Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Did you know it snowed today?

Sure, it was only in the northern tier of the state, but that didn't prevent everyone from making a big fuss of it. WNEP, WBRE, and WYOU led off with it on their 6 p.m. newscasts, though WNEP devoted most of their first block of news to it. Were two live shots really necessary for a maximum of six inches up in the higher elevations, where it typically snows?

You have to feel sorry for Joe Holden though. WBRE's newest reporter had to do his snow day standup with only light flurries and no snow on the ground. I wonder whose bright idea that was?

Here's a look at what each station ran at 6 p.m.

  • Snow coverage with two live standups
  • Hughesville student deaths
  • Scranton KFC robbery
  • Valley Crest vote with live newsroom standup
  • Williamsport hospital plans
  • Susquehanna County welcome center

  • Snow coverage with live standup
  • Scranton flood prevention plans
  • Plymouth Township fire
  • Talking smoke detectors
  • Williamsport hospital plans
  • Valley Crest vote with live standup
  • Illegal dumping

  • Snow coverage
  • Lackawanna County food bank surplus

    That's right, only two stories on WYOU, unless I missed something switching between channels. But they did break to a commercial before the other two.

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is an indication of a slow news day. The folks at WNEP must be bored stiff. However, it was very enjoyable to watch Snedeker in the noon on-scene with a Halloween liveshot. In it, he asked a handful of mentally-challenged folks to pose as 16 weather personalities. My favorite was the man doing the Clark impersonation. He was in a casket.

    9:55 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That's just plan cruel...wish I thought of it. Which one was Jacobs?

    Best of luck with the Blog Mr. Beale.

    1:33 PM  
    Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

    I know a lot of people from out of town and they think that it is hilarious when our local news stations treat even the slightest bit of snow as if it is a junior 9/11/. People in New England and Buffalo look at snow as what is is: a product of winter. If the SWB area wishes to lose the hick reputation that it has enjoyed for so long, our newcasts need to be a little bit more mature. When it snows it snows--it is not the end of the world.

    12:01 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Covering the first snowfall of the season is legit news. However, if you have to drive very very far from your home base of operation, you have to wonder if it really is a big deal.

    Headline: It snowed a lot today

    Sub headline: But less than one tenth of one percent of our viewers saw anything stick.

    Weather affects everybody, sure. But let's put it into context people.

    12:11 AM  

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