Friday, March 11, 2011

A Day To Remember!

Friday, March 11th, 2011. Probably a day I will never forget. I don't yet know anyone who was immediately impacted by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked Japan (using the term "rocked" doesn't even do it justice). But as I pulled into the parking lot at work Friday at 2:30 a.m., I realized that it probably wouldn't be hard to stay awake this Friday.

My station was all over the news from the time the earthquake was reported. The 10 o'clock news crew was STILL at work at 2:30 the following morning when I walked into the studio. For a crew not use to running 5 straight hours of coverage, I was more than impressed with their drive. I immediately had to begin taking in information. I had NO clue the amount of devastation that had occurred. It took about 20 minuets to get oriented and on the same page with the rest of the crew. Sometime after 3 a.m., our morning crew officially took over and thus began an epic day. We wound up being on-air until 1:13 p.m.! Our morning anchors Pete and Deb, and weather guy Andy went through roughly 10 hours of straight, commercial-free news coverage!

The people behind the scenes were just as important in getting the coverage out for that long. So many people go into keeping a show on air for that long. At the end of the day, I have to give huge kudos to all of my co-workers. They inspired me to be at the top of my game all day long and I could not ask for a better set of co-workers and friends at the station! These people are all pros and contributed to a day I will never forget! Thank you all!

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