will zoom way in on a particualr storm and start naming various roads where I doubt very many people live instead of concentrating on the storms bearing down on population centers. Also some stations spend TOO much time concentrating on storms in the farch reaching parts of the state. I expect people in far eastern, southwestern, or northern Arkansas are probably watching stations in Memphis, Shreveport or Springfield. When you have a lot of storms to track at one time keep it on the populated areas of the Little Rock viewing area.

 
At 9:51 PM, April 27, 2011, Blogger DCG said...

Hey 8:07..think again. I live in southwest arkansas and the shreveport stations dont care about us. they only go wall to wall if its effecting shreveport. PLUS the quality of the METS and stations aren't as good as Little Rock. Only problem, we get the feeling Little Rock doesn't care about us down here. Many communities down this way have sent folks to national weather service seminars on how to track storms and the such using computers and some give out that info over their law enforcement/fire scanner channels. AND to further the problem we have, radio stations don't cover the weather either. so we are stuck between here and there and neither one cares that much!

 
At 10:35 PM, April 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with the last post. KTBS and KSLA had crews up there about the flooding. And every station breaks in for your tornado warnings. They usually don't go wall to wall because it has very broad rotation. Also, what do you mean quality of mets? Shreveport had very professional mets!

 
At 1:09 PM, April 28, 2011, Blogger DCG said...

I'm talking about wall to wall continuous weather coverage when severe storms are moving through. sure this area isn't as populated as shreveport and yes you are a shreveport station but do you realize how many people have to rely on yall for coverage. we want to know where it is going, where it will be and how strong it is. the casual cut in doesn't cut it.

 
At 6:55 PM, April 28, 2011, Blogger Lancer said...

I'll give many thanks to Ed & Tom on THV for detailing wind shear that was quickly developing close to Hot Springs Village on Monday night. It actually produced a tornado at that same time & their explanation gave my family the needed urge to head for the basement. It missed us by a little over a mile. Thanks guys.

 
At 2:51 PM, April 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you DCG. I work at one of the Shreveport stations and I know none of us cover Southwest Arkansas like we should. My family in the Hope area rely on the Little Rock stations.

 
At 4:58 PM, April 29, 2011, Blogger DCG said...

But you can't count on Little Rock either. one literally has to become his own met and track the storms on the internet

 
At 2:24 AM, May 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed and Tom did a great job.

 
At 10:53 PM, May 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it's just me but the last couple of times I watched THV's weather segment they had all but abandoned the "Weather Garden Weather Window" of whatever it was. Apparently no one could tame the shadow effect so they went back inside to the green board.

Just can't get over that weather shack is still there, sans lighting and camera resolution. Hey, it could work. Just needs some modernization. I just don't think that even putting siding on it is going to help.

 
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