Friday the 13th, 2015 will be remembered in history as Paris's 9-11--the terrorist attacks that took the lives of over 100 people, a number that is certain to rise in the coming days.
The news broke mid-afternoon in the Bay Area. Local TV stations broke out of regularly scheduled programming and began taking their respective network feeds.
Soon, CNN, Fox News, and BBC in particular, were reporting on the massacres and sent their reporters to the location of the terrorist attacks. The soccer stadium scene where a large explosion could be heard was powerful enough and provided early evidence of the ensuing mass chaos.
On radio here, I give full credit to KGO for taking in its CNN Radio feed and dishing local coverage. It was a smart move because any local angle material was and is much too trivial --let those who have vast experience in international stories carry the coverage and details. We all know SF was on high alert, as was NY, LA, Chicago and other western cities. Paris was of main concern and CNN was the right choice.
KCBS also pretty much stuck to national CBS Radio coverage and KQED stuck with its NPR and BBC reporters.
Late Friday, KGO Radio's Pat Thurston hosted a great, albeit brief, one-hour talk show which provided a much-needed dose of reaction to the events of the day. The show would have been even better had Thurston had much more time. No dice. A Cal basketball game hijacked the timeline at 8 PM.
Ouch, well it was good while it lasted.
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