Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Viewers Pissed at NWA Station Over Weather Coverage..Or Lack Thereof...

Seems KFSM/Channel 5/Fort Smith is catching some heat from viewers over the lack of severe weather coverage Sunday night.  Chief Meteorologist Garrett Lewis' facebook page is filled with upset viewers on how severe weather wasn't broadcast Sunday evening.  In one post Lewis explained it this way:


It's difficult to understand but sometimes Tornado Warnings are issued for QLCS pockets of rotation. (Rotation that lasts 1 scan on a line of storms and then disappears; although the warning continues for as much as an hour).

If there's an actual tornado risk... We're on the air: Period. If it's mid-level rotation that is not capable of a tornado... we'll be on KXNW or running crawls.

Hopefully NOAA/NWS will come up with a way to handle storms which show small rotation on 1 scan and then disappear.

In my opinion the increase in the false-alarm-rate is not helpful to anyone.

No tornado occurred tonight and there never was a significant risk of one occurring.



BUT a tornado did touch down in Peter Pender in Franklin County.  Every station has to deal with this sort of thing.  Viewers in the place where the bad weather isn't moving through get mad because they wanna see their programs..then where the weather is moving through those viewers want to see the weather.  Us viewers in the Little Rock and Shreveport markets have to deal with the same thing.  But you know what the first priority of a tv station isn't to provide entertainment, it is to keep viewers informed of potential life and death situations like severe storms.  Just part of having an fcc license.

16 Comments:

At 12:15 PM, April 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Pennington should be fired over this disaster.

 
At 2:08 PM, April 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, ATN actually remained civil in this post and didn't say anything derogatory about Meteorologists or side with the people who just want to watch NCIS.

 
At 4:20 PM, April 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this is worthy of a post, but Arkansas Business vs. KFSM's one-sided reporting isn't?

 
At 12:31 AM, April 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the stations cut in people bitch that it's no big deal. Shut up and go back to watching your programs

 
At 9:45 AM, April 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garret Lewis isn't in the business of choosing what info FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE to pass along. He missed a Franklin Tornado, PERIOD!
Arrogant!!! Nobody likes arrogant tv people.

 
At 5:04 PM, April 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did Garrett Lewis miss that tornado when he was off on Sunday night? Tyler What'shisname was on air.

 
At 8:18 PM, April 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

garrett was in the studio that night; he showed up (wearing his glasses) on air only AFTER a tornado warning was announced. tyler came back on to do the 10 o'clock

 
At 8:42 PM, April 16, 2014, Anonymous Craig said...

Did 40/29 cover the tornado situation live at all? Or is this just misguided attacks on the market-leading station?

 
At 8:59 PM, April 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

40/29 was on the air. 5 was not. Bottom line.

 
At 9:37 PM, April 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a lot of chatter about this around VB/Fort Smith. The worst part is his initial response was to take to FB defending his judgment call to not go non-stop coverage because there was never a "real" threat for a tornado. When the tornado reports started coming in Monday it was suddenly all going to be reviewed to see what lessons could be learned. 5News is awful and Garrett is one of the only draws they have left. This may sting them for a while.

 
At 11:51 PM, April 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darby Bybee did a great job off reporting and following the tornado on 40/29. Very professional job.

 
At 12:52 AM, April 17, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only Darby would have posted that.

 
At 9:38 AM, April 17, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't one even even find words enough in their vocabulary to keep the headline clean?

 
At 12:43 PM, April 17, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

remember what happened to shae rial at kthv when he told viewers there was no tornado threat......

 
At 2:52 PM, April 17, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, 40/29 is trying to milk this for all it's worth. Couldn't hurt in an attempt the deflect attention from the fact they got their clock cleaned by KFSM in the February book. KFSM pulled another big win in the mornings, lowered the boom in the evenings ratings and obliterated 40/29 on the weekends.

So, scoreboard.

 
At 1:59 AM, April 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Pennington should be fired over this disaster.


I hope the person who wrote this knows that Joe works the morning shift.

 

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