Reporter defends putting condom on mic during hurricane broadcast

A Florida reporter caught viewers’ attention on Wednesday when her microphone condom flashed on the screen during an outdoor hurricane broadcast.

NBC2’s Kyla Galer was reporting on the arrival of Hurricane Ian from a parking lot in Fort Myers, Florida, when viewers were distracted by the bulbous rubber casing of her microphone.

“NBC 2 Practices Safe Microphone Reporting During Hurricane Ian,”

a spectator.

“@NBCNewsNow really brought out this woman here holding a mic wrapped in a condom up to her face,” https://twitter.com/PiercebyPierce/status/1575135425483653120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1575135425483653120%7Ctwgr%5E1dc409ae1756c19759527313b4b9df609ea2d205%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.outkick.com%2Freporter-explains-why-she-placed-condom-over-her-microphone-during-hurricane-ian-coverage%2F.

Galer was quick to defend the practice on her Instagram Stories.

“A lot of people ask what’s on my microphone,” she said.

“It’s what you think it is. It’s a condom. It helps protect equipment. You can’t wet these mics. There’s a lot of wind and a lot of rain, so we have to do what we have to do and that’s put a condom on the microphone.

Galer’s colleague, ABC7’s Jeff Butera, then shared his own photo of Galer’s microphone up close.

When confronted about her use of protective gear, Galer said “we have to do what we have to do.”
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alongside a cheeky caption, writing “WE PRACTICE HURRICANE SAFE REPORT”.

“Yes, it’s a condom,” he continued.

“Nothing better to waterproof a microphone. My colleague from Waterman Broadcasting @kylagaler answered many questions, haha. Moment of lightness in this wicked storm… HurricaneIan .

NBC2 reporter Kyla Galer has stood by her decision to use a condom on her microphone.

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Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday evening.

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Kyla Galer, NBC2 reporter

Viewers seemed to laugh at the reporter’s use of microphone protection.

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The amusing exchange comes amid deteriorating conditions on Florida’s west coast as Hurricane Ian ravages Naples with record storm surges and winds of over 100 mph.

With extreme wind warnings issued for the Fort Myers area, experts are warning residents of surges of up to 18 feet.

Kyla Galer, NBC2 reporter
Galer is a reporter for NBC2 in Fort Meyers, Florida.
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Earlier in the day, Governor Ron DeSantis warned Floridians it was too late to “safely evacuate” from some counties in the hurricane’s path.

“It is time to retreat,” he stressed.

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