A candid look at WDTN: Weather Department

February 16th, 2011 at 3:23 pm by under News, Technology News, Uncategorized, Weather

Hey it’s Kris Sproles again (the Chief Videographer) and I have been busy, but  I am still gathering black and white photos of our staff without them knowing it.

I was able to catch all three WDTN meteorologist in action this week.

Tara Hastings: Meteorologist/Reporter

It looks like Tara is talking to one of the weather checkers.

Jamie Jarosik: Weather Department

I caught Jamie doing the weather report at noon. She is Standing in front of the green wall.

Brian Davis: Chief Meteorologist

Brian is talking with the producers about what the weather will be for the evening. They take this stuff seriously.

Here are some of my other posts in case you missed them:

A candid look at WDTN: Reporters

A candid look at WDTN: Sports Department

A candid look at WDTN: Interactive Department

A candid look at WDTN: Reporters

January 24th, 2011 at 11:08 am by under News, Technology News

Chief Videographer Kris Sproles is at it again taking candid photos of the employees at WDTN.  This week Kris is showcasing the reporters in their work environment.

Sonu Wasu: Reporter

Sonu is in the audio booth recording her voice track for her news story.  Her last day is

Wednesday January 26th.

Jim Bucher: Bucher’s Beat Reporter

Jim is in the edit area looking for some old file footage.  He’s probably looking for video

he shot back in 1983!

Megan O’Rourke: News Reporter

Megan is getting ready for her newsroom live shot.

Holly Samuels: Reporter/Weekend Anchor

Holly is at her desk setting up her news story.

Anthony Kiekow: Reporter

Anthony is writing his story in the newsroom.

Jordan Burgess: Reporter

Jordan is making his daily beat calls. I love the old 2 news mic flags near his desk.

So who do you want to see next? let me know.

It’s a BRIGHT Day!

January 21st, 2011 at 12:39 pm by under News, Uncategorized, Weather

A fresh blanket of snow and lots of sunshine means a bright day!  Snow has a high albedo meaning it’s a reflective surface.  Most of the light that hits snow is quickly reflected.  The opposite happens when in the summer on blacktop.  Blacktop has a low albedo so a lot of the suns light is absorbed by this surface which is why you don’t want to walk with bare feet because you’re feet will get HOT!

So when you’re heading out today don’t forget your sunglasses because of the snow’s “high albedo” :)

This photo was taken off our page

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A candid look at WDTN: Sports Department

January 14th, 2011 at 11:00 am by under News, Sports, Technology News

Hi my name is Kris Sproles.  I’m the Chief Videographer at WDTN.  I love black and white photos and I thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peek inside the newsroom and around the station.

I’ll take pictures of the entire staff without them knowing it.  I hope it works!

Jack Pohl: Sports Director

Jack finished his sportscast and is heading back to his desk.  It looks like he had a great show!

Neil “Hutch” Konerman: Sports Anchor, Reporter

Neil is working hard in the sports office.

In case you missed the previous post with the Interactive Department

A candid look at WDTN: Interactive department

January 13th, 2011 at 12:19 pm by under News, Technology News

Hi my name is Kris Sproles.  I’m the Chief Videographer at WDTN.  I love black and white photos and I thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peek inside the newsroom and around the station.

I’ll take pictures of the entire staff without them knowing it.  I hope it works!

Dave Robinson: Executive Producer, Digital Media

It looks like Dave is posting a story on

Brad Livesay: Digital Manager

Brad is checking the app on his iPad (or playing Angry Birds)

Jill Drury: Web, Promotions Producer

Jill is hard at work writing web stories. ( Don’t worry she’s getting a new monitor soon.)

I will post some new pictures soon! site issues

January 11th, 2011 at 3:49 pm by under News

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

December 23rd, 2010 at 11:28 am by under News, Weather

For the last several weeks I’ve been heading to area Kroger stores to promote WDTN’s Food For Friends campaign.  This week’s live shot was probably my favorite.  It was the last one before the promotion ends on Friday so I decided to have a little fun and go out with a bang.  I was at the Kroger Marketplace in Beavercreek.  This new store is fantastic and so are its employees.  As I walked in the door a 17 year-old violinist was playing in the foyer volunteering for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.  Right away I got into the holiday spirit.

I was introduced to Dan Walker the manager there at Kroger.  He was full of smiles and helped bring the red food barrel inside the store.  We got it TV ready and started discussing what we would talk about on camera.  I could tell right away he had a great personality and that the segment would be great.  One of his employees jokingly said “hey have him sing.”  I found out he sang the National Anthem for the grand opening of the store.  The wheels in my brain starting rolling and I came up with the idea of singing a duet with him.  We picked Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.  We still had a little time and he had to run a quick errand.  In the meantime I realized I didn’t know the exact words other than the first line of the song!  When Dan walked back he had a print out of the lyrics.  I was so relieved!  I then remembered there was a violinist in the foyer – so I ran out and asked if she would help us out.  She smiled, said yes and came over to where we were.

After one or two quick rehearsals it was TV time.  Dan and I grabbed a couple of red Santa hats and after a couple of quick questions it was showtime!  I thank Dan Walker so much for going along with me and singing on live TV.  He was a great sport and I found out a great manager at Kroger.

Here’s a link -

Enjoy and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Tara Hastings

Leave your condolences for Carl Day

November 17th, 2010 at 5:27 pm by under News

Former 2 News anchor Carl Day has passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. In 1997, Carl was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which he battled for the past 13 years.

Now you can upload your Pictures and Video

August 17th, 2010 at 4:58 pm by under News, Weather

Here is your chance 2 participate. Just visit to submit your pics and vids!

Thanks, and look forward to your stuff…..

What do you like most about the Dayton Airshow?

July 13th, 2010 at 3:27 pm by under News

We want to know what you like most about the Dayton Airshow?

Where to go for the 4th of July Fireworks? Chime-in with your votes.

July 2nd, 2010 at 10:08 am by under News, Weather

The fireworks debate: Where in the Miami Valley is the best place for fireworks? Let us know.

Here is a Photo Gallery of Fireworks around the world.

Places to go in the Miami Valley.

Tree blasted by lightning in Germantown

May 12th, 2010 at 3:36 pm by under News, Weather

Tree blasted by lightning in Germantown.

A Germantown family arrived home Wednesday afternoon to find a tree in their yard had literally blown to pieces from a lightning strike.

Story here:

Frost Advisory in Effect

May 9th, 2010 at 7:54 pm by under News, Uncategorized, Weather

Get ready for another cold night!  90% of the time by May 9th we have seen our last frost.  However it looks like we are going to make it into that rare 10% category tonight as temperatures once again drop down close to the freezing mark.

While the forecast low temperatures are only for the mid 30s in most areas.  You have to remember that the temperature sensors are put about 6 feet off the ground.  With clear skies the dry air, temperatures will drop quickly.  Even the wind will be on the light side letting the coldest air stratify close to ground level.  Despite the official 35 degree reading, temperatures can be closer to 30 at the surface.  Low lying valleys can also act as a location where that chilly air can pool.

The good news is that  high pressure will move off to our east tomorrow turning winds southerly.  Clouds will also move in and help temper overnight lows with all locations well above freezing Tuesday morning.

Do you have a recalled Toyota?

February 3rd, 2010 at 2:00 pm by under News

Winter storm brewing???

November 29th, 2009 at 11:00 pm by under News, Weather

This is the time of year when winter storms seem to show up every week on some of the extended model runs that we use.  However it seems that for every three storms that pop up only one verifies.  This is our latest interest.


Here is one slide from the Sunday 18z run… painting a new storm across the east.  This storm system originates across the Gulf Coast (typical with the stronger southern branch of the jet do to the influence of El Nino)  and moves up the back bone of the Appalachian Mountains.

This scenario is one of the most common ways for the Miami Valley to see a “big snow” event.  This early in the season it can happen but we need many things to come together… and perfectly.  First the track has to remain virtually identical to this model run, and for anyone who follows weather, a model typically has the idea of storm correct but the placement is normally off.  Second, when forecasting the 540 line is a general guide for all snow.  That line splits the Miami Valley right down the middle.  On top of that southern systems (since they move up from the south) bring warm air up with them, sometimes making a change over to rain take longer then possible.  If EVERYTHING came together perfectly we


could see significant snows here in the Miami Valley.  While that is a possibility, it is slim.  Right now probably around ten percent or so.  A much more likely scenario is rain, then as the storm system pulls away a few light snow showers with windy and cold conditions.

This map to the left may look a little complicated but it’s an  overlay of the GFS and the ECMWF (a more reliable long term model in this forecasters mind).  With this consensus- windy, cold, with light snow is almost a given.  The only question is whether or not everything will come together to make this more of a snow, then a wind and cold event.

-Erik Zarnitz

Old picture found at Dayton BMV

October 13th, 2009 at 6:53 pm by under News, Turn to 2, Uncategorized

Rarely do I blog, but when I covered this story today I felt I had to write something.  If you can help this woman find the rightful owner of the picture, that would be great!  Here is the link below.

The Miami Valleys 1st Live Health Care Reform Webcast

September 25th, 2009 at 4:28 pm by under News, Technology News

Tropical Storm Claudette… will it affect us?

August 16th, 2009 at 9:23 pm by under News, Weather

Tropical storm Claudette is about to make landfall in Florida and as of 9pm on Sunday night its top winds are 45 knots or about 50 mph. 


While winds and storm surge from the ocean aren’t typically large problems with a system of this magnitude, flooding rain is.  The circulation brings in deep tropical moisture and if it is a slow enough mover can cause extreme flooding.


Right now the path for this system takes it into the Tennessee Valley.  Even though the system will be much weaker then it is currently, with the amount of humidity around and temperatures generally in the 80′s the lingering left over circulation will be a bulls eye for heavy rain.  While the path from the National Hurricane Center stops at Tuesday 1Am we can extrapolate a little further.


Usually a system of this size will follow the 500mb flow.  As you can see from the wind barbs this system has some forcing to the west pushing the low north and east.  Right now I would put Kentucky and West Virgina as the main track for the remnants of Claudette but we can’t be ruled out of the equation.

Things can change however… with no real strong current in place right now this system may decide to twist and turn a little more along the Gulf before moving northwards.  So continue to watch the forecast!  We’ll have to continue to monitor this situation.

Do you know all the ways to get your news from WDTN?

June 23rd, 2009 at 9:32 am by under Business, News

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March 14th, 2009 at 9:31 pm by under News

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