Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Car Flips Off I-40, Lands In Water

MFD Lt. Wayne Cooke speaks about crash on I-40 near Covington Pike

We heard on the scanner that a bad crash occurred along I-40.  My photographer and I were sent to check it out.  I could tell it wasn't just another accident as soon as we pulled up.  One side of the interstate was blocked.  I found out a car struck a guardrail and then flipped over into a swampy area below.  Several boats were among the equipment brought to the scene by MFD.  I did a couple of hits in the 10:00 newscast.. Including the one attached.  We were rejoined during a briefing by the MFD's spokesperson.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Preacher Shot While Mowing Lawn

Police search for suspects accused of shooting minister, teen

This story was the result of teamwork.  Initially, a photographer was sent to check out a possible shooting.  Turns out, a preacher was grazed by a bullet while mowing his lawn.  Bullets also flew into a home next door.  A young man later showed up at the hospital with a head wound.  He had been shot in the same area.  Police worked to connect the dots while another reporter did a live shot for the 5:00 news.  I was then sent to do a 6:00 live shot.  Police confirmed that everyone except the young man was collateral damage just before the 10:00 news.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Former WDIA Manager Recalls Hiring B.B. King

Former WDIA manager recalls hiring B.B. King

I could have talked with this lady for hours.  She was the program director at WDIA radio in Memphis when BB King was hired by the station back in 1949.  It became his big break.  At the time, WDIA was the first and only radio station with an all-black format.  Christine Spindel is now 90 years old.. Yet sharp as a tack.  She even remembered that it was raining the day King came in for an interview.  She heard from him in the months before his death at age 89.  I could tell King still has a place in her heart.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Teens Assault Bike Riders, Steal Bikes

Teens assault bike riders, steal bikes

This is a story we find out about by listening to the Memphis Police dispatch scanner.  It's an integral part of the assignment desk's job.  We sent a photographer to check it out.  Turns out, a U of M student and his girlfriend were robbed of their bikes.  The woman was also thrown to the ground.  They were both shaken by the experience.  They told police three teens were responsible.  I borrowed my producer's bike for the live shot.. And I'm glad I didn't fall or something.

Monday, May 11, 2015

FedEx Delivers Supplies To Nepal

FedEx delivers supplies to earthquake-ravaged Nepal

FedEx is the economic engine of Memphis.  So, when there is a FedEx-related story, we usually jump on it.  This happened to be a positive story about how the company was giving back.  It offered up two big jets to transport much needed supplies to earthquake-ravaged Nepal.  The communications staff was more than helpful.  They provided the right interviewees and the opportunity to get plenty of b-roll of the planes being loaded.  My photographer, Mark Deal, also did an excellence editing job.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Neighbors Rescue Elderly Woman From Burning House

Neighbors help save elderly woman from house fire

My photographer and I drove all the way to Lakeland (Memphis suburb) for a story we hoped to turn for 10:00.  But the woman we aimed to interview wasn't home.  Fortunately, another photographer had been dispatched to a house fire around the same time.  He got great interviews from neighbors.. Including those who helped save an elderly woman from the burning house.  And Chopper 5 got great video of the house going up in flames.  So, I put these elements together for a story.  We went live from the neighborhood.. Where firefighters and others remained at 10:00.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Family Fears Body Found Is Missing Loved One

Family hopes for answers after body found in Parkway Village

We got sent to the scene where a body was found as we began shooting an unrelated story.  We made it in time for a 6:00 live shot.  Dozens of people started gathering there as well.  Most were related to a man reported missing days before in the same area.  Many couldn't help but think that the body was, indeed, Harold Kimbrough.  These situations are tough for reporters because you don't want to seem disrespectful.  Fortunately, the family was more than willing to share information and conduct interviews.  This is my 10:00 story on how they were waiting for official confirmation.