Reporter Complains On Air How Miserable He Is Covering Weather In Freezing Early Morning Hours
A local sports reporter from Iowa who was demoted to weather coverage of a frigid storm made sure viewers at home knew how dissatisfied he was with his new position. The reporter complains on air how miserable he is covering weather.
Mark Woodley, a sports anchor and reporter at KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa, grimaced on air as he dealt with subzero temperatures and a blizzard while on air. The reporter complains on air how miserable he is covering weather and says:
I usually do sports; everything here is canceled for the next couple days, so what better time to ask the sports guy to come in about five hours earlier than he would normally wake up, go stand out in the wind and the snow and the cold and tell other people not to do the same.- Mark Woodley
According to a compilation of Woodley's snarky coverage from the station's morning broadcast that went viral, "This is what you get when you ask the sports guy to come in to cover a blizzard in the morning show."
According to Woodley, the reel of one-liners was composed from around 14 different live pictures he took during the morning program.
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The evening newsshows, which are only 30 minutes long and "usually inside," are what Woodley claimed he was used to working. As the hours-long morning show went on, he seemed to become angrier, much to his colleague's apparent amusement.
This is a really long show. Tune in for the next couple hours to watch me progressively get crankier and crankier.- Mark Woodley
Woodley revealed that he had a chance to warm up in between takes because he was reporting outside just 30 feet from KWWL's main station.
But the few minutes he spent outside were enough to make him irritable because the wind chill made it feel like negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
The weekday morning broadcast on KWWL begins at 4:30, and Woodley claimed to have been outside and inside the station until 8 a.m. local time. "I didn't even realize there was a 3:30 also in the morning - until today,"Woodley joked on television.
Woodley said he wanted people to know that jokes notwithstanding, he took his work seriously.
He told, "It's a pretty serious storm. We take it very seriously. I want people to know it's not a complete joke to me. I kind of felt if I brought a little personality to it, people would pay attention."
When a local sports reporter was switched to covering the weather, the reporter complains on air how miserable he is covering weather. He said so on TV.
At KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa, Mark Woodley covers sports as both an anchor and a reporter. In the live weather report, Woodley is shown to be unhappy because it is below freezing and he has to wear his bulky winter clothes.