Sunday, April 27, 2014

And the Thunder Rolls.....

This isn't a night tv sales people like but wall-to-wall coverage was warranted.  All stations in Little Rock went, and currently are in wall-to-wall coverage what seems to be a massive tornado is moving from just north of the Little Rock are to the northeast.  


Meanwhile, in the ArkLaTex both Channel's 3..6...and 12 went into LIVE coverage when a tornado developed in the Mount Pleasant, Texas area.  Once again I relied mainly on online coverage. 

I found again KTAL/Channel 6 offered the best coverage online with Chief Met Todd Warren live on the web with radar describing what's happening and answering questions from online viewers.  I switched over to KSLA's online coverage..once again found found the chief met providing what seemed a behind the scenes look.  At one point it was quite amusing as he was wanting to go LIVE on TV to give a Tornado warning but couldn't find the cameraman, producer or anybody to put him on the air.  The weekend met came back in and said they were all outside smoking.

Update:   Been wqtching the Little Rock stations for the last few hours.  On KARK I found it seem like the weather folks competing for time on the air.  Of course I think they are simulcasting with KLRT and utilizing its weather mets also.  KATV had all the weather crew in to help with coverage.  Along with the mets it was showing storms reports of the devastation in NE Arkansas/the Mayflower area.  KTHV had Ed Buckner and Sarah Fortner covering the storms.  KTHV had the radar up on the screen the entire time tracking the storms.   

I nearly forgot to mention The Weather Channel was tracking the storms as well.  TWC had Jim Cantore in Norman, Oklahoma at the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center and he was communicating with tornado chasers chasing the storms moving across northeast Arkansas.  Yea, you read correctly, The Weather Channel was covering weather!!

49 Comments:

At 8:40 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV's Matt Mershon was mumbling & bumbling live on air reporting from the field during their 5 pm newscast & that was before the storms. They just spoke to him on the phone on I-40 & he said "..the coast guard.." was on the scene as he continued to babble. This guy is unbelievable..

 
At 9:24 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reporting tonight is horrible in central Arkansas. Weather coverage is 'ok'. Absolutely zero information coming from Mayflower and Vilonia worth anything from reporters. Gone are the days that reporters had contacts and sources in the local communities that could pass along relevant information to viewers. Laziness on a night like this won't cut it. Find the folks responsible for recovery, search and rescue efforts, and cover the damn story.

 
At 9:39 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone needs to help this poor anchor girl on KATV. She isn't ready from prime time. Not sure that she even knows how to organize her thoughts intelligently...give her a script, please. I can't imagine she knows what questions to ask of the teenagers they have reporting in the field.

 
At 10:20 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV Jeff Bronkey said he saw storm victim's feet sticking out of sheets tonight. Lack of respect and a newbie.

 
At 10:31 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least KATV just interviewed Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay just now. Best information yet passed along. Hope they will do that for other counties affected. But, the reporter didn't have enough knowledge to ask a follow up question, nor did the anchor. C'mon folks he outlined an area damaged, and not a single map to help illustrate his point nor did the anchor summarize what information he provided. Put down your twitter pictures and tell the story.

 
At 10:45 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The KATV train is off the tracks tonight. The weather team did alright, but once the news people started talking the whole thing became a circus.

 
At 10:52 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah Fortner, live on the air asked Ed, on several occasions how to pronounce town names. Awful.

 
At 10:57 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erin Hawley is a robot. She is terrible. No emotion, glass eyed and just moving along. She must not be able to talk without a script.

 
At 11:02 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, this was a big test for Erin and she seems to have failed.

 
At 11:05 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 11 needs another met. Should've brought in Tom and let Sarah do the morning show Monday. But it's books time.

 
At 11:07 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Epic fail of a night for KATV. Agreed. Somehow, someway KARK has managed to win the night. I'm a KATV fan, and this performance was a train wreck. Someone get Steve Barnes on the phone, ask how the hell to anchor a newscast and ask questions relevant to the people of Arkansas.

 
At 11:12 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must agree with that. Well done KARK.

 
At 11:13 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom was there early but left before the storm hit. Didn't they hire Sarah Fortner because she had "more experience than Meredith"? She was not helpful to Ed. Felt bad for him. He did great though. KATV had the team resources but a sad team of reporters and anchor. Their mets did well.

 
At 11:15 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a Donna Terrell fan, but she is by far doing the best job tonight. While KATV is running a Modern Family re-run she is interviewing Congressman Griffin, the mayor of Vilonia and others. Asking now about when the money will come rolling in from federal agencies. Good work.

 
At 11:32 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV bailed first! That is surprising. The 'weather station' has a long history of staying on a minute after everyone else turns off. Wouldn't be hard to do with all those mets fighting for air time.

 
At 11:37 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what you get when you get too many weather people in a room and they all wanna call the shots. Ned should've been at the helm with others in the back for relief. Let the weather be the star not the people.

 
At 11:43 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never thought I'd say Donna Terrell was the better anchor, but tonight she kicked Erin's ass.

 
At 11:52 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Todd is a great meteorologist with a real passion and understanding. He must feel bad when the two big guys are brought in on his schedule to take over, when he can do a fine job.

 
At 11:53 PM, April 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed Buckner is an emberasment to his profession.

 
At 12:07 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horrible coverage on 7 tonight. The mets did 'ok'. Ned should ALWAYS be the Chief with the other guys playing second and third string. Kudos to KARK for the nights win.

 
At 12:08 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed, an embarrassment? Do explain.

 
At 6:26 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mets on 7 were all fine and worked well together. Unfortunately for them, the news team couldn't get anything together. Is it lack of direction from the assignment desk or just bad reporters?

 
At 7:07 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's starting to be the norm. When severe weather happens KATV keeps failing to get it together.

 
At 7:22 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This isn't a night tv sales people like but wall-to-wall coverage was warranted."....

KATV is sure making up for it this morning. I think I've seen more about Havner Law than storm damage!

 
At 7:26 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened with KATV this morning? They started with both "anchors" in the field and then about an hour later one "anchor" was back at the desk? In between, Alyson kept pitching to Melinda who kept pitching to commercial break.

 
At 7:37 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching THV this morning and wondering...should the weight of a tragedy be measured by the ages of its' victims? To state repeatedly that the situation was made "even more tragic" because there were two victims who were children seems incredibly insensitive to the families of the victims who were adults. Their pain is no less because they lost a mother, father, husband, wife or adult child. It's disturbing to hear an anchor / reporter make a judgment on the value of some lives over others.

 
At 8:35 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:40 PM, Yes the "coast guard" line was the last straw for me before I switched to KARK.

 
At 9:18 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caught 'coast guard' comment several times and had to switch to KARK. THV got its ass kicked last night, so did KATV. Can't believe the total lack of reporting chops demonstrated at these two stations last night and again in the morning. No gravitas at either station on display. Don't know what 'gravitas' means? I suggest a dictionary kiddos.

 
At 11:07 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV should have brought Beth Hunt in for this. Erin Hawley looked angry and cold the whole time.

 
At 11:22 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course she was angry she had to werk over.

 
At 11:33 AM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what she looks like all the time. It is just more noticeable when paired with a tragedy of this magnitude.

 
At 12:13 PM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! What was going on w/ Ed Buckner? Is he ok? Is he on drugs? He was on the verge of a serious emotonal breakdown last night. He kept wiping his nose, fidgeting w/ his hands, clearing his thoat, scooted out of the scene on his roller chair mid sentence to grab his drink - then took a gulp (again mid sentnce). I think he was crying too. He couldn't speak. He was having a melt down. It was so awkward to watch. I had to change the channel because I felt embarassed for him. I was screaming at my tv for 11 to get him off the air. It was really sad to watch. I can't be the only one who noticed this right?

 
At 12:24 PM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg! He has tourettes, he can't help it. He usually isn't on camera for that long. You just got a glimpse into what he deals with day to day off camera.

 
At 12:26 PM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he was tired of giving geography lessons to Fortner.

 
At 12:29 PM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know the blog is a terrible place when people point out you medical conditions to talk about. Good grief. Are people going to start writing about how he isnt fit to do the job? Here is something to read up on http://archive.thv11.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=45865

 
At 12:45 PM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he can't get useful information to the viewers in a timely and coherent manner then no, he isn't fit for the job. I don't know if it's the Tourette's or not but the LONG uncomfortable pauses, the constant zooming of the maps and the general lack of quality information is a legitimate concern of his performance. The other thing that floors me is how rookie he sounds. He's telling us he's zooming in, zooming out, changing maps, changing cameras, bringing up the wind shear, disabling the shear etc.... But he never actually explains what is going on or what it means, just what he is doing. Sara does it too. This is what you do when you don't know what you're talking about. Very amateurish. Did they even have a director there by the way?

 
At 1:10 PM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I felt bad because they kept him in a box on the screen. Why do that when you clearly see he needs a break? If the news director was there, he should have made the decision to show the graphics, not him. Sarah was not helpful.

 
At 3:54 PM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all on this blog have so much time to critique the weather folks who are making split second decisions on the weather. We need to cut them all of a little slack.

I noticed that Barry and Todd made a call on a Twister before the Weather Service had issued a warning. Seconds can make a difference.

He does have Tourette's. Perhaps, he should become the Greg Forbes of KTHV or Weather Dude emeritus. He can quickly explain the dynamics and back to Sarah.

I think the weather guys at 7 did a better tag team that 4. The 4 guys were busy with trying to out do the other.

 
At 4:37 PM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's ok to critique weather folks and hold them to a higher standard about their split second decisions. They are paid well and left alone most of the time. Times like these are what set that precedent.

 
At 4:39 PM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I didn't know that Ed has tourettes. I guess I never noticed it before. But it was obvious last night. I like Ed, but on a night as crucial as last night, 11 needs to get him some more help. Their coverage was not good.
I leaned on 7 for most of my coverage. But they were like opposite 11. Instead of not having enough people or information, I think they had too much. Ned, Barry & Todd were talking over each other & it was hard to follow at times. For my money - put Todd (I trust him the most) on lead and let the others co-pilot.
God bless all those that were in the path of this storm.

 
At 5:12 PM, April 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always think Ed does a good job. Sure, his Tourettes shows up from time to time. It doesn't bother me. The pauses are okay, too, because I know he's looking at the changing information in front of him so he can keep us informed. He is not one of those who talks just to hear himself talk. He had to come in to work on a night he is normally off, so maybe he was extra tired, I think everyone could see that. And yes, a couple of times he looked visibly upset when he heard the news that people had died in the storm from which he was trying to keep them safe. He took it personally. I wouldn't want to watch someone who didn't.

 
At 10:22 AM, April 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Weather Channel has a sat truck that is stationed in Conway

 
At 12:04 PM, May 01, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice how Sarah's Twitter profile pic was her in a swimsuit -- ???? -- then suddenly midway thru the night she decided that prob wasn't the most professional photo and switched it to her station headshot?

 
At 4:46 PM, May 01, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just sorry I missed it.

 
At 7:44 PM, May 01, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah has garnered quite the reputation for tramping around town. I work at Fox 16 and a group of us have seen her in action in Hillcrest.

 
At 8:04 PM, May 01, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By tramping around, do you mean going to bars and talking to guys? Wow, you'd almost think she was single and in her 20s.

 
At 8:18 PM, May 01, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No by tramping I mean the village bicycle.

 
At 10:41 PM, May 01, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I see. You followed her to her house where she proceded to bang every guy you saw with her? Well that does sound trampy. But then you sound creepy. I'd rather hang out with the tramp, I think.

 
At 6:35 AM, May 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:18, you sound like you aren't getting enough penis. Maybe you could ask Sarah for some pointers on how to attract guys.

 

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