Sunday, November 1, 2020

November Update: Halloween 2020

 Well, I somehow missed last month's update. My aim for monthly posts here has become somewhat lax in 2020. I blame the pandemic.

I was very busy with producing content over the past two months, with a big focus on our Halloween show. With Halloween being on a Saturday this year, it would fall on an actual show date. Both Aalia and I are big fans of Halloween and I wanted to do something big this year that included the entire Global News Weekend team.

We're all big fans of the TV show Parks and Recreation, so I wrote a scene that imagined what would happen if the characters in Parks and Recreation worked on our show:

It turned out really well and everyone did a great job with their roles (even if some took to it grudgingly). The musical part at the end was supposed to be longer until I realized none of us can actually sing and my guitar playing wasn't as good as I'd hoped. 

Aalia and I also dressed up as Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic from Tiger King.

For some non-Halloween content, the October episode of The Training Ground featured Canadian country music stars, The Reklaws.

Thanks for reading and watching!


Sunday, September 13, 2020

September Update: The end of summer sports

 Well, tennis season is winding down. I've been really happy with how my game continues to evolve. I think I am a much better player now than I was at the end of last season (and my results in matches underscore that statement).

Now that I am in my mid-30s, I'm hopeful I can continue to improve my skills, while maintaining the same level of fitness. Once I hit 40, my goal is to enter Masters-level provincial tennis tournaments and see where I stack up against the top 'old guys' in the province.

Also, I have started to play a lot more golf. Typically, I play twice a year. That's what I've done for the past 15 years. But this year, I've put some focus into actually learning how to play properly and construct a real golf swing. I've played 10 times this year and I can now break 100 on a regulation, 6,000-yard course. 

Bogey golf is my next goal. I am cautiously optimistic that I can reach that goal by the end of next year. I want to play 8-10 times a year going forward. I don't have the time to play more than that and my main athletic focus is still tennis, but I definitely enjoy golf a lot more than I have in the past.

Work-wise, I produced the fourth episode of my Training Ground series. I had the opportunity to interview Master Warrant Officer Norm Penny about his career as a Search and Rescue Technician with the Canadian Forces.

Global News Weekend is going very well. The entire team enjoys working together and we are producing interesting and engaging content. Look out for a very fun Halloween segment that will be coming on Halloween (which actually falls on a show date this year).

Thanks for reading and watching!


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August Update: A Surprise Anniversary

I was checking my email earlier this week and was surprised to see an email from the 'Corus Service Awards', congratulating me on my 5th anniversary as a member of the Global News team. I had no idea!

I am usually on top of such milestones, but this one completely slipped my mind. Blame the pandemic and the fact life has been kind of turned upside down for the past five months, but I did want to take a couple of paragraphs to reflect on the past five years.

Here's what I wrote when I started at Global back in 2015:

I've settled into a groove at my new job. I have a lot more on my plate, but the added responsibility is invigorating and I'm really enjoying the challenge. Right now my focus is on creating, producing, and presenting weather forecasts for eight markets: Toronto, Montreal, Kelowna, Saskatoon, Regina, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Winnipeg.

Sports coverage will start to be added to my job description at some point in the fall once all of the shows for all eight markets are running like a well-oiled machine.

Now here's my on-air schedule. It's a lot more consistent than my schedule at The Weather Network.

Wednesday and Thursday - Late newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Kelowna

Friday - Late newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Kelowna, Toronto, Montreal, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia

Saturday and Sunday - Eveing and late newscast for Kelowna, late newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon

Well, that's a lot to unpack.

A lot has certainly changed over the past five years. Weather was my sole focus when I first started at Global. Now, weather is decidedly on the back-burner with my role as a digital broadcast journalist and host of Global News Weekend.

I no longer do market-based broadcasting--Global News Weekend is a national show that airs on the Global TV app and Global's 24-hour streaming service, both of which didn't even exist in 2015!

I did dabble in sports anchoring over the past five year at Global, but that department doesn't even exist any longer.

I worked nights extensively back then, from Wednesday to Sunday. Now I just work mornings and day shifts, which is so much better for my work-life balance. I work 4, 10-hour shifts each week compared to 5, 8-hour shifts.

Producing series like What's Your Fitness Age, The Culture of Fitness, Fitness Served Cold, Top Dog, and The Training Ground wasn't even on my radar back in 2015.

I'm definitely proud of what I've been able to accomplish and how my career has been able to grow and evolve throughout my five years at Global News. And I'm excited to see what the future holds!

Also, speaking of The Training Ground, here's the third episode on competitive speller, Enya Huber.

Thanks for reading and watching!