Daily Archives: September 21, 2008

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Chris Shaw, WAGA

Chris Shaw, WAGA

Friday’s coverage of gasoline supplies and prices yielded some unexpected contradictions.  What was the story?  Depended on which station you watched.

WAGA’s Chris Shaw told viewers at 10 that gasoline stations “sprinkled all across the Atlanta metro area”  were suddenly experiencing shortages.  In a Q & A with anchor Russ Spencer, Shaw told viewers the supply problems would probably last up to another three weeks.  WAGA’s gas station video was nearly 100% hand-held; it appears WAGA photogs are fed up with shooting this stuff.

Shaw gave the urbane South Florida pronunciation to the street Atlantans call Ponce de LEE-on.  If Shaw can start a trend, we’re for it.  Ponce Day-lay-ohn just sounds right, even though it isn’t.

WGCL’s Jennifer Mayerle told viewers much the same thing at 11.  AAA  was the main source for reports on both TV stations.  Mayerle urged viewers not to panic and top off their tanks, which would only exacerbate the problem.

WSB’s Rachel Kim had a much mellower take at 6.  The thrust of her coverage was prices, and the fact that they’d begun to drop below $4.00 per gallon.  Kim told viewers that AAA expected supplies of fuel in metro Atlanta to return to normal by the middle of this week– sharply contrasting with the prediction by WAGA’s Shaw.  By Sunday WSB had changed its tune, once again trumpeting short supplies of gasoline and empty tanks at stations.