Greg Dutra, a meteorologist at WLS-TV (ABC7) in Chicago, provided the morning’s forecast on Thursday when he received a surprising lesson in equipping television studios for the techie.
As technology is ever-changing, it can come upon us at some rather strange times. Even on live TV, it seems.
Good-naturedly, he turned an awkward little tech-gaffe moment into an amusing little TV stint.
As on any other working day, Dutra was in the process of forecasting the weather when suddenly he touched the digital screen behind him that displayed the weather map – and it moved.
It was a rather random moment for the 15-year-old weather veteran.
“Oh I moved the map…I didn’t know I could do that!” said Dutra while on the air live.
“It’s a great day!” he added while fiddling with the map’s features, zooming in and out.
His colleague, news anchor Terrell Brown, was also on set and was so excited he had to test it too. “I have to try!” he said.
“It wasn’t in the training manual,” joked Dutra said later on Twitter about the incident, “when I discovered that the TV is a touchscreen during the broadcast.”
Many viewers found it hilarious and couldn’t get enough of it. Dutra and WLS shared the fun segment on social media, and many viewers quickly joined in.
“Too weird!” “Greg, this is hysterical,” “Hilarious!” Some people commented after the TV station posted the show on Facebook.
“That was priceless this morning,” Sandi Oswald noted on Facebook.
“A big kid with a new toy. He and Terrell are gonna fight about it now lol,” commented another.
Dutra’s humorous clip even garnered national attention when it won ABC’s Play of the Day Good morning America.
Some viewers were just happy to know that they aren’t alone trying to navigate new technologies. “You made some seniors really happy today! They weren’t the only ones who didn’t understand the new technology,” commented Barbara Devereux.