Live television news can be a very funny business, but most of the laughs result from blunders. I've been at this game a long time, and a lot of things have gone wrong. If you're prepared for anything, you'll never be caught with that "deer in the headlights" look which is fatal to most careers in TV.
How one reacts to on-air flubs can make all the difference in how the audience feels. I learned a long time ago that most of the time, when you're not covering some tragedy, the best way to handle a mistake is to laugh about it.
Laughing serves two purposes for me. It disperses some of my own anxiety, and, more importantly, it puts the audience at ease. Laugh, and the audience laughs with you. Cry, and you look like an idiot.
Here is a very funny way a Los Angeles weatherman reacted after making an embarrassing flub this week. KTLA's Henry DiCarlo was reading on air some birthday wishes viewers sent in, including one for Hugh Janus.
Say that out loud.