David Culver

The Thrill of Live TV

October 13th, 2010 at 12:12 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Personalities, Uncategorized

Nothing compares to the thrill of live television. That’s especially true when it comes to reporting “good news”. My assignment Wednesday morning was the “good news” the world was anxiously waiting to hear — 33 trapped miners finally making their way to the surface, to fresh air, to freedom. Throughout the overnight hours, the morning producers and I kept tabs on the latest number of miners that had reached the top.  We watched from the live pool feed the emotion that each miner’s rise to the top evoked from the crowds of onlookers. As we went live for the broadcast at 5 a.m., 6 miners had reached the surface. By the end of the first hour, the number reached 7. In the middle of my 6 a.m. report, as though it were planned, our live picture showed the 8th miner coming out of the capsule. Our director told me via IFB that this was in fact a live picture of one of the rescues.  It’s at that point you just push the script aside and watch as the excitement unfolds.

Recovering from severe weather coverage

October 1st, 2010 at 1:45 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Personalities, Weather

It might sound strange, “recovering from severe weather coverage,” but for those of us in news it’s a reality. Thursday’s storms packed a punch: a lot of rain, strong winds and a rush of adrenaline. For photographer LV and I, it was 12 plus hours of covering conditions from literally all over Hampton Roads.

We started our day at around 2 a.m., leaving the station in Portsmouth heading toward Newport News. We wanted to check on the City Line apartments, a place that’s quite familiar with flooding. From Newport News we were off to Hampton, where we were told to expect the start of some street flooding. But by the time we reached Hampton, we’d gotten word of the tornado warnings in the Southside. So we quickly “broke down the live truck” and headed through the HRBT to Virginia Beach.

Throughout those early morning hours we were in constant contact with producers and assignment desk editors back at the station. As the ones in the field, we tell them everything we’re seeing. In return they serve as the information hub, if you will, making us aware of reports coming in near and around our location. (Without that communication, we’d be lost)!

By 5 a.m. we were planted at the intersection of Providence Road and S. Military Highway — another one of those well known “high water” zones. We stayed put talking to drivers and going live for a couple of hours in wall-to-wall coverage. All the while taking a beating from Mother Nature. [I thought I was prepared for the wet weather, turns out the rain found all of my clothes' vulnerabilities and made it's way into my boots (which are still drying out).] Then, we were on the move again! This time we headed to Chesapeake, after hearing of more neighborhood flooding and of a car crash, which seemed to be weather-related.

When I finally glanced at the clock in the truck it was already noon! By then we had finished our coverage in Chesapeake. After feeding back all the video and information we’d gathered, LV and I headed back to Portsmouth — but not before making a few stops to gather some more flooding video (which wasn’t hard to fine).

By the time we walked into the station door it was 1 o’clock and we were exhausted! But, as soon as you look at the many faces of all the other WAVY employees — working just as long and hard to bring you the news  — your own aches and pains quickly dissipate, and you’re overcome with a sense of satisfaction and pride by the people you’re surrounded by.

That being said, when I got home at around 4 p.m. I cleaned up and went right to bed, beginning my recovery from severe weather coverage. Just a few hours later though, we were up and at it again!