POTW: Covering Hurricane Sandy (2012)

November 2, 2012 by

NEW YORK CITY -- When Hurricane Sandy arrived in New York City earlier this week, one team from Central New York was there to cover it live.  Using some relatively new ENG technology, CNY Central meteorologist Matt Stevens and photographer Lewis Karpel were able to send live images to Syracuse without a big truck or having to book any satellite time.

In this photo taken and posted to Twitter by Stevens, you can see Karpel operating a video camera connected to a "Dejero LIVE+ 20/20 Transmitter."  According to the Dejero website, the  12-pound box, about the size of a small cooler, can transmit live television through any of several commonly-available wireless platforms ranging from WiFi and CDMA to 3G, 4G, LTE and Wi-Max.

On Monday, Karpel posted this photo, showing a row of news crews doing live shots from one of the walkways along the water in lower Manhattan.  Karpel tweeted that most of the crews were getting ready to pack up and leave but he and Stevens would be staying to offer a live shot to CBS affiliate KGBT in Texas, owned by Barrington Broadcasting, the same company which owns Syracuse's NBC 3 (WSTM).

Karpel also took this photo, on Tuesday, of Stevens standing-by for a live shot near the corner of 36th Street and 5th Avenue.

Got Pictures?

Thanks to Lewis Karpel for responding when we put an open call out on Twitter and Facebook for "behind the scenes" photos from local stations covering the storm.  And that brings us to our usual wrap-up reminder: we're always looking for more!  Whether you've got a shot of something recent from your local TV or radio station, or a notable "blast from the past," send those photos to  There's a new Picture of the Week every Friday at 7:00am.


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