Delkus interruptus: Off-screen voice disrupts Channel 8 weather forecast

WFAA/Channel 8 meteorologist in a 2014 file photo
WFAA/Channel 8 meteorologist in a 2014 file photo Star-Telegram archives

Among the major late-night newscasts in Dallas-Fort Worth, only one, WFAA/Channel 8’s, takes place in a studio that can be viewed by the public. Channel 8’s newscasts originate from a studio in the AT&T Plaza in Dallas’ Victory Park, which can add excitement to the newscast during big events, but it can also have its drawbacks.

During Sunday night’s forecast, as meteorologist Pete Delkus was trying to get out some info about a Pacific weather system affecting DFW later in the week, an offscreen voice shouted something that caused Delkus to have to repeat the words, “It’s a Pacific system,” three times.

Eventually, the voice was quieted as Delkus said, “All right, let’s get to the forecast.” (There is no embeddable video of the incident.)

Delkus already appeared a little bothered. His segment began with anchor Cynthia Izaguirre comiserating with Delkus (a former minor-league baseball) player about the Toronto Blue Jays’ sweep of the Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series. At one point during the forecast, he asks the camera crew to frame him correctly and then during a social-media segment asks for the posts to be put up faster. And that was before the interruption.

But when it came to the interruptions, he kept his cool — as befits a meteorologist. Many viewers asked via social what happened during the forecast.

Delkus answered, taking the opportunity to make a Twitter quip about his friendly rival, sportscaster Dale Hansen.

Izaguirre was more specific responding some concerned followers on Twitter: