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.
"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.
"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!"