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Reporter loses contact on air

Posted September 25, 2013

WRAL reporter Tara Lynn has had her share of awkward moments on live TV. Recently, she has dealt with hiccups and a gnat flying in her eye. Today, she added something new to the list – losing a contact on the air.

Standing outside the Raleigh Police Department, she felt her eye getting dry right before her 6 a.m. live shot.

"I blinked a few times, but that ended up moving my contact under my eye lid," she said. "It usually takes a while for me to get my contact out when this happens, so when I felt my contact slide ... I knew I was in trouble."

As her story ran on TV, she used the quick, 40-second break to try to maneuver her contact back in place, but it wasn't working.

Tara Lynn loses a contact Tara Lynn loses contact during live shot

"Of course, it came out right as I returned on camera. I just grabbed it and kept on talking, hoping I wasn't going cross-eyed," she said. "I thought about saying something on air to explain what just happened but decided to just let it go, especially since my story was not light hearted."

Last November, WRAL reporter Amanda Lamb dealt with her own strange situation on live television. She was standing outside the federal courthouse in downtown Raleigh when a sharp acorn fell on her head. She grabbed her head, not knowing what had hit her, and kept talking.  

Acorn hits Amanda Lamb in the head Acorn hits Amanda Lamb in the head

"Raleigh is famous for its acorn drop on New Year’s Eve. I just never thought I would be the recipient of an acorn drop on live television!" Amanda said at the time. "I’m just glad that I was able to hold my tongue and not say something I would regret later!"


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  • busyb97 Sep 27, 2013

    This is a blog post...inside info, show they are human sort of thing. Not NEWS. Geewhiz, give them a break.

    Sometimes good news or silly news or something is refreshing over reading all of the bad news and doom-n-gloom news.

  • raleighboy524 Sep 27, 2013

    Hey, I just spilled my Dr Pepper. Send a camera crew!!

  • raleighboy524 Sep 27, 2013

    who cares?

  • Inside The Beltline Sep 26, 2013

    Now if she had explosive diarrhea while on air, that would be story worth mentioning.

  • Inside The Beltline Sep 26, 2013

    I clicked on this for this. Ugh.

  • br549znc Sep 26, 2013

    What a SLOW news day.

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