I'm that "someone with a pulse" and that crash happened at 4:40am. I was on the air with it at 4:48. I still have the tape from that morning if you'd like to confirm. In our format that crash was on the air as soon as it could possibly be reported. For fact check: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-kennedy-expressway-crash-20200415-o4xiq7qmfbgnpdpgovw7r22pwy-story.html
(For those who reasonably let their subscription to the shell of the former Tribune lapse, "Troopers first responded to crashes on the inbound Kennedy at North at 4:40 a.m. and the outbound lanes at 5:10 a.m., said Trooper Omoayena Williams, an Illinois police spokeswoman. Initially, officials said around 60 vehicles were involved, but later said it was 46, including 3 semis.")
Your point about overnights being pre-recorded is not lost on a single soul in the newsroom. To the point there was a staff wide metting about this problem with the powers that be just a few weeks ago. Our concerns were expressed vividly but to no avail. Corporate wants the resources ($$$) directed elsewhere and that's their perogative.
That being said only 1 1/2 hours of the wee hours of the morning are prerecorded (2 1/2 if you count When Radio Was) and we are still providing a product you can't get anywhere else in this city all those other hours. So yes, I would argue it's still very worthwhile and I can only imagine the holy hell you and all the other posters here would raise on this board if we were to flip to "Musica! Musica! Musica!" anytime soon.
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