On Tuesday morning, Chicago’s reporters had no idea what sort of day they’d be facing. Not surprisingly, some were caught unprepared when Blagojevich was arrested, and their state thrown into turmoil.

So the below video of radio-man Ben Calhoun, a WBEZ reporter, borrowing a tie from a business staffer is downright adorable. You can’t go on the NewsHour without a tie!


Putting the “tie” in “teamwork” from WBEZ on Vimeo.

On WBEZ’s news blog, where the video is posted, you’ll find this joking comment from the station’s web editor:

Well, truth be told, Newshour wanted me to do the spot yesterday but I wore my cut-off jeans short and Miller high-life half-shirt to work. So they moved on to Ben who at least had a suit jacket. Lesson today: don’t wear cut-off jean shorts to work.

Ah, the dangers of radio couture.

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Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.