Carnie's Comments


It's Throwback Thursday...just a minute to take a look back at the good ol' days.

It was the summer of 1989, as I recall. Management at CHAB made the move to bring modern technology into our newsroom. It was a computer. The only functional connection it had was to a weather satellite. It would show us live radar images so we could stay on top of the ever-changing weather patterns in Saskatchewan.

It came with new imaging. We would deliver "Saskatchewan's Satellite Weather" on the radio. 

We reporters were to keep a close eye on that computer screen and immediately deliver updates during thunderstorms in the summer and snowstorms in the winter.

I watched that screen for days, waiting for something to happen. Nothing ever happened. We turned it off.

And then, one day when we DID get some thunderstorms rolling in, we anxiously fired that thing up, hoping to see the weather radar in live, real time. It wasn't there. It was just the same black screen with a few green dots here and there. We turned it off - permanently.

However, on the radio, we still billed our forecasts as "Saskatchewan's Satellite Weather" like we were meteorologists!  

It sounded great and in radio, that's really all that counts.