Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Andrew!

This one is really hard to believe - but believe, I have to. Today is my brother Andrew Herald's 19th birthday. Here he is with my niece, Novelei.

Here he is with me while we were on the Carnival Fun Ship Inspiration in 2004.

And I'm not sure when this was taken. I have to believe it's in the last couple years - but I lifted this one off my stepdad's myspace.

Notice that no matter what, in the last few years, his hair hasn't changed one bit. Come to think of it, I think he's had the same hairstyle for the last ten years. Heh.

I'm just kidding of course...he's my brother, he might get on my nerves, but he's family and I love my family.

Happy birthday bro...

Courage + Belief = LIFE

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Morning Show Experiences from the Past

I mentioned in the last post (I'm cranking this out now, so I can go try and get a couple or three hours sleep) that I know how the local TV stations' morning show staff manages to get up and do their jobs in the morning.

I wanted to split this off into its own post, so here we go.

Back in 2000, my bladder exploded and I went into septic shock. I was literally on the edge of death. At the time, the man I trusted when it came to getting my local weather (seeing as I had little to no experience with forecasting myself) was Steve Horstmeyer, who at this time was the morning meteorologist for the CBS station here. That's WKRC-TV 12 in Cincinnati. And for the record, he's now with WXIX 19 which is the FOX network affiliate, still in Cincinnati, and is their chief meteorologist. And I STILL turn to him sometimes - heck, it's hard not to when he has 30+ years of experience!

He comes into this story early on for a reason. Somehow, someway, someone got word to Steve that a fan of his was in the hospital fighting for life. (That would be yours truly. I still don't know who told him.) He came to the hospital to see me. Mind you, he'd just done an 8 hour shift, and I think was headed home, but stopped to see me at Cincinnati Children's. We discussed the weather, and he gave me some weather maps like he uses to predict the weather (these were printed, by the way...and I should say we TRIED to discuss the weather. Remember, I'm fighting for life at that time, on pain meds so that the 5 holes, dozens of staples and stitches I had in my body didn't hurt so bad. So I know I was mostly with it, but sort of not.)

Anyway, later that month I visited the WKRC studios and met Mike Buresh, at the time the station's 4 PM meteorologist (he's now with WTEV-TV in Jacksonville, Florida). Which that was very cool.

About one year later, I found out that the station was set to move their morning show (Steve was still doing weather for it) to new digs downtown at the Fifth Third Center (if you haven't figured it out, it's the corporate HQ of Fifth Third Bancorp), on the ground level with windows overlooking Fountain Square.

From September 3rd of 2001 to 2005, I visited those studios on my days off school. Sometimes in the latter year I stopped by to say a quick hello on my way to Northern Kentucky University. Heh. How's that for sneaking a quick chat with friends in?

It was there at the WKRC downtown studio that I realized that you have to be totally and one hundred percent dedicated to get up at 2 AM (when most people are still in bed), go to work from 4:30 AM to 12:30 PM, go home, do what personal business you have to do, and be in bed by around 4:15 PM to get up and do it all over again the next day. And not just that, but to keep that schedule five days a week, and smile while you do it or at least try not to be negative on the air.

Needless to say, from those 4 years I spent being what I guess you'd call Cincinnati's first and only teenage on-air meteorologist, I know what the men and women working the early shift at all four major stations now do. (At the time, that is - there isn't a teenager in town now doing what I was doing on air over-the-airwaves; security has become a number one concern for most stations and I don't blame them. There is at least one teenager who does webcasts - Trevor Cole of Trev, I threw ya a free plug buddy.) Even if it was only part time when I was off of school, I realized that yes, I could do it with a) the proper schooling and b) discipline once I did land a job in broadcasting. What I learned was these two points in summary:

1) Be one hundred percent DEDICATED to your job if you're considering an early shift as an on-air personality.
2) Be sure that you have a LOT of caffeinated beverages on hand to keep you awake when you're broadcasting!

So that's my experience as, like I said, Cincinnati's ONLY teenage on-air broadcast weatherman. Those four years I spent around that team were really good years.

Courage + Belief = LIFE

Part Media, Part Personal Blog.

It's time for one of those things we like to call an introduction.

The morning show folks at WXIX-TV 19 here in town have started a blog. It's been going awhile now, and I've debated whether to throw this one on here, or on Tri-State Media Watch.

After much careful thought, I've decided it belongs here, mostly because it's good personal insight from some of the hardest working folks in town. Talk about dedication - it takes a LOT of dedication to get up at the crack of 2 AM to go to work. These people have it. (Well, it takes that, AND a load of caffeine. But mostly the dedication.) How I know this...well I'll save that for my next post.

Back to the'll read about everything from vacations (like this morning's post from their morning meteorologist) to some favorite hangout spots to some of the cool things that they do for our community.

You can read the FOX 19 Morning News team's blog right here.

Courage + Belief = LIFE