bloopers News reporting television video

The perils of *LIVE* TV “caught on tape”

I’ve worked in TV long enough to see a fair share of things go wrong, including a homeless woman stripping in the distance before running up behind a reporter interviewing an FBI Special Agent-in-Charge.

Yes, all of it “live.”

Another bit of bad luck happened to a reporter as I anchored an evening newscast in Albuquerque. She appeared lively and enthusiastic at the beginning of her live shot. But when she reappeared at the end of her report, she was soaked and dripping with determination to get through an uncomfortable moment. Turns out she was standing next to a sprinkler.

I am also thankful for the moments that were not live. A late 1990s meth bust in the East Mountains outside of Albuquerque comes to mind. For at that secluded scene within the pinon and juniper, a dog raced towards me and fervently established an undeniable connection with my leg. This was a very friendly canine.

It was so bad, I had to seek refuge in the live truck. Yet another good reason for responsible pet ownership: Get them spayed and–in this case–NEUTERED.

At least it wasn’t “live.”

The reporters that appear in a montage (below) posted on YouTube just yesterday weren’t so lucky.

They now know, first hand, the potential perils of TV news reporting (much of what you’ll see was live).

Some of these broadcast journalists, no doubt, would have gladly accepted an encounter with a “friendly” dog or a sprinkler surprise in exchange for the fates that unfolded here…

Hossencofft Linda Henning mug shots News Oxygen Snapped television true crime video webisode

Programming Note: Henning subject of “Snapped” episode


-Oxygen channel to repeat Snapped’s Linda Henning episode on July 6, 2008 (details)

video: SnappedWebisode” of Linda Henning case (runs 9:43)

-video: Police interrogating Linda Henning (runs 4:49)

-video:  Exclusive footage of Diazien Hossencofft working his “charm” on Caribbean cruise

Convicted killer Linda Henning is the subject of the Oxygen Network program Snapped scheduled to air Sunday, April 13, 2008. Henning is serving time for the 1999 murder and kidnapping of Girly Chew Hossencofft. Hossencofft’s estranged husband was also convicted in the case. Some of you may know that I wrote a book about this case. The title is September Sacrifice (Kensington Publishing Corp., December 2004). I was one of several people interviewed for the upcoming Snapped episode concerning Henning. The Hossencofft / Henning case will also be featured in a repeat of the truTV (formerly Court TV) program, The Investigators. The episode is titled “Alien Conspiracy.” I was also interviewed for this program. Excerpts can be seen here. This was the first episode of The Investigators and the producers really did an outstanding job of explaining a complex story. The final result was quite compelling. However, if you want to catch the repeat of “Alien Conspiracy,” you’ll probably want to set your DVR as it’s on at 4am Tuesday (April 8th) in much of the country. You can check the truTV program schedule for this episode here. And if you’re wondering about how on earth “aliens” work their way into this story, you might enjoy this courtroom exchange between Henning and yours truly:

[youtube_sc url=””]

Anyone wanting to learn even more about this case can do so at