MORNING SHOW PROCEEDS DESPITE COFFEE SHORTAGE
HOURS OF DECAFFEINATED NEWS
Today's TMJ4's Live at Daybreak broadcast went on the air as scheduled today, despite there being no coffee available .
"I was shocked when I began my daily routine and couldn't get a giant cup of coffee," reported Daybreak anchor Vince Vitrano.
Vitrano arrived at work approximately 3:30 AM to find the dual coffee makers (pictured left) poised and ready to brew. "At first I was like, who's the jerk who didn't make a fresh pot," a now heavily caffeinated Vitrano said in an interview following the crisis. "Then I realized, we were out of coffee."
The pre-measured bags of coffee are stored underneath the pots. When Vitrano arrived, only decaff coffee remained, next to an empty box which once held regular coffee.
It's unclear at what time the final pot was brewed, but it's believed it was sometime in the overnight hours.
"We're also out of Green Tea," Traffic Lady Lisa Manna noted, as she searched for a caffeinated substitute to start her day.
While no coffee was available for the morning crew, producers decided to go ahead with the Daybreak show anyway. "We totally could have blown it off," said 6AM producer Jim Stoll. "But, I mean, we battled, hung in there, and put on a pretty decent couple hours of local news."
Upon arriving at the station, Kent Aschenbrenner, regional director of engineering quickly secured a new case of coffee.
"I supervise the maintenance and purchase of virtually every piece of technical equipment for the company," Aschenbrenner said. "Replacing the coffee packets is not really my area, but it looked like the crew really needed it."
Aschenbrenner did not reveal the secret hiding place from which he retrieved the coffee.
Reached for comment, Weather Plus Forecaster Craig Koplien,."
It has been reported that Koplien drinks either diet Dr. Pepper, or diet Mountain Dew. At times he's been known to double up.