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Local Coverage of Golden Gate 75th Is Epic Fail
The beloved San Francisco icon, the Golden Gate Bridge, was celebrated in style yesterday. The 75th anniversary of the opening of the bridge culminated in a dazzling fireworks and laser show extravaganza that began with a shimmering waterfall of fire cascading off its eastern face.
The day will also be remembered as an epic fail for local television coverage. Local news in the Bay Area is generally top notch, but not a single local television station aired the finale live, even though news crews were swarming on the ground and helicopters were in the air filming in HD.
The promised live stream on the NBC Bay Area (Channel 3) website never materialized.
“People, this is not rocket science,” groused my exasperated husband who works for Cisco Systems.
Here’s the content Bay Area stations aired instead:
KTVU, Channel 2 (Fox) a 2010 episode of Big Bang Theory
NBC Bay Area, Channel 3 America’s Got Talent
Channel 4 ET Tonight
CBS5, Channel 5 (CBS) The Good Wife
KGO, Channel 7 (ABC) Duets
EDIT: but omg - watch this awesome video produced by KFOG radio.
Below is the CBS5 video of the fireworks. Channel 7 - KGO, the ABC affil., also posted raw footage on their website, shot from their helicopter.