Thursday, November 23, 2006

Mean Streets

Sweeps stories 4 & 5 deal with the most dangerous intersections in the area. I really like the pacing of the first one.
Click here for part 1.

The second one has some good shots, but falls off at the end. I think we'll just call this a TCS.
Click here for part 2.


Is this the new face of Bingo? Does it look like it belongs in Reno? Some think so, and it's sweeps story #3. Props to DMC for the classic bingo shots.

Check it.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Cold Case

My second sweeps story of the month aired the same day as the weather. Chelby wrote it, and then I helped her edit the copy to better fit the video. I even took over the keyboard for part of it. We had no file video, so I had to really think on this one. Luckily the victim's mom was more than happy to get this story out, and she provided us with a wealth of pictures and some great sound.

I'm happy to say that my prediction about the first story being the best is turning out to be wrong. With two stories aired, another airing tonight, and two more on Monday, it's going to be a good month.

Click here for the story.

Breaking Wind

A tornado claimed the life of a St. Helena parish man, and I was first on the scene.

Another week on call, and I'm wondering how much sleep I'm going to lose out on this time. It should be a slow week for call, since Ken Brumfield had a busy week last week. I'm really glad we switched weeks.

I'm fully expecting to be called out early Wednesday morning, because severe weather will be coming through in the wee hours. Tornado watches are in effect until daybreak. It's not until 7:00 am that I'm called to travel to Hillsdale damage. Ok, but where is Hillsdale? After four years in this market I've only traveled to about half of its out-of-the-way towns and communities, and Hillsdale isn't on any map I've got in the XTerra.

C-squared gives me some directions over the Nextel, and I'm off. An hour later I run into Deputy Ricard and he leads me on a tour of the damage, starting with the scene of the only death in the state caused by last night's weather. Ironically the man had left the travel trailer he usually lives in to stay in the house. Ironic because his trailer was untouched, and the house was destroyed. As I take in the damage and fire off shots, I notice that I seem to be the only media here. I might have been beaten by a town paper, but I beat all the major outlets by nearly two hours.

Kenny B and Chatty are on their way with our combo truck, so I grab the rest of the damage I can get to and meet them back at the scene. I switch to truck op and beam our live shots back to the station via satellite for the rest of the afternoon, with one brief interview with the Governor at 5:30 pm while Ken edits the package for six.

The story lead Noon, Four, and Five, and we were live at Six with a VOSOT at Ten. The best part is that we beat all the Baton Rouge and New Orleans media to the story. Oh, and that other Baton Rouge station didn't even show up. While we were live at Noon, they were reporting AP wire copy.

Click here for the Noon live shot.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

E-mail Story

Here's the link for my first sweeps story of the month. Also, probably my best of the month.

Click here.

Cool Site

A link soon to hit the sidebar is It's a site created and run by parents who play video games with their kids. From what I've read, it can be a valuable resource for those of you who want to know what games are kid-appropriate. Check it out.