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When Will The Weather Channel Kill A Reporter?  
User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

I only mean that partly tongue-in-cheek. But one of these days, TWC, or another news service, is going to send a reporter into one of these Hurricanes like Dennis, and the reporter, or the camerman or woman, is going to get killed or seriously injured by debris, or rising waters.

Is it worth putting these reporters in harms way like this, just to give you and me "live coverage" of the storm?

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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2251 times:
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The same time as they win the ratings war with the local weather channels. No it's not to me, but if it is to them then more power to them. The reporters don't need to be cajoled into going, they compete for the assignments.

Welcome back, dude.

Ian



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User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2248 times:

I love the weather channel, but they do over-inflate bad weather for ratings.

Whenever there is a hurricane they are almost salivating on-air for the ratings boost they will get.


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
When Will The Weather Channel Kill A Reporter?

Lol – I was just thinking the same thing! I have CNN on yakking in the background and they have one of their reporters showing the storm surge on HWY 98 in Panhandle Florida.

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
Is it worth putting these reporters in harms way like this, just to give you and me "live coverage" of the storm?


Most of mankind knows what a f-ing storm looks like. It’s not newsworthy to have continuous coverage of a hurricane.

 spin 


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

Always remember, it's not THAT the wind is blowin, it's WHAT the wind is blowin.

User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."

User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2199 times:

I've noticed that reporters like to point out the obvious, as if we can't figure it out for ourselves. When a reporter is killed covering a hurricane, others will be asking, "How could this have happened?" Gee, I wonder...  Yeah sure

User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7405 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2187 times:
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Whooooaaaaaa, he's back.


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User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 4):
Always remember, it's not THAT the wind is blowin, it's WHAT the wind is blowin.

yeah,cause if you get hit by a volvo,it doesnt matter how many sit ups you did that morning.



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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9303 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
I only mean that partly tongue-in-cheek. But one of these days, TWC, or another news service, is going to send a reporter into one of these Hurricanes like Dennis, and the reporter, or the camerman or woman, is going to get killed or seriously injured by debris, or rising waters.

probably. but that's half of the fun of doing the story. and many times people take the bet to get in and do something like that for a chance to get a nicer paycheck or a promotion. and DL021 is right, there will be no shortage of people who would jump up for the chance to get in there for a shot of a palm tree going through someone's living room window.

i know photographers who have hung by their feet off of a tree over a cliff in order to get a picture for their own personal private collection. and i know reporters who have been randomly shot at while doing stories on private businesses who have come under private scrutiny before.

besides, the weather stories are almost always going to be a safe bet for a reporter. what you don't see is usually they have choosen an open area away from everything where if something is coming their way, they are going to have time to see it and react. they also strategically set up their shots depending on how the wind is blowing. a live shot is very rarely set up next to large trees or power lines, especially in that kind of situation. the live shot engineer would probably need a total of 15 minutes to get set up, test his signal, and tear back down. a reporter and camera man do it quick and dirty...in order words...run over to the live shot when it's time to shoot, film it, and then get the hell out of there. live shots in this situation are almost always set up near where police/coast guard watch posts are actually set up, so it's figured if they're there...why not?



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

If a tree falls over during a storm and hits a reporting during a live feed that nobody is watching, does anybody care?


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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

Quoting Espion007 (Reply 8):
yeah,cause if you get hit by a volvo,it doesnt matter how many sit ups you did that morning.

"I RUN 20 MILES A DAY!" ... "you're bleedin"


User currently offlineJfkaua From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1000 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2152 times:

oh common tell me it doesnt look fun to stand in 100mph wind while screaming..

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2152 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 10):
If a tree falls over during a storm and hits a reporting during a live feed that nobody is watching, does anybody care?

The producer back at the studio...

I think that 'live storm' coverage ought to be left to automated remotes. It's not like we don't have the technology.. Putting reporters in harms way is another exhibition of how DUMB the media (left or right wing) is. Of course, sadly, a lot of us are dumb enough to watch it... maybe I will stay with cable for internet access only after all.


User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9303 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 10):
If a tree falls over during a storm and hits a reporting during a live feed that nobody is watching, does anybody care?

outside of a local church shooting, weather stories are always top news bring in about 20-25% more (if not more) than the usual audience.

that's why you see all the local news stations flipping out if it is 5 degrees warmer than normal, or vice versa, and the chief meteorologists are always in leading the broadcast.



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21526 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
When Will The Weather Channel Kill A Reporter?

I don't know why, but I thought this was about when the Weather Channel will execute one of it's forecasters for being grossly wrong.  biggrin 

-Mir



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User currently offlineTristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2102 times:

Trust me...those guys will go and stand in a storm. Stuff like that on one's "demo reel" is gold.

That's how Dan Rather got his start in 1960-something....



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User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

Dan Rather got his "start" as it will, being a reporter for the local CBS affilliate in Dallas, and on Nov 22, 1963, he was, for him, in the right place at the right time. His star rose from there.

I know those guys want those assignments. Jim Cantore of TWC must have some great insurance, as he's always TWC's "front man" for any big storm. But someday, it will happen, and that will end that, as it were.


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

Dan Rather never worked for the local Dallas CBS affiliate.

He gained fame in 1961 while working for KHOU, Houston’s CBS affiliate, reporting on Hurricane Carla.

Before Kennedy was shot, he was hired as a national correspondent with CBS and was the first journalist to report JFK died.


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Hmm, I always thought he worked locally in Dallas for CBS. My bad if I was wrong, FlyingTexan. But no doubt the JFK assassination got him some prominence.

User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2719 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

As a former journalist I can say that the profession has more than a few adrenaline junkies that thrive on the rush of a dangerous story.

You have the "X-Games" for adventure sports, and other high risk activities, so what's wrong with other professions having their adrenaline junkies as well?

In the news game, there are the "Bang-Bang" journalists that have to be in a war zone, Iraq, or other world hot spot. That's what they thrive on. And now the weather channels have the Xtreme weather reporters. Hell, you get people and film crews chasing tornados for heavens sake. Nothing new.

And "If" or should I say "When" one finally dies In the Line of Duty, well the rest will just report the news, hoist a beer in memory, and keep right on trucking. Whether you watch or don't watch won't make one iota of difference. Come next storm, they'll be right there to report on it.

Steve


User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

Honestly.. they could just send their reporters to 1 hurricane every 5-10 years and just edit in the different hurricane names.

The pictures are the same from every single hurricane.. wind, rain, power lines falling, flooding, etc... It is pretty stupid if you ask me.


User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

During last hurricane season there was a TWC reporter injured. Her name escapes me, she's actually kinda cute. But she got hit with styrofoam and broke two ribs.

Stefano  wave 


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

I'm just waiting for Geraldo Rivera to get killed. Fox News Channel seems to throw him at every storm that comes near the US.

Harry



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User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 23):
I'm just waiting for Geraldo Rivera to get killed. Fox News Channel seems to throw him at every storm that comes near the US.

He seems immortal. But one day. Just gotta keep on hoping.

Stefano  wave 


25 Post contains images Newark777 : He seems immortal. But one day. Just gotta keep on hoping. Him and Cher, we just can't seem to get rid of them. Harry
26 CaptOveur : Aren't we all... We had our best chance when he was in Iraq, until he screwed that up.
27 Post contains images Komododx : Stefano
28 Post contains images FlyingTexan : Oh, just a trivial faux pas. ‘I’d Rather not be Dan’ is one of the more famous (if not the only) alumni of my alma mater – Sam Houston State
29 NYCFlyer : The Weather Channel cracks me up. I think they realize that no one ever watches them except during a major storm. These guys practially get a hard on
30 STLGph : they get a pretty good audience, actually. it's a safe bet for tv viewing in public places, school offices, doctor's offices, etc. etc.
31 Post contains images Blackhawk144 : The Weather Channel did get a reporter killed in the movie "The Day After Tomorrow", when tornadoes were destroying Los Angeles. Anthony
32 B744F : it doesn't stop there with journalists... that explains scary movies, drama TV shows, etc.
33 OB1504 : You mean the one in The Bahamas during Frances? If so, that wasn't a reporter for The Weather Channel, but rather one for a local station.
34 Delta767300ER : I would love to have Jim Cantores job, but I'm a storm freak. During the 3 Florida Hurricanes that hit my area in Central Florida last year, I was out
35 Post contains images Komododx : Now that I think about it you may be right. She was for ABC 10, although they were feeding her report on TWC. Stefano
36 JBirdAV8r : If they do, I hope Jim Cantore is first on the list.
37 Falcon84 : Why, JBird? I have nothing against Cantore. I think he does a pretty good job at what he does. Nothing wrong with him. But I have a problem running th
38 Post contains links and images AsstChiefMark : "Let's go now to Jim Cantore in Hades where the sudden change in climate has disrupted the 'lifestyle' of its residents."
39 MD-90 : YES! The best part of The Day After Tomorrow was when the news reporter got whomped by the debris during the Los Angeles tornados. Of course, it woul
40 Post contains links 4holer : Interesting interview with Jim Cantore, also mentions the injured reporter http://www.easternsurf.com/themag/interview101.html
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