Monday, January 9, 2012

The joy of January 8

One year ago on January 8 a terrible incident happened in Tucson.  The shooting in front of the Safeway at Ina Road and Oracle Road that left six dead and many injured including Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

The incident happened on January 8, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.  I was asleep.

I was Program Director of Mega 106.3 at the time and Dino, who usually worked Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. was in the studio when it occured, starting getting calls from station listeners asking what was going on.  He did an excellent job of getting information out about the incident.

It was one of the darkest days in Tucson's history.

I think most viewers of television, or listeners or radio, don't know the amount of work that is involved to generate programming that centers around unusual events.  It involves a lot of planning and coordination.

Now that I work in TV news I realize how stressful covering this sort of thing can be.

I'm sad for the victims... but glad its over.