A sick day for Kansas City, Missouri, traffic reporter Nick Vasos took over the internet Thursday when an email announcing he wasn’t feeling well wasn’t just sent to his supervisor at Fox 4, but was also accidentally sent to all 4500+ Nexstar Media Group employees in nearly 200 stations across the country.
What resulted was a huge email chain from his colleagues — both wishing him well and serving up some lighthearted ribbing — and the Twitter hashtag #prayersfornick.
“I am one of @NickVasos’ managers,” wrote Jana Calkins, an assistant news director at Fox 4. “Grateful to report he and I have communicated and he is going to pull through. You guys are a scream!”
“And to think earlier this week, he was so happy to try Casey’s pizza. I long for the simple days,” joked Abby Eden, who is an anchor at Fox 4 Kansas City, where Vasos also works. “#PrayersForNick (for the record- he just called in sick. He’s ok.).”
Eden took it a step further, sharing a photo on Twitter of a mock memorial set up at the studio in his honor, complete with candles, flowers, framed photos of him and small American flags.
— Abby Eden (@AbbyEden) November 22, 2019
And the teasing continued to flow in all day…
— Jana Calkins (@Jayhawk96) November 22, 2019
— Rob Zerwekh (@zerwekh) November 22, 2019
— Chief Keith Monahan, CBM (@ChiefKeith) November 22, 2019
— Jonathan McCall (@JonathanMcCall) November 22, 2019
… until the company stepped in and locked down the “breaking news list,” as the replies were growing into the thousands.
— Sam and The Faves (@Holtzue) November 22, 2019
Vasos told one of his colleagues at Fox 4 that he had gotten lightheaded after fasting to prepare for oral surgery. He said he sent a text to his manager to tell her he wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be in on Friday, and when she didn’t respond, he turned to email.
“I don’t think I realized that I was sending it to all of Nexstar, and I hit ‘send,'” Vasos said. “And that’s where we are today.”
After thanks the scores of well-wishers, Vasos offered an apology to fellow “Nicks.”
— Nick Vasos (@NickVasos) November 22, 2019