Florida reporter Kyla Galer of NBC2 caught the attention of viewers for her “safe” coverage of Hurricane Ian when she covered her mic in an unorthodox way to protect it from the wind and rainfall.
During her on-air coverage of the devastating hurricane that made landfall in southwest Florida on Wednesday afternoon, Galer decided to cover her mic with a condom.
It may have been a little distracting at first, but Galer quickly explained her reason for pulling out the rubber on social media.
Florida reporter defends putting condom on mic during Hurricane Ian broadcast pic.twitter.com/s4txv1BLhx
— HARD FACTOR (@HardFactorNews) September 28, 2022
“A lot of people are asking what is on my microphone,” she said on Instagram. “It is what you think it is. It’s a condom. It helps protect the gear. You can’t get these mics wet. There’s a lot of wind and a lot of rain, so we gotta do what we gotta do and that is put a condom on the microphone.”
** WE PRACTICE SAFE HURRICANE REPORTING **
Yes, it's a condom.
Nothing better to waterproof a microphone.
My Waterman Broadcasting colleague @kylagaler has been fielding lots of questions, haha.
— Jeff Butera (@ABC7Jeff) September 28, 2022
Hey, safety first.
On a more serious note, the Fort Myers area where Galer was reporting from was pounded by rain and extreme winds, with warnings of water surges up to 18 feet.
Like Galer and her microphone, let’s hope that everyone stayed safe.