DeBlog: What Happens When I Forget To Write A Story

By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV

The past two days I’ve filled in for Mike Binkley on the morning news. The show has 2 1/2 hours of news, and hundreds of scripts. What happens when I forget to write one of them?

The anchors write the headline teases that you see at 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 a.m. Two overnight producers write the rest of the newscast. It forces the anchors to get familiar with the stories – so we know what’s going on.

Angela and Mike usually get to work around 3:30 a.m., so there’s not much time to get ready for the show.

This morning, I forgot to write a headline for the 5:30 open. When the script came up in the prompter, there was nothing there.

Here’s what the script looked like in my pile:

jason derusha script DeBlog: What Happens When I Forget To Write A Story

The script that left Jason DeRusha momentarily speechless. (credit: CBS)

And here’s what it looked like on air, as I was looking at the video on the monitor, trying to guess whether I was teasing the story on cutting out coffee purchases or the story on Starbuck’s 40th birthday:

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  • Jacqueline Hanson

    Nice recovery!.

    I also like the way your tie and Angela’s top are color coordinated.

  • Jason DeRusha

    Angela picked out the tie yeseterday from my drawer o’ ties.

  • lshilger

    Pretty Funny !! DEAD AIR = job loss. You rolled with it well. You are a good sport!
    I enjoyed your piece about the safety of Mexico last evening. I am spending the winter here in Mazatlan. I’ve met with the mayor and the Governor of SInaloa. The US Consulate from Hermosillo & our American “go to people” if a problem of any kind arises, with an American The “suits” are working mightily to make things as safe as possible. Sometimes that means a Mexican Army Guard holding an automatic weapon at each cash register when I went to check out.

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