During a radio tribute to 60 Minutes Correspondent, Morley Safer, a quote of his was mentioned that struck me this morning. This is coming from a person who had been on CBS for 52 years.
Safer: “I really don’t like being on television…It makes me uneasy. It is not natural to be talking to a piece of machinery. But the money is very good.” (From Fox News)
He went on to call it intimidating. I’ve been doing this now for around ten years and still will go back and forth with my comfort level. I often hear my colleagues refereed to as “a natural” or “born to be on tv”. I’ve always envied that quality. While I rarely feel uneasy and most often enjoy the thrill of live tv, let’s be honest, it can be unnerving. It’s interesting to hear a true “on air” professional make an honest comment about such a personal yet very public part of my life and livelihood.
It’s hardly the most romantic sound, but it’s loud and raw yet still amazingly calming. I’ll be anchoring weekends for a while. It’s a very different schedule. I’ve anchored early mornings and weekends, but this is a weekend split shift. Meaning – work friday – then both AM & PM newscasts on saturday and the early news on Sunday. So, there’s very little sleep over the weekend. I’m the first to say. I NEED sleep. Without it I wake up with crazy red dragon eyes. It all hinges on the drive to work in the morning darkness. Soothing tunes don’t help – loud does, and with it being Valentines Day weekend – My Bloody Valentine was appropriate.
While the host of Twin Cities Live is on maternity leave, some of the reporters and anchors from the KSTP-TV news department have been filling in for her. I’m not used to talking about food, fashion and fun on TV. News, by nature, is so serious. Anytime I get too far into leisure topics I start to feel like I’m about to get in trouble. Since I needed some natural topics to talk about, the sweet TCL crew did an entire segment on wedding dress trends with the editor of Minnesota Bride magazine. This is one of the publications I’ve been using lately for inspiration. The pictures and landscapes used for bridal photos are just stunning. This dress pictures is actually a two piece. The picture is Steve asking me if I would wear a crop top dress for my ceremony. What came from me was a resounding no!
This isn’t my dress, but I showed viewers a picture of my long search process.
Oh, I also included a pic of my favorite segment – ever – Valentines cocktails with sparking rose. I think the picture says it all. The 4:30 pm broadcast after TCL was fantastic this day.
TCL is such a well done show. It is detailed and full of fun information for men and women and lots of different ages. I’d love to do it again! Especially if there are more pink drinks.
I filled in on KSTP’s live talk show today. I think I was confused the whole time! It’s all good. New experiences are fun. It’s called Twin Cities Live. We had segments about cooking with steamers, thePantone color of the year and organizing our closets. Lots of moving around and ad libbing. The host – Steve – made it easy.
Mind blown. This, if you aren’t familiar, is a tater tot hotdish. For those like me, who are unfamiliar with the hotdish:
Hotdish translation = Minnesota for casserole. It’s today’s lunch special in our station cafeteria. It’s made with crispy tots on top, hash browns, green beans and a tasty ground beef. Adventures in Minnesota only continue.
I’ve edited out this woman’s name and picture. I prefer to think she was in the middle of a temporary psychotic breakdown.
In the news business we are open game for internet trolls. No hard feelings. I know everyone won’t like me. All on-air folks get bizarre attacks on our looks and talent.
Still, this is the meanest most vicious and shallow attack I’ve received to date. Thank God she hasn’t seen my behind. No doubt she’d be accusing me of having a buttocks injection. Nope, it’s naturally plump, too.
Let me say, Minnesotans have treated me like gold . There is this hateful email, but I’ve received dozens of welcome notes from the people up here.
I think what bothers me most is that this woman wanted to attack my femininity. Wanted me to feel inappropriate, all the while I’m on air buttoned up so conservatively in my dark brown blazer that I could pass for Murphy Brown. Then there is the “our” state and humble brag “plain home folks” comment. Where does she think I’m from? Nantucket? Last I checked South Mississippi is as down home as it gets?
Enough energy on her. Sorry, sister. My giant lips aren’t going anywhere.
Very special Monday. Never seen snow like this in person. So much more to come, I hear. Jim the photographer was a wonderful winter ambassador. I’m sure it gets exhausting, but today was a hoot.
You ask most reporters what they enjoy about this job, and I guarantee most will mention the fact that we are always doing something different. I think of it as each day being an opportunity to learn something new or be exposed to something new. It can be subjects, places, things or people.
Today it was a person.
I interviewed Dr. Marla Spivak the Director of the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. Her life has been spent studying bees and their health. Decades ago when her interest in bees took off, she had no idea there would be a point in our existence that her expertise would become a critical matter. My study was about how bees are dying in great numbers. Dr. Spivak says we can all help by providing bees with a more nutricus base. Flowers!! She wants us to plant more flowers. It almost feels surreal to talk about a serious problem that can, at least partially, be solved by adding beauty to the world. She has my vote.
Clearly others find her amazing. She even did a TED talk. It’s had almost 2 million views.
She was one of those unique people living a life completely of her choosing, so it seems. A bit eccentric in a brilliant way. The lab was surrounded by vintage bee/honey kitsch.
It was decorated with preserved/dried bees and scientific bug books. It felt like a creative display in an anthropology store.
Today I feel inspired after spending time there.