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Virginia Morning Show Returns Day After News Crew Killed On Air

Kimberly McBroom — who was in the WDBJ studio when the tragedy occurred Wednesday — described today's Mornin' show as "a broadcast like no other"

Last updated on August 27, 2015, at 8:41 a.m. ET

Posted on August 27, 2015, at 6:45 a.m. ET

Virginia TV station WDBJ's Mornin' breakfast show returned to the air Thursday morning, one day after journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed on air.

WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst (right) — the boyfriend of Alison Parker — hugs meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner Thursday morning.
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WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst (right) — the boyfriend of Alison Parker — hugs meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner Thursday morning.

Anchor Kimberly McBroom — who was broadcasting in the studio when the tragedy occurred Wednesday — described today's show as "a broadcast like no other."

The morning team — made up of McBroom, Steve Grant, and Leo Hirsbrunner — smiled as they shared memories of the slain reporters, and described their deaths as "heartbreaking on so many levels." They said the tragedy was "by far one of the most difficult stories we've ever covered."

Leo Hirsbrunner (right) talks about the antics of cameraman Adam Ward during the early morning show.
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Leo Hirsbrunner (right) talks about the antics of cameraman Adam Ward during the early morning show.

Steve Grant is not a WDBJ employee, but one of a number of staff brought in from Springfield, Missouri's KY3 to assist the Virginia station with its broadcasts in the wake of the attack, according to the Springfield News-Leader. Another Springfield station, KSPR, also sent staff to Roanoke.

From left: Steve Grant, Kimberly McBroom, and Leo Hirsbrunner.
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From left: Steve Grant, Kimberly McBroom, and Leo Hirsbrunner.

Meteorologist Hirsbrunner was visibly upset during the one of his morning spots, saying of his colleagues, "We're going to miss them so, so much."

McBroom then offered the meteorologist words of encouragement, saying, "You got this, partner; we're getting through it."

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During a later forecast, Hirsbrunner struggled to hold back tears, and said, "Adam and Alison, this is for you."

He also posted this tweet ahead of today's show:

Though our hearts are heavy and tears still flow, mother nature will give us a quiet weather day. Partly sunny today.

McBroom also tweeted ahead of the broadcast:

Preparing for a very difficult @WDBJ7Mornin broadcast. But I am strengthened by your love and condolences. We will get through this together

The station held a moment's silence for Ward and Parker, with the presenting team joining hands in their memory.

McBroom also thanked members of the public for their support: "Your outpouring of support means more than you can imagine."

Grief expert Dr. Thomas Miliam (left) joins Grant, McBroom, and Hirsbrunner in a moment's silence Thursday morning.
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Grief expert Dr. Thomas Miliam (left) joins Grant, McBroom, and Hirsbrunner in a moment's silence Thursday morning.

Watch the on-air moment of silence here:

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A replay of the broadcast is streaming here:

Correction

Chris Hurst was Alison Parker's boyfriend. A previous version of this story listed him as her fiancé.