Severe Weather And Our On Air Coverage

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

It seems everyone has an opinion on what we should or shouldn't air and how long we should break into programming for severe weather.

Here at the station, I didn't even have to walk outside Friday night to know there was severe weather going on.  Perhaps it was the crackling of thunder and lightning or the sound of pouring rain beating down on the station roof...or maybe it was Chief Meteorologist Marvin Daugherty on the air.

I understand everyone has certain programming that they love, and let me tell you...we here at WITN love that you choose to watch us!  Sometimes, when mother nature strikes we make the decision to break into that programming to let the public in on what's going on.  Like anything else, people have an opinion about it and how long we should be on the air as well.  But it's our duty to keep the public informed and safe.  There were several tornado warnings, and for those affected...well that's pretty serious stuff.

We got some very angry callers in the newsroom who had some choice words about our decisions...and like all calls we take that advice into consideration.  We also got some people asking why we weren't on the air more.  I guess it just depends on where you live and what your needs are.

Regardless, thanks for bearing with us...and stay safe out there!

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  • by jspENC Location: Jacksonville on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    You and the other stations need to bring back the radar you used to put down in the corner. It also had color coded storm warnings for faster reference. I do not like the crawls. Too distracting, and not as clear as seeing a storm on radar. I agree, you should be on the air if it's a Tornado, and at least briefly in a Severe T-Storm!
  • by Michael Location: Deep Run on Jul 20, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    Severe weather coverage is far more important than any show. I would rather know if a tornado is about to strike then know every last detail of a show that means nothing at the end of the day. The meteorologists at WITN have always done a great job, and we're going to need every last bit of coverage when the Atlantic starts baking us up some nice tropical surprises.
  • by Ron Location: NC on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    I think our wx people SHOULD break in and STAY on as long as there is a wx threat. If we as a people had rather watch our favorite program ahead of everyone's safety...then those people may well need to find a sofa they can lay on, relax and get a professional opinion. It really makes one wonder what kind of society have we turned into.
  • by Right On! Location: G-Vegas on Jul 18, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    Maybe it was Marvin...

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