Friday, May 20, 2011

KARK Newsmobile Floods


This pic came from KARK's face book page. Here are the comments below the pic:

The good news is the water has gone down and the car starts. The bad news is there is water in the cup holders. This is at the train station in LR. Our crew was covering an event there. Not sure if this is due to a water main break, rain or drains blocked. We are investigating.

38 Comments:

At 11:20 PM, May 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They weren't the only ones. KTHV lost a van in the same storm at the same location.

 
At 7:33 AM, May 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV lost an ENG truck and a car! WTG!

 
At 10:30 AM, May 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So was this story worth it? Why were you all there in the first place, and why did you park there?

 
At 1:56 AM, May 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The train comes in at about Midnight going North, and about 3:00 a.m. going South.

I am like the previous poster, why was anyone there and didn't anyone tell you that the area where you were is prone to flood. Must be newbies in town.

Bet management at both stations were livid. But, maybe it was time for new stuff. Hey, not as dumb as they look.

 
At 1:42 PM, May 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, they are as dumb as they look.

 
At 5:14 PM, May 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an events center adjacent to the train station as I understand it. And I doubt the story was worth new vehicles... but like a lot of people, I doubt they realized that the place would flood before it did. It's not like they drove *into* the water.

 
At 10:20 PM, May 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Point is that the worker bees were not as dumb as they look. Who would not want a new vehicle?

Just saying.

 
At 1:01 PM, May 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, that was not the smartest thing for us to do. At least we are not as jacked up as they are in Shreveport.

 
At 2:49 PM, May 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have a point there.

 
At 4:51 PM, May 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happened to tune KARK and saw the bald-headed weather man about to stoke out describing tornadoes on the ground that were spotted by their trained spotter and reporter.

Oh the drama. Switched to KTHV who tell you where it is and don't do so much of the theatrics.

When Brad Cummins or Greg Dee come back on, I might tune to KARK.

 
At 9:34 PM, May 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless you tune to THV and they are in spots or programming with a watch box like this afternoon. At least KARK stays wall to wall when the warnings are up in the D.M.A.

 
At 9:45 PM, May 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you serious? KARK dumped out and ran spots during their 6pm news. there were tornado warnings still within the DMA.

 
At 11:50 PM, May 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is KARK actually sending their reporters into the area where tornadoes are on the ground? Wonder what the liability of that is. I notice that KARK is calling them "Tornado Chasers." I am guessing that they have not had much training in how to do that and, if they catch one, they will learn a lesson. Why isn't the guy with the goggles out there chasing the storms?

 
At 11:33 AM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The petty bitching and/or making fun about the performance of people or a station by some posters can come across as quite small minded. It would be nice if you all could find your way out of the newsrooms and out of the business. Yes, there's always things to complain about but some of you must be pretty unhappy people in general.

My take: Overall 11 performed better than usual. I noticed they had more pics and video. They can be stoic in how they present tornado coverage but some people like a more monotone approach. Just the facts. Their mets have been around a good while and have valuable experience. But sometimes they seem to lack resources. They have a bunch of loyal viewers.

16 is getting better too. They didn't appear to have as many images or video...variety in their coverage. They're clean...maybe the cleanest, least error free broadcast of all the stations. Their mets may need a little more time in the market but definitely getting better.

I think 7 had one storm chaser they were using. They're usually better than how they performed yesterday. Like 11 they are more reserved in their approach. They do have the most tenured weather people which is plus and they have a big audience of loyal viewers. They didn't seem to have has much content as 4 and 11.

Someone once posted 4 has the best "show" during severe weather coverage. I agree. I've watched OK City stations during tornado outbreaks. 4 is the most like OK City stations in terms of how they cover storms. Not nearly to KFOR's level. I like 4's style and they're very knowledgeable. They are intense and there's a lot going on (multiple chasers). But I can see how their style would turn some viewers off.

 
At 11:47 AM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah.. you don't want to be bombarded with too much information when a tornado is bearing down on your ass.

 
At 11:48 AM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. Long periods of silence are what you really want.

 
At 1:31 PM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That way, you can actually hear the tornado approach.

 
At 3:40 PM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The petty bitching and/or making fun about the performance of people or a station by some posters can come across as quite small minded. It would be nice if you all could find your way out of the newsrooms and out of the business. Yes, there's always things to complain about but some of you must be pretty unhappy people in general."

I don't know of many people that have actually been thru a tornado, but once you do, you damn sure won't be chasing one and just asking for it. If I were a reporter/camera person and some weather reader in the studio told me to go toward a tornado so the station's ratings could go up and maybe get some good storm promo shots, I would tell him/her to take this job and shove it.

Nothing like directing from the studio.

 
At 4:08 PM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say if you've been in a LR newsroom for at least 3 years you at least have a solid basic understanding of severe weather. Some stations have offered storm chasing certification. Chasing storms has an inherent risk.
So does does shooting football from the sidelines. I know of a handful of broadcast journalist injured shooting or working the sidelines. Thankfully I have not heard of a recent incident of a local journalist hurt covering tornados.

 
At 4:30 PM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people out there chasing storms want to be out there chasing storms. No one is forcing them. Plus, they have received spotter training from the National Weather Service.

 
At 10:06 PM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I did not know that. Well, then, they are impervious to any storm. That's great.

If you think that standing on the sidelines watching a football game is just as dangerous and chances of getting injured are the same as being in the path of a tornado in a news car, then I have some land to sell you.

Like someone said earlier, if they ever catch one while chasing it, they will wish they hadn't.

If a tornado hits your house or even close, you can not turn the sound up loud enough to hear what the TV is saying.

I wanna see the guy with goggles out there with the worker bees instead of inside and directing from the studio.

 
At 10:42 PM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 did catch one yesterday. 4's chasers in Jackson showed the Tornado durning the wall-to-wall coverage. And shock of all shocks they we're careful and even survived to tell their story!!!

 
At 2:08 PM, May 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not saying there isn't risk being out there. What I am saying is they are trained and are not stupid. They also want to be out there or they wouldn't be out there.

 
At 3:03 PM, May 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well if have been trained to chase tornados, then you need to be trained to deal with rising water and flooding.

 
At 3:32 PM, May 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They were inside a building and didn't realize the water was rising outside. It was a flash flood. Any other smartass comments from the non-informed?

 
At 11:48 PM, May 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it was a flash flood, why didn't their crack weather readers warn them it was about to rain where they were in time to get the vehicles out of the area? Hummmmm? I guess there goes their credibility on their ability to forecast. Does it not?

 
At 8:29 AM, May 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you seriously that retarded?! Meteorologists can't forecast a broken water main, you dim wit.

 
At 11:09 PM, May 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, they can do just about anything according to them an their promotional promos.

If you are still in broadcasting after seeing all the post to get out before they turn you out, then you are the dim wit. Yeppers!

 
At 8:12 AM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact is if you are from Little Rock you know the depot is prone to flooding. Flash flood or not. It is obvious you folks at KTHV and KARK who drove those vehicles that were flooded are not from here.

 
At 7:15 PM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe it was a broken water main as a previous poster has stated. A broken water main would not fill up that amount of space in a day. There is not that big a water main within scores of blocks from the station. So there ya go.

 
At 11:52 AM, May 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! Now that is a fact they can not spin.

 
At 11:55 AM, May 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there at the same event. It was a water main.

 
At 7:31 AM, June 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then it must have been a day-long event. Was it reported as a broken water main on the 5,6 or 10 or in KLRT's case the 9?

No it wasn't. Looked like a pretty newsworthy story to me.

 
At 9:18 AM, June 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK reported it. I saw their car on the news and on their website. I guess you are watching the wrong channel.

 
At 6:10 PM, June 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or may be they were watching to right channel. After all, any channel is better then channel 4.

 
At 2:03 AM, June 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would a station run a news story that makes them look like goofballs for letting a news vehicle get ruined?

 
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