Tuesday, May 28, 2013

NWA Reporter Can't Stand the Storm

A KHBS/KHOG/Fort Smith reporter quit his job last week following an assignment to cover storm damage.  FTV Live has the scoop on Jay Plyburn's abrupt resignation after being sent out to cover possible storm damage in the area following last week's storms.  In an email to coworkers Plyburn wrote, "Lightning was striking all around us. This was the single most frightening experience of my life."  "When the day was done and we finally got back to the station, it was business as usual. No managers had any sort of feedback...just a new list of things they wanted done."

29 Comments:

At 12:16 PM, May 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to broadcasting. If you get struck by lightning, hit by flying debris, or if the news unit gets flooded out, turn that into a news story.

 
At 12:18 PM, May 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? Grow a pair dude. Let me guess, a 20 something that wasn't told "you're a winner" when he walked in the door. Yeah, thanks for doing the job for which you are paid.

 
At 1:05 PM, May 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can't handle a weather assignment then you need to find another career. If you plan to stay in broadcasting you should consider something inside like directing, producing, or sales.

 
At 2:22 PM, May 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wah, wah, wah, poor baby...can't handle the weather...sounds like he's a real problem child, I seriously doubt this is the first and only problem that station has had with him.

 
At 4:33 PM, May 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this guy, only idiots go out chasing storms or standing outside when it is lightning.

I've lived through two deadly tornadoes and saw one guy get blown up from lighting.

Smart guy, if you can't handle it you can't handle it.

 
At 4:55 PM, May 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kfsm has hired Jay as its new weekday morning anchor in fort smith, Arkansas.

 
At 6:24 PM, May 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay is unreliable and insubordinate. He's better off working for a place like KFSM who doesn't exactly follow a handbook. Ashley Beck, anyone?

 
At 8:13 PM, May 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So of Jay is in at KFSM, that means someone is out in the morning?

Mitch or Heather?

 
At 8:25 PM, May 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"only idiots go out chasing storms or standing outside when it is lightning."

Really? How about combat correspondents? Are they idiots too?

How about the journalists covering the unrest in the Mideast? Are they idiots too?

Ernie Pyle was killed covering World War Two...was he an idiot?

Reporting can sometimes be dangerous. If you can't hack it, then get out of the way and let real reporters do their job.

 
At 11:03 PM, May 28, 2013, Blogger Jon Green said...

I can understand that some reporting is going to be dangerous, but was footage of damage from a tornado worth being out in lighting? All so we can gawk at it on the evening news?

Don't risk people's lives when it's not necessary.

 
At 11:44 PM, May 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's called a job. If you can't do it, get out. Simple as that. Childish antics won't get you far. I guess in his case, across the road to 5 snooze. GR

 
At 1:13 AM, May 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow I cannot believe all of the idiots who have been brain washed by management. Lightning is dangerous enough, let alone a tornado. management has no respect for its employees or the residents within the damage zone. Look, we have all seen tornado damage over and over and over....do you think the residents want their streets clogged with news vans and silly reporters ?
To compare this to WW 2 or the middle east is insane...those reporters beg to go to these areas...a little small town reporter shouldn't have to risk his life for a 20 k a yr job. I say send the management to the scene , if they think it's so important to stand out in the lightning, my life isn't for sale !

 
At 6:01 AM, May 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he really going to KFSM?

 
At 7:12 AM, May 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure if anyone's seen the full e-mail or not, but Mr. Plyburn was in a storm shelter during the storm.

 
At 7:46 AM, May 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wuss

 
At 7:56 AM, May 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen the email and Yes, he was in a storm shelter the entire time. He wasn't ever near a tornado. If i can find the email, I will post here.

 
At 1:14 PM, May 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible to post his infamous weather reporting on YouTube? I would like to see him in action -- storm shelter,etc.

 
At 8:58 PM, May 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened to that weather guesser at KARK that went about half way to the Hurricane that hit New Orleans and stood out in the rain and wind with what looked like World War II aviator goggles on to show us what he looked like in a storm?

I was on the edge of my seat . . . expecting to throw up any minute.

 
At 7:28 AM, May 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is a chief meteorologist in Atlanta and appears to be doing well. He wore goggles just like the meteorologists at The Weather Channel. If you have ever been in hurricane winds, you understand why they wear the goggles.

 
At 7:32 AM, May 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh.. and KARK was in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina came ashore. It was Dan Skoff. Mike Francis was covering Gustav and was on the beach wearing his goggles, not "halfway."

 
At 6:11 PM, May 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I agree this guy is a total wuss, I also agree that anyone who stands outside in the middle of a violent storm to "show people what it's like" is an idiot and they deserve whatever happens to them. It's gene pool cleansing.

Only a damn fool doesn't already know what happens during hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc.

 
At 1:50 AM, May 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A complete idiot looking to make an impression. If any of these "storm chasers" ever do catch a tornado they will wish they hadn't. It is a form of gene cleansing, indeed.

 
At 7:54 PM, May 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"only idiots go out chasing storms or standing outside when it is lightning."

Really? How about combat correspondents? Are they idiots too? ANSWER YES!

How about the journalists covering the unrest in the Mideast? Are they idiots too?
ANSWER YES!

Ernie Pyle was killed covering World War Two...was he an idiot?
ANSWER YES!

Reporting can sometimes be dangerous. If you can't hack it, then get out of the way and let real reporters do their job.
QUESTION Are you a brainwashed idiot? ANSWER YES!

 
At 9:10 AM, June 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you're not?

 
At 2:05 PM, June 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 1:50 A.M., May 31st Anonymous said in part:
"If any of these "storm chasers" ever do catch a tornado they will wish they hadn't."

On the night of May 31st, tornado chaser Mike Bettes and his crew with the Weather Channel survived a tornado which they were "chasing" near El Reno, OK. The tornado "caught" them and gave them an OK weather "howdy" and a lesson -- a tornado can travel northwest to southeast!.

The tornado tossed their vehicle approximately 200 yards, rolled their vehicle 6 to 8 times, and basically rendered their vehicle a mass of scrap metal. Mike said his life flashed before him and this will make him re-think tornado chasing.

Yes, "If any of these "storm chasers" ever do catch a tornado they will wish they hadn't."

 
At 11:57 PM, June 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"only idiots go out chasing storms or standing outside when it is lightning."

Really? How about combat correspondents? Are they idiots too?

How about the journalists covering the unrest in the Mideast? Are they idiots too?

Ernie Pyle was killed covering World War Two...was he an idiot?"

Answer to all of the above is yes.

 
At 12:11 PM, June 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what your being paid for. Either do it or find another job.

 
At 12:08 AM, June 08, 2013, Anonymous The Hamburglar said...

What a pussy.

 
At 5:56 PM, June 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck making it in a real news market Jay

 

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