Archive for November 2008

Bill Walsh’s Winter Forecast

November 24, 2008

Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh    Can you believe how cold its been lately? I never expected 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s when I moved to South Carolina! This morning there was frost on my front yard.

My grandmother who lived in Horry County swore February was the worst month in the lowcountry. October and November have been pretty chilly by my standards.

So what’s in store for the ‘real’ winter months? Bill Walsh has been doing some research with all of his models and forecasts to find out if December, January, Febrary and March are going to be colder or wetter or milder and drier. Let’s cross our fingers for the latter.  I dont like having to bundle up to take the dog on a walk.  I miss my flip flops.

Bill is the lowcountry’s weather expert. If its not in the computer models, you can trust his trick knee. Watch his winter forecast, tonight on Live5News at 11.

Crunch Time

November 19, 2008

In newsroom lingo, crunch time is defined as the hour or two before deadline, when everyone is racing to complete their stories and prepare our newscasts. Today’s crunch was a doozy.

After 3pm:

-we broke the news of the court ruling in favor of James Island’s lawsuit to break away from the City of Charleston and form its own town.

-a woman confessed to Live5’s Anthony Miller that she killed her husband. Needless to say, that totally changed Anthony’s story, and we had to get our legal team on the story.

-the owner of a shipwrecked boat on Kiawah made some pretty strong allegations about the boat’s captain to our Ian Silver. Had to get the lawyers on that one, too.

-Half of our team of legal experts were late to answer phone calls from our viewers during the 5pm newscast.

-a group of 20+ Citadel students showed up to tour the TV station and watch the 6pm newscast.

-as I write this, our team is following more breaking news: reports of a shooting in Summerville.

What started as a relatively calm day turned chaotic in minutes.

That’s why we love the news business!

Keep watching Live5 News, you never know what’s going to happen next!

Greatest Job

November 17, 2008

As a journalist, I have one of the greatest jobs in the world.

I find out about things first. I get to witness history like the Murrah Building bombing and Hurricane Katrina. I get to meet interesting and important people from all across the world’s stage, like presidents and first ladies, governors, mayors, and network news performers. People like Jesse Jackson and Ivana Trump, Kenny Chesney, and one of the last living munchkins from ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ 

My career also takes me places that many people don’t get to go.

On Saturday, I was invited to fly on a C-17 transport plane with the US Air Force’s 315th Airlift Wing based here in Charleston. 

The Public Affairs Office, lead by Captain Wayne Capps and assisted by Major Bill Walsh, invites community leaders from around the lowcountry to learn about the role the base and crews play in our community, first hand.

About 30 other civilians were along for the 4.5 hour trip, which included a landing at North Field near Orangeburg to watch aerial manuvers by the huge plane, and a simulated in-flight refueling mission with a KC-135 from Andrews AFB outside DC.

I got to ride in the cockpit for takeoff. It was incredible. And eye opening!

I learned so much about what the men and women of the Air Force and their reserve counterparts do right here at Charleston AFB. They ferry people, wounded, supplies and equipment around the world to support our armed forces.  If you’ve only seen the huge gray birds flying across the sky, you have no idea about what goes on next to the airport.

Charleston AFB is a small city made up of dedicated men and women working around the clockfor our country.  The next time you see someone from the base, or anyone in the armed services, thank them for what they do for us.

99 Days (or fewer) until DTV

November 11, 2008

Today we’re 99 days from the deadline the government has given all local TV stations to abandon our analog signal and beginbroadcasting on the digital spectrum. It’s a big deal for alot of people out there in TV Land, but not everybody.

First of all, we TV stations aren’t doing this as a gimmick, or a way to get ratings. The Feds are making every TV station in the country, do this. From tiny KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas, and KATC in Lafayette, LA, to WBRC in Birmingham, AL and KFOR in Oklahoma City, to huge WCVB in Boston, MA and good ol’ Live5 in Charleston, SC….all stations have been ordered to change the way we broadcast pictures and sound over the air. The Feds are taking back the analog airwaves and moving broadcasters to the new digital spectrum.

If you watch TV on cable or satellite, like most of us do, the DTV conversion will have little or no effect on your viewing because you’re watching the signal directly from your cable or satellite provider, not the TV station itself.

If you dont have cable or satellite, and only get a few network and independent channels off an antenna, DTV will change the way you watch TV. Most viewers in this scenario live in rural areas or in the center part of our viewing area in downtown Charleston and North Charleston.

You wont see anything after February unless you buy a digital TV antenna and in some cases a digital TV converter box.  To find out more about what you need to do, if anything, click on this link for answers about DTV.

Here at Live5, we’re going to be running tests on our DTV signal over the next couple of weeks and months so viewers, and cable and satellite providers, can see for themselves what everyone in the TV business is talking about. We’ll publicize it first, but we’ll be turning off our analog signal for a few seconds during our newscasts, and only broadcasting in DTV. When we do, it will only be for a few seconds, and our anchors will tell you what you should be seeing on the screen. They’ll also tell you what you need to do if you lose your picture during during our DTV test.

If all goes well, we’ll be turning off our analog transmission right after the Super Bowl at the first of February, a couple of weeks before the national deadline. We’ve always been the Lowcountry’s News Leader, earlier this fall with High Definition, and now we’ll lead the way into the new frontier of DTV.

Keep watching Live5 News!