Sunday, December 31, 2006

Steve White, fill-in anchorman!

We're in the midst of a huge storm. It's all ice in Grand Island. No snow.

Timber! Just heard another tree limb go down somewhere near by. That's because it's been raining for the better part of the entire day. At 32 degrees, that's a bad thing. Freezing rain on trees and power lines is trouble. West of here, it turns to snow, although they've had the freezing rain and sleet too.

Power's spotty in Grand Island, but my house seems just fine. However, the TV station I work for is about an hour west. Power went off there around 7am. They've been on generator ever since. That gives the station enough to power the master control room, which is the guts of the station. We have just enough to keep our signals on the air (we're Fox and ABC). But that means not enough to power a studio or newsroom.

So I got called in to anchor from Grand Island, where I run our news bureau.We did the news without a teleprompter, without limited ability to play video, and no graphics.

We were able to power up enough to get the weather guy on from the main studio in Kearney, but that was it

Check this site to see pictures our viewers have sent in.

Church has been cancelled tomorrow, so I'm planning to stay inside and stay warm! Hopefully the power stays on. If not, I have candles, flashlights, and blankets ready!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas everyone!

It's been a fun Christmas so far, having spent time with family and friends. I attended church on Christmas Eve, but enough of the real reason for the season.

Time to talk about the fun stuff Santa brought (and gave)!

I got an Onion book. Those are always fun. And some socks. Always handy. A MST3k DVD set has already found its way into the DVD player.

I also got a cool Mute Math t-shirt. It's sweet.

What would we do without DVD box sets? I never got into Lost, but I will now! This show is addictive!

But while all that stuff is fun, the greatest gift is still the one in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

This sight has started to go away. The ice is melting, and we don't have snow. So looks like no white Christmas.

Except, for me, every Christmas is a White Christmas!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Icy Day! 32 degrees and rain don't mix well. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Shark attacks are so 2001.

Five years later, the tragedy of people lost in the snow is all the rage. We had James Kim, the CNET editor who set out in the snow after the family car got stuck. Then we had the climbers lost somewhere around Mt. Hood Oregon.

Tragic situations, yes. Worthy of around the clock updates? Probably not.

However, in an age where every headline ends in an exclamation point or a cliff-hanging question mark, it creates plenty of so-called breaking news for the likes of Nancy Grace.

If only South Dakota was Northern California, and Karen Nelson was 30 not 50 when she was lost in the snow. And if only that happened now, not 10 years ago. Her story would have been there too.

We have CNN teaching us how to make a "desperation trench" in the snow. I kid you not. Look at the first video link in the left hand column on this page.

First, I believe this became a story because of James Kim. He works in media, and that propelled his story into the spotlight, when his family turned up missing. The media avalanche began when it was learned his family had survived, while he had died seeking help in the snow.

Then, faintly a week later some guys turn up missing not far away at Mt. Hood, near Portland, Oregon. The reporters fresh off the Kim story had an easy follow-up. Gotta ride the hot story. That's what they're doing now.

I have a feeling the next person to turn up missing in the snowy Pacific northwest will also make headlines.

If it happens in Montana, probably not news. Geography, and population density determine these things. We had a tragic story in Nebraska a couple of years ago about a couple dying in the snow, lost because they were high on meth. There was no national outcry. There was a 20/20 segment months later, but it never broke through the 24 hour news cycle.

Those of us who live in the often arctic midwest know the rules. Dress in layers, pack an emergency kit in your car, don't abandon a vehicle, etc. And I didn't learn that from Anderson Cooper.