From where I sit On The Kowch, winter storms are when radio stations earn the respect of listeners or their wrath. It is the ultimate breaking news coverage assignment. If we do a good job, it’s expected. If we let them down in their time of need, well there are two kinds of phone calls a radio station receives on storm day.
From where I sit On The Kowch, the Boston Marathon bombing ushered in a new era of breaking news coverage on television. The Boston Globe was credited by many cable news outlets, including the BBC and CNN, for its video they aired of the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
From where I sit On the Kowch, I have too many memories of dead people I never knew. As a Montreal newspaper reporter in the late ’60s, ’70s and part of the ’80s, I wrote human interest stories about victims of crime, accidents, fires and disasters. For twenty years I knocked on doors of family and friends to talk to them about the loss of a child, sibling, spouse or parent.
From where I sit On The Kowch, when international events have an impact on your listeners, this is a story that should be dealt with on your local newscasts and in radio programming. Typhoon Haiyan, that left thousands of people dead and hundreds of thousands homeless in the Philippines, is one of those international events that merits radio’s attention in Canada.