Sports Reporter’s Snarky Coverage of Blizzard Cracks up Viewers | “Can I Go Back to My Regular Job?”
Watching local news with a straight face is nothing new, but when it involves a cranky reporter forced to brave a snowstorm in the early hours of the morning, you might find it difficult to hold your chuckles.
The internet went rolling on a laughter parade when sports reporter Mark Woodley of NBC affiliate KWWL was assigned to cover the winter storm that engulfed North America in December 2022.
Woodley hilariously left no opportunity to remind his viewers what the conditions had led him to do. As the sports-reporter-turned-weatherman warned viewers to stay indoors during the snowstorm, he miserably pointed out that he probably shouldn't be outside either.
Woodley's report from the bitterly cold and snow-covered highway got progressively crankier as he held nothing back in expressing his dismay over the new work environment.
"I normally do sports, everything is canceled here for the next couple of days," Woodley said. "So what better time to ask the sports guy to come in about five hours earlier than he would normally wake up, go stand out in the wind and the snow and the cold, and tell other people not to do the same?" He added that up until that morning, he "didn't even realize" the channel had a 3:30 a.m. slot.
"I'm used to these evening shows that are only 30 minutes long, and generally on those shows I am inside," he said in another segment. "This is a really long show, so tune in for the next couple hours to watch me progressively get crankier and crankier."
At one point, Woodley announced that he had some good news and some bad news. "The good news is that I can still feel my face right now," he said. "The bad news is, I kind of wish I couldn't."
This is what you get when you ask the sports guy to come in to cover a blizzard in the morning show. pic.twitter.com/h0RL9tVQqg— Mark Woodley (@MarkWoodleyTV) December 22, 2022
In the concluding seconds of his now-viral reporting that day, he made a humorous request: "Can I go back to my regular job? I'm pretty sure you guys added an extra hour to the show just because somebody likes torturing me because compared to two and a half hours ago, it is just getting colder and colder."
Woodley told CNN that he'd only found out he'd be covering the early morning segment the night before. As a result, he only got about three hours of sleep before being sent out into the freezing storm. "Some of those things I probably wouldn't have said if I slept for eight hours," he joked. "We cover these things every year, it’s all the same, and I think sometimes viewers tune it out, and I thought maybe if I bring a little attitude to it, viewers would pay attention."
Addressing his sudden shot to fame, he told TODAY: "Of all the things that I thought I'd be known for in my life, crotchety old weather reporter was not on the list." Woodley's tweet including the compilation of his cranky comments went viral with 32.3 million views and 225.9k likes. "This is what you get when you ask the sports guy to come in to cover a blizzard in the morning show," he wrote. Thankfully, the cyclone is over now and we hope he is back to covering sports somewhere warm.