Reporter defends putting condom on mic during hurricane broadcast

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

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

“NBC 2 practicing safe microphone reporting during hurricane Ian,” tweeted one viewer.

“@NBCNewsNow really got this woman out here holding a mic wrapped in a condom up to her face,” chimed in another.

Galer quickly defended the practice on her Instagram Stories

“A lot of people are asking what is on my microphone,” she said.

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

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

NBC2 reporter Kyla Galer
When confronted with her use of protective material, Galer said “we gotta do what we gotta do.”

He tweeted the image alongside a cheeky caption, writing “WE PRACTICE SAFE HURRICANE REPORTING.”

“Yes, it’s a condom,” he continued.

“Nothing better to waterproof a microphone. My Waterman Broadcasting colleague @kylagaler has been fielding lots of questions, haha. Moment of levity in this nasty storm…#HurricaneIan.”

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

NBC2 reporter Kyla Galer
Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida Wednesday evening.

NBC2 reporter Kyla Galer
Viewers seemed to get a chuckle out of the reporter’s use of microphone protection.

The funny exchange comes amid worsening conditions on Florida’s west coast, as Hurricane Ian ravages Naples with record-breaking storm surges and winds over 100 mph.

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

NBC2 reporter Kyla Galer
Galer is a reporter for NBC2 in Fort Meyers, Florida.

Earlier today, Gov. Ron DeSantis warned Floridians that it was too late to “safely evacuate” from certain counties on the hurricane’s track.

“It’s time to hunker down,” he stressed.