1. For all its much ballyhooed "Bay Area's - NEWS station" --where was KRON during the storm's torrent on Sunday? Running infomercials non-stop almost all day. KRON did an expanded 7-10 AM Sunday news show but after that it was ALL cosmetics, religious, patio furniture dreck all the way up to 8 PM! If you're going to hype yourself as a 24-hour "news" station and run infomercial babble then you're really lying to your viewers. Even by KRON standards, this was embarrassing.
2. Why did most stations have their weekday staff in? Ostensibly to show that the storm news was vital and important enough to warrant their "A personnel" --on the other hand, that presents the viewers with the impression: "our weekend people are not good enough to bring you the story." Of course they'll never say that but that's a fair conclusion.
3. Where was Frank Somerville? KTVU's star anchor was nowhere to be seen. Heather Holmes and Ted Rowlands worked the prime time schedule --maybe Frank was busy preparing his next Facebook posting.
4. Does a big puddle of water right below you constitute a "flood?" Paging Maria Medina, KPIX.
5. Why do so many reporters --mainly TV--act as if they're auditioning for the glee club when filing a report? IT'S YOUR JOB! Enough of breathless wonders while on a distant Napa road --of course, if 20 people are trapped in a big truck while you do a live shot, sure, show some emotion, you're only human. But when you're reporting basic information don't get all shock and awe because there's some standing water near your boots. Good grief!
6. Which station stood out? KGO-TV (ABC7) hands down. Not only did 7 expand its morning newscast on Sunday with Carolyn Tyler and bring in Dan Ashley, they also had hourly, (and sometimes) bottom-hour updates during the entire day with expanded news at 5, 6, 7 and 11 PM. In addition, along with Ashley, KGO brought in Ama Daetz to co-anchor with Eric Thomas in the PM. Plus Mike Nicco and Drew Tuma handled weather duties. KGO also brought in many of their weekday reporters. It may have been overkill at times but it showed KGO utilized a lot of its resources to cover the storm --that's serving the community.
KTVU and to a lesser degree, KNTV (NBC Bay Area) get high marks too but couldn't match 7's commitment.
PIX was hamstrung with CBS' NFL Playoffs (no issues here) (and KTVU with Fox) (also here too) but considering those handicaps, did a OK job. PIX brought in Ken Bastida and Liz Cook during the evening with multiple weather anchors, Paul Deanno and news/weather hybrid tonsil, Brian Hackney.
7. Did the storm warrant all the coverage? In the end, no, but I can't find fault with stations going all out just in case. Yes, their was (and is) flooding issues with the usual rivers, (Napa, Russian, Truckee, Consumes, etc) and power outages and traffic foul-ups but those were more outside Bay Area. By and large the immediate 415-510-925 metro area made it out A-OK.
8. What about the tree falling on Hwy 13 in the Oakland Hills? Uh, yeah, I saw it. Nobody was hurt. Unfortunately, there was a couple of deaths in San Ramon and the South Bay due to fallen trees. It received a lot of attention...as it should have.
9. Who stood out on radio? KCBS had continuous coverage --with its standard "traffic and weather" every 10 minutes --when a big storm hits, right up their alley. Even if they repeat any given story over ten times every day. Sorry, but that's not right.
10. Who didn't stand out? KGO Radio ran its usual taped financial shows and dreck up until 5 O'clock --Cumulus showing it really hasn't a clue but what else is news?
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