Radio is seemingly at its best when we’re “real” and drop any pretense of trying to be cool and funny. The great stations, the truly legendary stations are the ones that will drop everything when some big, important and impactful occurs in their community.
So, when the whole world is watching your market because of an unfolding news story, what will you do? Newcap in Moncton had that dilemma when a mad man on a shooting rampage held the city hostage for a day. This week’s blog is guest post written by Adam McLaren from Newcap.
When The World Is Watching
We knew we had a great team of people working for our radio stations, and everyone proved it as our city went through a tough & scary crisis. It was a beautiful late summer evening in Moncton, and the station was empty. Reports on Facebook started to surface about an RCMP officer being shot in the North end, quickly followed by reports of two additional shootings. This was serious. Just as I learned about the stories, I received a call from news director Mike who confirmed this was true. Mike was heading into the station to do live updates, and I was following in to op the reports. By the time we arrived at the station, the RCMP had officially stated that a manhunt was under way, and Mike had sent Cathy from the news room to the scene to do reports from the center of the action. Read more…