Posts Tagged ‘KWTV’

Fire Emergency in Oklahoma City Yesterday

31 August 2011

There was a serious wildfire in Oklahoma City yesterday, that continues today. It was apparently south of, and close to, my house and neighborhood.

The information surrounding this fire was confusing and contradictory. I am in San Diego, and found out about the fire from CNN in the lobby of the Navy facility I am working at this week. I got in touch with Raegan, and she collected Ian from the house.

So the NWS sent out several fire warning statements; these indicated a mandatory evacuation area that included our house. I was in constant contact with Ian to ensure he was not terribly worried (in fact, he was calm, and executed my commands very precisely, and I am very proud of him for that). The police came through the neighborhood house to house as well.

But the media (at least, none of the TV station websites, or the Oklahoman website) never reported that our neighborhood was evacuated. The reported area still today stops a mile south of our house. There was ONE report of a specific location of fire yesterday (on the KFOR website, I think), and that report was 3/4 mile due south of my house).

The OKC FD had to have had PA people out with them, and there were scads of reporters around, and still, almost 24 hours after the event started, the information is still not consistent. The OKC FD website reports a different set of fire areas than the media.

All of this really leads me to question the information sharing between the various agencies and the media. The media had helicopters up, and if nothing else they should have been able to precisely show the boundaries of the fire areas at least. Why could the spotters in the helicopter report the actual fire locations to their reporters, and to their web site people? I could see the smoke plume on NWS radar yesterday, and it showed the fire source at least, and that was the best I could get, but it is a very low resolution at best.

So to find out what happened, I am going to have to go drive the neighborhoods when I get home this weekend. That’s not a good testament to the media in OKC.

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Please Permit Me A Rant About A Blackberry Bug

16 April 2010

OK, it’s not often that a handheld screws up a rare opportunity.

Our daughter Erin went on a field trip to the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge today. They were having a special program on ladybugs.

While there, Erin was interviewed by Channel 9, KWTV here in Oklahoma City. The interview was not very long, but we thought it was cool.

I do not have a working VCR, and my DVR won’t record over-the-air TV. So I whipped out my Blackberry 8220, turned on the video camera, got it lined up with the TV, and found a steady place to hold it for a good picture. When Channel 9 started the segment with Erin in it, I pushed the start button and we were off!

Unfortunately, seven seconds into the segment, I got a Blackberry calendar reminder pop up. I clicked Dismiss, and the video was still being shown, BUT IT WAS NOT BEING RECORDED! I watched the segment with Erin through the Blackberry LCD, not knowing it was not being captured.

After a few shouted words that were of the unpleasant variety, I did a couple controlled tests and found that this behavior was consistent. Once the reminder pops up, the video recording stops. I think this is a bug in the Blackberry 8220. I will report it to RIM as such.

Media Coverage of the 2009 OKC Blizzard

24 December 2009

Well, the OKC area is under a blizzard warning, the first I can remember. The local TV stations started wall-to-wall weather coverage at some point before 0830.

Right now they have a lot of people out standing at intersections watching snow come down, and driving around watching snow come down.

I don’t know that it’s necessary to put your employees at risk just to show your station is keeping it’s viewers informed. For severe events like tornadoes, the areas affected are typically small enough that you have to spread people out to catch that elusive video. But for larger, synoptic scale events like a snowstorm, pretty much everywhere in a couple hundred square mile area is affected, and the pictures from the parking lot of the station look the same as the view out my windows, and the view out of windows in Moore, Norman, and Warr Acres.

We had constant, steady sleet here for about four hours, and for the past hour or so it’s been pure snow. Pretty impressive, and it’s supposed to last for another eight or ten hours.

Maybe not the whole story…

29 July 2009

As a bit of background, a couple weeks ago a couple people went into a pharmacy here to rob it. The pharmacist shot one robber in the head, but didn’t kill him. The pharmacist ran out pursuing the other robber, then came back in, got a second gun, and emptied it into the wounded and unconscious robber on the floor, killing him.

The pharmacist is rightly charged with murder, but that’s not what this post is about.

I watched the KFOR news at 1800 this evening. KFOR reported that the station had hired an attorney to request that TV cameras be allowed to show the pharmacists trial. OK, I thought, pretty good.

Tonight at 2200 I watched the KWTV news. They ran a similar story, and the name of the attorney seemed to be the same as the KFOR attorney.

I checked both stations websites and saw no mention of this news item on the websites. Then I checked the KOCO website; there was a story there, and it reported that all three OKC stations (and one in Tulsa) had agreed to go in together request that the judge allow them to use cameras in the trail.

This smells a bit to me. Although I am all for cameras in the trial (and others), I think that KFOR and KWTV should have the integrity to mention that it is a coordinated effort.

Late news: Kelly Ogle of KWTV just did a “My Two Cents” about the issue of cameras in the trial. He said at least twice “our lawyers”, and he also said something like “we filed a motion,,,”.

It’s not a sign of integrity that the two stations are not being up front about this.

For the record, I think all trials should be televised or recorded. That helps maintain the integrity of the proceedings.