Shake, rattle and keep rolling, because we are live on the air, folks.
An Oklahoma City meteorologist showed grace under fire when her television studio was struck by a fairly significant earthquake in the middle of her forecast.
No sooner had Danielle Dozier said something about nightly winds than the studio started to rumble. "Oh, my gosh," Dozier said, before covering her mouth with her hand as if she'd just screamed an unholy string of four-letter words in the presence of the queen. "I'm so sorry — this is live on air," she continued.
While the earthquake (one of four that morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey) certainly had an effect on Dozier's delivery, she handled things with relative calm compared to other broadcasters who've suffered through quakes while on the air.
Consider the case of KTLA anchors Megan Henderson and Chris Schauble in Los Angeles. When a 4.4 earthquake struck during their broadcast earlier this year, the two anchors dove under their desk.
No shame in that game — safety is first — but the resulting footage of an abandoned studio desk probably won't be included in the station's Emmy reel.
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