GULF SHORES, AL (WSFA) - The Raycom News Network of sister stations in Alabama pooled resources Wednesday evening to present a live, one hour report originating from Alabama's coast.
Reporters from WSFA 12 News in Montgomery, WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham, WAFF 48 News in Huntsville and WTVM Newsleader 9 in Columbus, Georgia gathered on the beaches of Gulf Shores for the report. Numerous other Raycom stations along the Southeastern Gulf Coast carried the report as well.
The report, broken into seven parts, focused on the massive oil spill and its effects on Alabama. Governor Bob Riley, State Tourism Director Lee Sentell, Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft and BP Deputy Incident Commander Kris Sliger each made appearances during the report to give their expert opinions of the crisis.
Each station's website also held a live forum where viewers asked questions of experts Dr. George Crozier, Executive Director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab; and Bruce Stallsmith, UAH professor in aquatic biology and fisheries biology. Review the forum HERE.
Governor Bob Riley said the state of Alabama would not be in the situation it is currently in if boom that was promised to the state was delivered. "A lot of hard decisions had to be made, and they had to be made early on," Riley said, "but the thing that concerned me the most was that people from outside the state were making the decision on what was best for the state of Alabama."