Iowa sports reporter forced to report on snow storm goes viral for hilariously sarcastic coverage

A sports reporter in Iowa was none too pleased that he had been asked to cover the impending winter storm that’s sweeping down on the country in the run-up to Christmas.

Mark Woodley, a sports reporter for Iowa station KWWL-TV, was assigned to do a live remote hit in the early hours of Friday morning and he was not shy about voicing his opinion about the task.

“Mark, how are you feeling out there?” lead anchor Ryan Witry asked the reporter.

“Again, the same way I felt about eight minutes ago when you asked me that same question,” Woodley replied, as light snow fell on an empty road behind him.

“I normally do sports,” he said at one point. “Everything is canceled here for the next couple of days, 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.”

“I didn’t even realize that there was a 3:30 also in the morning until today,” Woodley added.

As the night wore on, his patience deteriorated along with the weather.

“It’s absolutely fantastic, Ryan,” he said in a later segment shot at a different location. “You know, I’m used to these evening shows that are only 30 minutes long and generally on those shows, I’m inside. So this is a really long show. Tune in for the next couple hours to watch me progressively get crankier and crankier.”

In yet another segment, Woodley was jonesing for another reporter’s assignment inside a weather vehicle.

“How do I get that? ‘Storm Chaser Seven’ duty,” he asked. “I feel like Clint got the better end of that deal, you know, that thing’s heated. The outdoors currently is not heated.”

Standing before a pile of snow, Woodley said, “Well, I’ll tell you what, Ryan. I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The good news is that I can still feel my face right now. The bad news is I kind of wish I couldn’t.”

“Can I go back to my regular job?” he would ask during another segment. “I’m pretty sure, Ryan, that you guys added an extra hour to this show just because somebody likes torturing me because compared to two and a half hours ago, it is just getting colder and colder.”

Having weathered the frigid night, Woodley would finally sign off as daylight staked its claim on the day, “Live in Waterloo for the last time this morning, thankfully. I’m Mark Woodley News 7 – KWWL.”

Turns out, the sports reporter ended up making lemonade out of the lemon of an assignment — or should we say ice cream out of an icy assignment? Woodley agreed to put his name on t-shirts mocking his overnight experience, with a portion of the proceeds going to an animal shelter:

He would also explain that he was just being snarky and sarcastic with his commentary…

Republished with permission from American Wire News Service


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