WESTPORT — Most TV shows in New York have cancelled live in-studio audiences to protect their staff and audience members from the COVID-19 crisis. Many TV studios, without audiences, have also closed their studios because one or more of their staff having been tested positive for COVID-19. In order to continue broadcasting, many TV personalities have created their own “studio” within their own homes. We now can see Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Meghan McCain of The View broadcasting separately from their living rooms, at least that is what it appears like. Dr. Phil from his kitchen. Chris Cuomo from his basement since he is recovering from COVID-19 and doesn’t want to infect his family. Newscasters are also included in this new phenomenon.
There is one news personality that is using a novel location as his studio, a circa 1820 historic barn at his home in Westport, Connecticut. Previous to this creative solution, Lonnie Quinn, the CBS Chief Weathercaster, would bike to the Green’s Farms Railroad Station to take the train to his Manhattan CBS studio for his weather broadcasts. Since that studio closed, due to the COVID-19 confirmed employee, he was providing his weather reports from various Connecticut locations. But now he is using his circa 1820 barn as his “studio”.