WDR local time on the demolition of the Rahmedetal Bridge – media


Even the moderation often determines the course of an entire show, it sets the tone and makes a promise. Seen in this way, Janine Breuer-Kolo is taking the full risk when she “WDR Local time extra” on the blowing up of the A45 Rahmede viaduct with the comparison, “in London there was the pompous coronation yesterday – here in the Sauerland you get the full drone today”.

Of course, that creates a certain drop, but first of all it fits the topic, and secondly it doesn’t become a problem for the following 45 minutes, which could hardly have gone better and more cheerfully from a local journalistic point of view. It starts with a certain closeness to the citizenry, which the presenter occasionally hints at (“we know that residents today are throwing blast parties on their balconies, with grilling”), but which WDR also demonstrates in the live broadcast for the public viewing in Lüdenscheid.

“Like a World Cup”

There reporter Markus Krczal takes a few quotes, he gets the best one at the very end when the bridge falls. Right now, people are still filming the screen with the WDR broadcast hundreds of times with their cell phones, so some of them are filming live recordings that they show themselves while filming the screen. The media production glows, then the bridge falls, unbridled jubilation.

“Like a World Cup,” says Krczal, and then asks a woman how she’s doing right now, right after the bang? Woman: “Great, hammer”. Krczal: “Did you also have a bit of emotion in your eyes?” Woman: “No, but goosebumps, pure goosebumps, thanks!” Krczal, what else is there to say now: “All right”.

Even as an outside spectator, one has long since understood how important the demolition and replacement of the bridge are for Lüdenscheid. “One is speechless about so much failure,” says a passer-by in a contribution to the local time – this is followed by a clip about the resident René Jarackas, who due to the diverted heavy goods traffic is currently more than an hour instead of five minutes for the three kilometers from home from work. For the camera, Jarackas sits in the garden behind his parents’ house, where he used to relax. Now? It’s as loud “like a rest stop,” the article says, and René Jarackas says, what should he do, “I can’t screw any soundproof windows to my ears either.”

That’s also why, moderator Breuer-Kolo continued later, the people here “sometimes have a tie like that.” Next to her, without a tie, is Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP). As a full-time communicator, he naturally knows what non-binding, non-binding sentences are required on a day like this. Wissing says: “The region has my support”.

“3, 2, 1 – ignition!”

The star of the day, however, is the dilapidated infrastructure, or rather it is the idea that the blast will initially cover the bottom of the valley with dust, steel and concrete, but soon it will also be crossed.

The star of the day is Michael Schneider, the demolition expert who is apparently already well-known in the region. “Soon there will be a pre-bang,” says Breuer-Kolo, when things get serious at some point and the deterrent blast is imminent. And then? A man from the Autobahn company says, “The actual demolition then begins with Mr. Schneider’s legendary 3, 2, 1 ignition.” says Breuer-Kolo.

So the expert tailor yells at high noon: “3, 2, 1 – ignition!” and the bridge collapses as if painted. Janine Breuer-Kolo says, “Wow, applause, woah… can we please… goosebumps”.

Then demolition expert Schneider comes to the interview, and Breuer-Kolo summarizes everything essential in just one question: “So, Mr. Boom, happy, can you say that?” Answer: “Super happy, absolutely”.

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