WNYW Anchor Ernie Anastos Gets the David Letterman ‘Top 10′ Treatment


By Jerry Barmash Comment

In the days following Hurricane Irene’s devastating march up the East Coast, David Letterman did a fitting Top 10 list on the Late Show.

You’ll recall, every local TV station went around-the-clock that weekend with Irene coverage. Of course, the Weather Channel also had all hands on deck, treating it like their Election Day, and in the process notching a large audience.

On Wednesday, August 31st, Letterman did a Top 10 list: How the Weather Channel Can Boost Its Ratings.

Among the list at number 10: More erotic-shaped clouds

7. Less weather; more Hillbilly Handfishin’

4. Three-words: 500-Day Forecast

Then, a nice surprise at number two: Hire Ernie Anastos.

Beyond that, Letterman added a six-second clip to prove his comedic point. However, it wasn’t from Anastos’ storm coverage on WNYW/Channel 5. Instead, viewers saw the infamous viral video of Anastos saying “Keep Plucking that Chicken!” to meteorologist Nick Gregory in September 2009.

Watch the clip after the jump.