Pressed into duty to cover the blizzard, a sports reporter and anchor Mark Woodley made no secret of how he felt about the assignment: “Tune in for the next couple hours to watch me progressively get crankier and crankier.”
And that’s probably not even the best line in the collection of outtakes Woodley tweeted, as he complained on air about being told to “go stand in the snow and the cold and tell other people not to do the same.”
“The good news is that I can still feel my face right now,” he quipped at one point in his now-viral rant. “The bad news is that I kind of wish I couldn’t.”
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Woodley is a sports anchor for KWWL in Waterloo, part of Cedar Falls metropolitan area, just over 100 miles east of Des Moines.
On Thursday, the temperature in Waterloo registered well below freezing – dropping to minus 10 degrees.
Woodley’s quips went viral after his live coverage of the blizzard-like conditions in Waterloo, Iowa, got more than 1.51 million views on Twitter due to his candid remarks about being out in the negative-degree weather Thursday.
“Could I go back to my regular job? I’m pretty sure, Ryan, that you guys added an extra hour to this show just because somebody likes torturing me.”
“Mark, how you feeling out there,” an anchor back in what appears to be a warm studio asks Woodley in one clip.
He quickly responds: “Again, uh the same way I felt about eight minutes ago when you asked me that same question….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 in the cold and to tell other people not do the same…. It’s absolutely fantastic.”
His acerbic comments drew a host of VIP admirers on Twitter.
They asked the sports guy to pitch in and help cover the blizzard.
90-quality seconds from Mark Woodley.
“I didn’t realize that there was a 3:30 also in the morning — until today.” https://t.co/Q93mPOpwYP
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) December 22, 2022
Contributing: Des Moines Register
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