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Day 16. The Wet One.

Hurricane Gustav came on land today. It was the "hot news story" since it was aiming at Nola...having lived through a lot of hurricanes, I like to watch a lot of Weather Channel, its good coverage, without all the sensationalism. Jim Cantore is my favorite :). But Jim gets lots of attention and the person who captured my attention today was his producer.

If you've ever been on a "remote" or seen one, you know there's usually an anchor - all spiffy - and then another person hauling  a whole bunch of stuff: cameras, cables, headsets, mics, you name it they have it. The same holds true for hurricane coverage but more...you've got the "brave meteorologist" out in the storm shouting out coverage but, on the other side of that lens is someone who's not only holding the camera, but managing the technical aspects of the satellite transmission, communication with the studio, getting the set up out of harms way, and oh, by the way getting beaten to and fro by a HURRICANE.  

Imagine if this is your job: Hey, go down to a very uncertain area due to weather and risk your life doing something that will get no recognition to the public and in fact, the only thing that will be highlighted will be your mistakes - when the transmission goes down, when we lose audio, when photos are choppy. And, we are sending you in to a hurricane, or at the very least a tropical storm. 

The "producer" of any remote shot is so often the unsung hero, but when I watched today's coverage and felt like I was getting a real sense of what it was like as the eye wall of Gustav passed through Louisiana, I realized it was truly the producer that I needed to thank. And we don't even know his/her name...

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