While we hope that all group members on the east coast stay safe this weekend as Hurricane Irene churns its way north, I'm curious if any of you know how AT&T pulled this off at the last minute...and just how last minute "the last minute" was.
Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather, as many of you know, had the nickname Hurricane Dan, because he always did live originations from the hurricane zones, often times with staff members holding him by the feet (off camera) so he wouldn't blow away. Earlier this decade, Rather paid an extremely rare, on-air tribute to the people at AT&T for getting his broadcast out of Florida at the last minute. As I recall, the hurricane shifted course, and headed directly for where Rather planned to originate, CBS engineers figured their satellite truck might have its antenna blown off and looked for another alternative. As broadcast time approached, they asked AT&T for emergency help, and you AT&T guys came through. How did they do it with virtually no notice? Did they ask Rather to originate near a fiber hut, poke some coax out of it over to the CBS remote truck, and turn up some dark fiber and route it to NYC? I figure somebody here knows.
CE Stu from Illinois