Here’s some behind the scenes information about the CBS3 hurricane coverage courtesy of CBS3:
CBS 3 has been on the air continuously more than any other Philadelphia television station — we will be on until 6 p.m. today before clearing the CBS Evening News which would clock in at 37 hours of continuous local coverage. CBS 3’s Eyewitness News team went on the air at 5 a.m. Saturday with Morning Anchors Ukee Washington and Erika von Tiehl kicking off the marathon newscast. Anchors Chris May and Susan Barnett relieved the a.m. team at 2 p.m. staying on the air until early Sunday morning. The teams have been rotating since that time. The entire Eyewitness News weather team of Kathy Orr, Kate Bilo, Justin Drabick and Carol Erickson were on duty all weekend along with Traffic Reporter Bob Kelly as well Even new CBS 3 Morning Meteorologist Katie Fehlinger who doesn’t officially start on-air at the station until September 5, got an early introduction to Philadelphia audiences when she filed a report from WCBS in New York for CBS 3.on Saturday and Sunday.
CBS Network programming on Saturday was broadcast on sister station WPSG-TV (The CW Philly). The CW Philly also simulcast some of CBS 3’s live news coverage as did sister CBS Radio stations WPHT which aired CBS 3 audio overnight Saturday and 94 WYSP which aired it 6-10 a.m. Sunday as a public service.
Many of the CBS 3 new staffers passed on nearby hotel accommodations to stay at the station all night including the station management team, including VP/News Director Susan Schiller, President/General Manager Jon Hitchcock and Chief Meteorologist Kathy Orr who stayed at the station around the clock.
The station’s locally-based closed captioning service, Philadelphia Captioning, stayed with the station 24/7 as well with two court reporters captioning the newscast rotating in two hour shifts.