A Weatherman's Dream Night

Its election night and Tony basically has the night off from weather but not from blogging. TC tells about the excitement in working when the races are close.

My Favorite Night in TV

I have been in the television industry for 25 fun years. During that time I have watched with horror disasters like the Challenger Space Shuttle and 9/11 steal my breath away. I have cried a tear when Johnny Carson said goodbye and Sam and Norm and the gang at Cheers poured their last beer.

On the sports front, I have enjoyed Super Bowls and Final Fours, World Series and Olympics while at “work”. Back in August, I spent my time watching Michael Phelps as close as pressure charts, Misty May and Kerri Walsh in Beijing as much as cold fronts and thunderstorms in the Ohio and Kanawha Valleys. Hey it is a fringe benefit to watch events while on the clock here at WSAZ-Newschannel 3!

But despite all this fun, my most memorable non-weather moments are national election nights like tonight. On these nights, the excitement in our reporter’s voices is incredible. Too close to call presidential races like that in 2000 can exhaust one even if you are not part of the reporting throng. When George W. Bush outlasted Al Gore in 2000, the tension and excitement here at the WSAZ studios was palpable. I sat on pins and needles until 2 AM that night.

Here on this 2008 election night, I am watching Tim and Penny work their magic on local races like the Huntington mayoral battle between Kim Wolfe and David Felinton or the 2nd Congressional Race in WV with Shelly Moore Capito and Anne Barth. “Don’t let the early results fool you”, Penny admonishes as Barth is off to an early lead. “Shelly has a huge base in Central WV.” Soon after Shelly takes the lead.

Randy Yohe knows Bluegrass politics like no other TV reporter in our region and he has predicted for a month that the “most hotly contested Senatorial race in the USA would be the battle between Mitch McConnell and Bruce Lunsford”. At 9:30 PM, Randy’s notion is spot on as it is a 50-50 toss up some 3 hours since the polls closed.

In the Buckeye state our “Boy Wonder”, Michael Wooten (the pride of Boone County), is working the blue and red maps like a seasoned pro at CNN or NBC. In the spring, he walked side by side with Hillary Clinton in Ohio peppering arguably the most powerful women in American politics with tough questions.

On this night, Michael is working on a local presidential spin. He is manning the red and blue maps county by county. “It is amazing to see how Boone County is going Obama but Mingo McCain in a heavily Democratic Coalfield region. If this trend continues, NBC will award WV to McCain.”

Meanwhile, Dave Benton is at the Cabell Courthouse with new numbers on the Huntington Mayor race and the fiercely contested Cabell County Sheriff showdown. In a city that has suffered from big city crime for several years, I personally view these races as important as the presidential contest. Dave reports that Mayor Felinton “is now conceding, Kim Wolfe will be the new mayor of Huntington”.

For my part, I am working on our Thanksgiving weather special all night long but with one eye of the weather and the other on our election coverage. It is indeed my top night of the year to be working in TV.

The next time someone asks me about how neat it is to work in TV, I am sure to relate the story of election nights! How lucky I am!
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