June, 2012

Severe Strorm Threat Continues Today

June 30th, 2012 at 9:38 am by under Weather

There were over 800 storm reports from across the country last night and early this morning as we had that line of severe weather move across the region. This morning many woke up to the sound of the 60+mph wind gusts as the storms tracked across Hampton Roads. The highest wind gust in our area was from Franklin at 74mph. Today, the threat for severe weather continues.

Slight Risk

We have the right ingredients for these storms today. (Heat + Humidity + Front/Trough) Storms producing straight line wind gusts will be the biggest threat this evening as the storms move in.

Storms Tonight

This is the most recent run of our model brings in the storms this evening around sundown along the trough line. This timing could be earlier if the trough moves in faster. The trough is the lifting mechanism in the atmosphere which takes the hot and humid air on the ground and lifts it to create clouds and eventually these storms. The best thing this afternoon is stay sky aware (and also stay cool). Keep an eye on the western horizon, as that is where the storms will be coming from.

Also, remember the Excessive Heat Warning Continues today for the majority of our area; Jeremy has some great heat tips in his recent blog.

Stay Cool and watch for Storms.

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Windstorm Blog That I Couldn’t Post

June 30th, 2012 at 8:16 am by under Uncategorized, Weather

I had written this blog last night in the middle of the storms.  I was just about to proofread when my power went out.  Thought it would be neat to read. So I’ll post this morning.  Jeff will have a bigger update this morning.

A line of severe storms is moving in tonight from the northwest.  It is a Mid-sized Cluster of Storms called an MCS although MCS really stands for something else: MCS defined.  The line has already produced a wind gust up to 71mph at Franklin and a gust to over 60mph at Ft. Eustis.  Here was the view from Super Doppler 10 at 12:15am:

Super Doppler 10 (12:15am)

These types of storms are hard to detect on the models due to their size, but are big enough to affect a viewing area.  This line of winds will quickly move through in the next hour to hour and a half.  There has been a severe thunderstorm warning for many cities/counties for the last hour or more.  Be careful out there tonight.  Don Slater will have an update in 10 minutes on-air.  Jeff will be in in the morning with a full update.  Be careful out there, and stay away from windows until the winds die down. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


June 29th, 2012 at 10:30 pm by under Interns

Today I shadowed Jim and Dave who were the directors for the 90 ( the 5, 5:30 and 6 pm newscasts).  The director has a lot of responsibility and has to be able to effectively communicate with everyone in room at all times to make sure everything runs smoothly. But its a overall a team effort because without all the other people in production doing they’re unique jobs the newscast would not be successful. I distributed run downs today and learned how they are marked ( which is with various symbols, circles and X marks). Both directors were able to mark their 20 page copy of the news in about 7 minutes!  I really enjoyed my week in production because it really opened my eyes to see all of the behind the scenes stuff that goes into a newscast! Plus, everyone was so nice to me :)

Oprah aha Moment of the Day: Wherever you chose to work make sure its with people you can have a good time with and that will always bring out the best in you. Everyone in production really seemed to get along and I really want to work some place where I have great relationships with my coworkers

Production & It’s Engine : Behind “On-Air”

June 29th, 2012 at 10:20 pm by under Interns

These past two weeks after my web internship have been even more of an eye opener. Last week I interned in production and this week in sales. Before exploring these two departments, I was oblivious to how they collaborate. In production, the news station is trying to sell the product, also known as WAVY 10 News. I did not understand this concept until working in sales. To make this collaborative effort make sense, let me begin describing my production experience.

Taking place in the control room, my first day I shadowed Reba Bloom who was directing the 11:00PM newscast. I also got to meet Jim Falvey who directed the 10PM. Reba taught me how to mark up a rundown, meaning marking cues for during the show. She also explained all the different televisions in the control room, there are plenty! Reba stressed that her key role in the control room was to be the big picture person and execute the rundown, which is made throughout the day by producers, graphic designers and reporters.

My second day I was in the audio room. Here, I learned how to mark the rundown for audio means, which entails marking different cues similar to what I did with the director. I also learned the audio sound board and executed the weather music! The night included changing out batteries for microphones for the anchors, turning microphones on and off during a show, and changing the volume of the show depending on who was speaking. I previously had no idea that audio was controlled on-air.

Wednesday was my teleprompt day. I learned that subtitles come from the teleprompt. In the control room, I had the chance to both shadow and actually work the teleprompt for Tom Schaad. After the show, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to actually read the teleprompt at the anchor desk!

Next, on Thursday, I learned how to read the rundown in the graphics department. There is much preparation that goes on throughout the day with creating backgrounds and making the newscasts look eye-catching. Using multiple televisions, I learned that different software programs on the computer channel through the different televisions for organization purposes. There is also a creative side to creating the different backgrounds in order to display the stories in its truest form.

Last, on Friday I learned how to work the cameras in the recording room. It was neat to see the anchors at work while learning the different cameras and how the cameras can be robotically moved around. I learned terms such as MCU (middle close up), and OTS (over the shoulder graphic). By the end of the week, production came full circle to me. Everyone depended on everyone while on-air. The producers gave the director the information, the camera man is responsible for getting the right shots for the graphic animations people to place templates and words by the head of the correct anchor speaking, the teleprompter kept track of the right time for the anchors to talk about a story, the audio person made sure these stories were not too loud or quiet for the home audience. It was pure production.

All of this was displayed on the rundown in simple cues! Every key person in the control room had to read the rundown differently, which fascinated me. Also the thought of a control room sounds stressful, but to my surprise everyone was laid back. Furthermore, the control room staff had been working together for years and it was a great team to be around. The most important rule of the control room is to be alert.

As I mentioned in the beginning, WAVY 10 is a product. I worked in sales this last week and greatly enjoyed working with Christina Close, Research Director. At first I felt intimidated with sales because I am not a business major; however Christina, also an English major, reassured me that there is more logic than math in the sales department. Our first day, Christina gave me an orientation of the potential clients the sales department works with and the goals behind the department. I increased my knowledge understanding the WAVY and WVBT dayparts and HUTs (number of households watching television), shares (percent of HUT), ratings (viewers), and PUTS (people using television). After I learned the basics the first day, I gradually felt part of the office working on projects, attending meetings, and understanding how negotiations work with advertising companies.

On Tuesday, I worked on filling out rating percentages on Microsoft Excel sheets.  Working with Neilson, a company that measures data and sells it to Lin Media, I realized while working, you draw conclusions from your percentages and outcomes. I also created graphs to show why WAVY is market worthy. The work was greatly rewarding.

On Wednesday, I cold called local restaurants, asking them if they would like to advertise their restaurant on the Hampton Roads Show by having a cooking segment. After, I was lucky to be interning the week of SWOT. The meeting consisted of looking at ratings and potential new shows for the fall. New shows mean that new potential advertising companies will be interested in negotiating commercial time with WAVY 10. This is where demographics are used. For example, a male schewed advertisement would be beneficial to a football program. Therefore, the sales representatives keep their eyes peeled for male company clients. The meeting showed the success of the sales team, the weaknesses, the opportunities, and the estimates. After the meeting, I began researching ways to promote Toyota.

On Thursday, I attended an Advertising Federation of Hampton Roads luncheon at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood in Virginia Beach. Having Toyota in mind, I listened to the key speaker, Roger Phelps, Promotional Communications Manager for STIHL Inc. on how to better work with clients during business marketing negotiations. Phelps supported the “Independent We Stand” campaign throughout is spectacular presentation. Supporting local businesses, he explained how to make connections with local businesses and keep a relationship with them as a client. The luncheon gave me a new view on marketing, sell what your company stands for.

Today I attended two meetings, one discussing web performance and another promoting the product of a company. Also, I finished a PowerPoint project with Christina that was meant for sales representatives to show potential clients. This PowerPoint included why the client should partner with WAVY 10 by means of graphs and statistics found in the SWOT. Also, I looked at the ratings from Fourth of July last year with Christina. I had many questions today about supply and demand and Christina answered them perfectly. I feel like I am meshing with sales, but now I change to a new exciting internship with the Hampton Roads Show net week!


LMF: Cassidy and Tess

June 29th, 2012 at 10:59 am by under THRS Live Music

Today marks two very important events…well, actually three: First, it’s the start of my birthday weekend.  Sunday is the day I mark the 13th anniversary of my 21st birthday (gifts are not necessary but well appreciated). Second, it’s Friday and third but most importantly, it’s Live Music Friday. Today we were in for a treat as Cassidy and Tess graced our stage.

The sisters have a dynamic and powerful vocal presence that just takes your breath away.  Perfect harmonies paired with smooth guitar and subtle piano make them a force to be reckon with…and it doesn’t stop there.  They are currently in the studio working on both and EP and full length release.  The mega-talented Ben Hardesty of Bison is collaborating with them and bringing some of the other Bison gang to join in on the fun so you know it’s going to be good.  I also got word a big name vocalist will be stopping in to lend his pipes to the project.  I’m not going to drop his name yet as I want to keep it a surprise.  They will get out of the studio for a bit to perform an intimate show at Cafe Moka in Virginia Beach Saturday, August 4.  I really predict big things coming from them in the future, so make sure you bookmark their website, cassidyandtess.com, to keep up to date with them.

In other happenings around town, our good friend Mike Federali is hitting the studio to recording his LP and you can help him out with it.  He has a Kickstarter campaign going and has some really good incentives for you from free swag to a private concert.  Help him out by clicking right here.

On the concert front, as I stated before this is the grande finale for The Colley Cantina.  Tonight, Deathtrap with Shifty perform and tomorrow (Saturday) is the big send off.  Humanoids from the Deep, Great Dismal Swamis, The Kill Circuit, 60 Cycle, The Unabombers and The Bottle Babies will blow the roof off the joint.  If you get a chance, head out there and pay your respects.

Sunday, hit the web and tune into YourMusicShow.  A great weekly web series that features great local artists in the comforts of the YMS kitchen.  2p is the time and their guests will be Mean Low Tide.  And before you tuck yourself into bed, make sure you turn the radio dial to 96x for The Local Music Show.  Hosted by the lovely Crizti Walsh of Crissy Babe & The Dastards, this show plays the best of the 757 and in the world of the ever-changing technology, it’s still pretty cool to hear your song on the radio.

That’s it for me.  Stay cool out there and if you happen to hit up Tortilla West for brunch Sunday, stop by my table and wish me a happy birthday!  Cheers!


Beating The Heat!

June 29th, 2012 at 8:37 am by under Weather

Every year we get at least some kind of heat wave where a heat advisory is issued.  We do have that for today, and probably for tomorrow as well.  Today almost the whole viewing area is under a heat advisory (orange area). 

Heat Advisory

When the heat index rises to between 105-115 degrees for at least a couple of hours or more, then a heat advisory is issued.  This means that heat illnesses like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke are possible.

When the heat index rises to over 105 for 2 days in a row, then an excessive heat warning goes into effect.  It is also issued if the heat index will rise to over 115.  In this case heat illnesses are likely. 

High pressure is settled in today.  So we will see a lot of sunshine.  This will allow highs will rise to the upper 90s to low 100s.  The heat index 100-107.  Inland locations of course will be the hottest.  The humidity has also come up a bit.  Dewpoints are in the low 60s today whereas yesterday they were in the 50s.  We will have a bit of a breeze (10-15mph) out of the southwest.  Tomorrow high pressure will still try to hold on, but the extreme heat and humidity could be enough to pop up some isolated afternoon storms.  Highs will be near 100 and it will be humid.  By the way the record high for today is 101 (1980).  Tomorrow the record is 100 (1936).   

On Sunday we’ll still be hot and humid, but we do expect more clouds.  Also, we’ll probably get some scattered showers and storms as the high pushes a little farther south.  A few showers are possible early, then expect some late day scattered thunderstorms.  We’ll have a few storms probably between Monday through the 4th of July, but isolated to scattered.  Highs will be more in the low/mid 90s those days.  We can tweak the forecast for Wednesday as it gets closer. 

There are several things you can do to beat the heat:

1.  Drink plenty of fluids- With the high heat and humidity, the body has to produce more sweat (typically) in order to stay cool.  This because the sweat doesn’t evaporate as easily with a higher heat index.  Water is best.  Don’t drink alcohol as it can also dehydrate the body.   Sugary drinks are also not a good idea. 

2.  Grab some shade - If you are working outside, then take breaks and take them in the shade.  It’s the perfect time to rehydrate when you take those breaks.  If you’re a foreman or coach, then make sure your team has plenty of cold water available. 

3.  Wear light-weight/light-colored clothing –  Thicker clothes don’t let your body breathe (so to speak) as good as lighter-weight clothing.  The color is important as brighter clothes reflect more light, whereas darker clothes absorb the light and turn it into heat.  It makes a big difference.  Try it for yourself. 

4.  A.C. broken? Stay cool anyway -   Head to a cool public place for the day.  A mall or a library are great places to go as well as the beach. 

5.  Bad or no A.C.? Grab a fan – If your Air conditioner doesn’t work or work well, then a fan will help.  It promotes evaporation and takes the heat away from your body.  So grab a fan (even a small one) to help. 

6.  Check on the young, the elderly, and the pets – The very young and the elderly don’t deal with the heat as well as older kids and younger adults.  So check on them to make sure they are doing ok.  Pets also suffer from the heat.  Dogs don’t sweat.  So they keep cool by panting and drinking water.  If you leave them outside, then make sure they have plenty of shade and water.  You can even leave some ice in their bowl in the morning.  A dog house isn’t good shade unless it’s very well ventilated (which is rare).  The materials will heat up and basically create a hot box. 

7.  Close the curtains – When light gets into the house it turns into heat.  So close the curtains to not only keep cooler, but to help out your cooling unit.

8.  Cars…  – It should go without saying, but it’s always a good reminder as folks get super busy and forget things…  Never leave your kids or pets in a hot vehicle.  Even before a heat advisory is issued, the inside of cars can reach temperatures into the 120s and 130s.  This with outdoor temperatures even in the 80s.  New parents especially that get a big lack of sleep, and may not be in the habit of taking a child with them everywhere should try to always remember. 

9.  Not too cool – Even with this heat, you can still turn your thermostat up a couple of degrees before you leave for work.  It will help out the power bill, and it will help out the power company as it helps take a bit of the load off of the power grid if many people do it. 

10.  Ice Cream – Do I have to explain? 

11.  Cool Water – Keep bottles of water in the fridge.  That way you can take them on the go, and they will be cool for a while.  Stay green and use a reusable water bottle.

12. Eat small/often – Eat small meals and often. 

Feel free to submit any tips that I missed in the comments section.  Stay cool folks and have a good weekend!

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

Gecko? No, Deko!

June 28th, 2012 at 9:58 pm by under Interns

Today I spent the day with Chris in Deko. He was really funny and willing to show me the ropes when it came to Deko. He showed me how Deko works and all the things that he does, when it comes to recording things to inserting supers at the right time during a newscast.  Amazingly, he was able to talk to me while keeping an eye on the prompter and television while inserting supers at the right moment. Chris is also super tech savvy and was able to deal with any problems that arose during the broadcast quickly and efficiently!

Oprah aha moment of the day : If you’re calm, everything will run smoothly. In news you have to be able to think on your toes and alwasy bring your A game because you never know when you’ll need it.

Drought Monitor Update

June 28th, 2012 at 12:39 pm by under Weather

The drought is improving across the southeastern portion of our country. Below is a comparison of the drought monitor from June 19th and now this week:

Drought Monitor

There has been a slight increase in the region which is abnormally dry across Virginia and North Carolina, and also an increase in Georgia. Look at the difference in Florida. Tropical Storm Debby brought some areas nearly 2 feet of rainfall which virtually eliminated the all-spring drought. Looking ahead in our next week we don’t really have any significant chances for rain, but we might see some daytime thunderstorms going into this hot and humid weekend.

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Live from DC hearing on tax preparation fraud

June 28th, 2012 at 10:49 am by under 10 On Your Side, News, Personalities

6:15 a.m. – Rise and shine! There is something about the nation’s capital that makes you want to get up early and get out the door. It could be the inevitable traffic on the way into the city, especially on a day like today.

We had to stay in a hotel in northern Virginia last night because almost every room in D.C. was full ahead of today’s Supreme Court ruling on the health care law and individual mandate. A decision is expected to come around 10 o’clock this morning.

I think we may be the only people here who are not here to talk about health care. We were the first station to investigate Mo Money Taxes locally, and we want to see it through to the end.

Today a House subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security is set to discuss identity theft and income tax preparation fraud. Mo Money Taxes is likely to be at the center of discussion, with a Norfolk victim scheduled to speak about his personal struggles with the company.

The hearing starts at 9:45 so I’ve got to run! Check back for updates throughout the day. You can also follow me on Twitter. My handle is @AnneWAVY.

9:42 a.m. – I am writing from inside the Rayburn Building where the hearing is about to begin. I have learned Michael Robinson is the Norfolk victim from Rep. Bobby Scott’s district who will be testifying today. I have received Rep. Scott’s prepared statement. He will speak primarily about his constituents struggles with Mo Money. His statement references WAVY TV 10 reports. We are underway. More to come…

11:00 a.m. – Norfolk victim Michael Robinson said he learned about Mo Money from a family member. He and his wife went to Mo Money to get an estimate ($3602). He felt funny about the company and left. Later he tried to file at Jackson Hewitt and was told Mo Money had already filed for him. JH discovered IRS paid Mo Money check in his name for $5270, which he still has not received to this date. He has filed an amendment.

Mo Money has remained the main topic of discussion. Victims would be encouraged to hear how the Congressman are holding the IRS rep’s feet to the fire. She cannot comment on ongoing investigations. She told Congressman Conyers she will take his comments back to the IRS. His response: “Taking it back is not enough. I want action.”

12:38 p.m. – Hearing is over. We will have reaction from the IRS, Rep. Scott and Mo Money Norfolk victim Michael Robinson tonight at 5. Here is a picture of Michael and me after our interview. He took a train from Norfolk to get here and he did a great job despite being a little nervous.

The victim advocate from the IRS was an insightful interview. She explained some of the Mo Money schemes described by the subcommittee falls into the cracks of banking regulations, meaning no one is watching over the money. There’s some talk about increasing penalties and changing laws to incorporate direct deposit victims.

See you at 5!

LMF: Bad Medicine

June 28th, 2012 at 10:24 am by under THRS Live Music

Nope, I’m not talking about Bon Jovi’s first single off of their New Jersey record…although that is a pretty rocking tune.  I’m going to talk about a different band: A Bad Think.

A Bad Think is the brainchild of Virginia Beach producer Michael Marquart.  After gaining fame as the drummer of A Flock Of Seagulls, Michael stepped from behind the kit and created A Bad Think to showcase his many talents. Guitarist Ralph Bruner and Michael’s singer/songwriter daughter, Samantha, join the eclectic musical journey that A Bad Think takes you on.  With three records already under their belt, they have just released a fourth.  Medicine is available on iTunes and it’s first single, ‘Under The Stairs’, has an accompanying video that is directed by Virginia Beach director Derrick Borte, who directed The Joneses (staring David Duchovny and Demi Moore), and stars Mariel Hemingway.  You can check out the video here.

Tomorrow is Friday and better yet, Live Music Friday.  Our guests will be the acoustic duo of Cassidy and Tess.  They opened for Bison at their sold-out show at The Attucks Theater and they’ll be bringing their talents to The Hampton Roads Show stage.

Until then, I’ll check you guys out tomorrow.