There is nothing like a little snow to make the local television stations go nuts. The madness really started yesterday evening with reporters sent out to find snow, special winter weather graphics and crawls with school closings along with other notes about the snowstorm on the bottom of the screen.

This morning the madness continued with most of the stations starting their morning newscasts an hour early at 4 a.m. However, we missed the one sure sign of a winter storm this time around due to cutbacks at WNBC - Joe Avellar (now with WCBS radio) being sent to some snow covered part of the northern suburbs to cover the snow.

Of course, this sort of weather provides opportunity for unexpected humor during the weather coverage.


The funniest moment of the storm coverage so far was last night on channel 2’s 11 p.m. newscast. Reporter Lou Young slipped and fell in the snow when reporting from Middletown in Orange County while trying to walk and talk at the same time. Being quite funny, WCBS replayed it later in the newscast and placed the video on their website.

This morning’s Good Day New York on Fox 5 yielded another comedy incident during a live shot from reporter Steve Keely from sister station WTXF. Keely, reporting from somewhere in Philadelphia, turned on a snow blower which hit the cameraman and camera square in the lens. We can only assume that given the cost of camera equipment and the obvious safety issues that this was unintentional. Then again, we don’t know if this is part of his normal shtick down there.

Finally there was an unintentional and unfortunate juxtaposition during Good Morning America on WABC. During a report on the whereabouts of terrorist leader Muqtada Al Sadr, the school closing report for the Islamic Leadership School appeared on the crawl at the bottom of the screen. This one was more funny uh-oh than funny ha-ha.