Wednesday, August 7, 2019

August Update: Better Late Than Never

The frequency of my monthly updates has been wanting so far in 2019, but I do have a good reason. All of the extra content I have been producing and hosting for Global News has taken up the majority of my time and focus throughout the spring and summer.

Although I did get an opportunity to travel to Newfoundland for a wedding in mid-July and I was able to get many hours of spectacular hiking in throughout the trip.

I mentioned in my last post in June that there would be some addendum pieces to the What's Your Fitness Age series about senior fitness. I travelled to McMaster University in Hamilton to produce a story on the MacSenior fitness program.

After learning about the program, I couldn't pass up the opportunity for another fitness challenge where I teamed up with a member of the program and we took on Ross and his senior partner. Here's the link to that piece.

Earlier today, I had a meeting about producing another fitness series, this one will be called The Culture of Fitness. I'm still at the exploratory stage, but I hope to start shooting this new series in September and I will have some more info in next month's update.

Sticking with fitness, it is Rogers Cup week in Toronto and Montreal. Yesterday, I put together a preview story from Aviva Centre for Global News teeing up the all-Canadian affair between Bianca Andreescu and Genie Bouchard.

Also, on Sunday, I had an opportunity to be a "Ball Man" during an actually qualifying match at the Rogers Cup.

2. Lots of stuff to remember, especially when you’re on towel duty @TennisCanada pic.twitter.com/kC0UiDyXZC

I am currently editing the full feature and that will air on Global on Friday night. I will post the link in next month's post as well.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

June Update: More Fitness

The What's Your Fitness Age series that I co-produced for Global has come to an end and it was a lot of work and a lot of fun. It was also very well received by my co-workers and viewers. Here's the final episode which includes the final results.


If you want to watch the full episodes, which includes extra content if you want to find out your own fitness age, you can check out the landing page for the series.

I am doing some additional fitness content this month as well, including a story on adaptive fitness. Here is the link to the video, which also includes some more written information and and additional video content.

I will also be creating two pieces of content on senior fitness later this month, which I will post in the next update.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Update: What's Your Fitness Age and Conference Attendance

I mentioned last update that the new project I've been working on, a four-part series called What's Your Fitness Age?, would require a lot more work added to my plate. And I don't think I was evenprepared for how much time it would actually take to produce, shoot, edit, write, and promote this series.

Don't get me wrong, it's been an absolute blast working with people I don't get to normally. And fully immersing myself in such a creative endeavour in something I don't get to do in my day-to-day, so the long days have been worth it.

I've been putting in 10-12 hours of overtime every week for the past two weeks and this will continue for the next three until the final episode of the series airs on May 17.

Each episodes premieres on Fridays on Global News Morning and I am also appearing on GNM for a segment to talk about the series each Friday as well.

Here's how the first episode turned out.


The second episode will premiere on Friday. We also have a dedicated landing page on the Global News website where you can watch each episode and get extra content like exercise demos, more information on the scoring system and the challenges, and an opportunity to find your own fitness age.

My May schedule will be a little nuts until the long weekend, when things should normalize a little bit more.

Outside of my media career, my start-up, VoiStory, has been getting some traction within the hospice and palliative care community. We have signed licencing deals with four organizations thus far and we attended the 2019 Hospice Palliative Care Ontario annual conference in Richmond Hill last weekend.

While there, we met with a lot of stakeholders in the community. Our website and how it can streamline and simplify legacy work seemed to strike a chord with most people we met. We received a ton of interest, which we're hoping will turn into more deals for the company.

We've also just released our latest update, which allows users to upload images to link to their corresponding audio clips. This gives our website a more fully immersive experience for our users.

Here is updated demo of how the website works.




Thanks for reading and watching!

Monday, April 1, 2019

April Update: New Content and New Business

Apologies for my lack of a post last month, but I really didn't have anything new to report at that time. I pretty much just did my regular shift for all of March, however I was working on two things that I can share in this month's update.

After the success of my monthly tennis blog last year, I was looking for a new project for 2019 that would let me create and produce some entertaining content (although I may bring the tennis blog back for a special occasion if I really have some success in tournaments this year).

Since January, me and fellow weather guy Ross Hull have been working on a 4-part series pitch called What's Your Fitness Age? It will be a competition series to find out how different our 'real' age is from our 'fitness' age. Joining Ross and I as competitors will be Liem Vu and Jen Valentyne from Global News Morning.

Ross and I spent last month devising the outline of the series and the challenges in consultation with the High Performance Sport Department at the University of Toronto. We will be shooting the series in the middle of April with the first episode scheduled to premiere the week after Easter.

It will be a lot of work added to our regular plate, but it should be a blast to shoot and I'm really looking forward to it.

The new business I referred to in the title has actually nothing to do with my media career.

For the past 18 months, I have been working on a side project in my spare time. It's a start-up company called VoiStory that I've recently launched with two other co-founders. VoiStory is a web service that allows users to record, edit, organize, store and share their life's memories as audio clips.

Here is a demo video to show you how the website works.




You can find out more information about what VoiStory is on the website plus here's a link to the VoiStory Facebook page. That's where you can find testimonials from some of our users plus additional info about VoiStory.

Right now, until the end of April, we are offering an early adopter discount for individual VoiStory accounts. It is only $20 for a forever membership and 1GB of storage, which is approximately 20 hours of recording time.

This early adopter discount is 80% off the regular price. Also, in the next few weeks, we will be releasing a feature where you will be able to upload photos to your recorded stories and chapters.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Friday, February 1, 2019

February Update: Too Cold

I write this as Southern Ontario is currently in the grips of the coldest air this area has experienced in almost five years. It's almost unbearable walking from my car into the station. And I played late-night tennis yesterday and my car almost didn't start because of the bitter cold.

But I digress and things will be warmer this weekend.

Speaking of tennis, I posted the final edition of my blog, Second Serve: An Inside Look at Canadian Tennis last month.


Yes, that is my real opponent in my final tournament of 2018. Here is the written portion of my final post.

Also, at the beginning of January, I had the opportunity to sit down with Canadian track star Andre De Grasse. We discussed his career since the Rio Olympics and looked ahead to this year and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.


On Sunday, I will be sports anchoring all of the early and late newscasts across the country (there will be lots of Super Bowl content).

And next Wednesday and Thursday, I will be filling in as co-host on The Morning Show.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

January Update: On To 2019

Well, it was the quite the year.

It was, without doubt, the most tennis-focused 12 months of my life. From my monthly blog on the Global News website to TV interviews with Bianca Andreescu, Daniel Nestor, Denis Shapovalov, plus a rapid fire sit-down with Vasek Posposil.


The final episode of the blog will be posted later this week.

In addition to all of the tennis I played in the spring and summer, I did some work as well. Once again, I worked as a sideline reporter for CrossFit Media and covered two of their regional competitions (in Salt Lake City and Nashville) and the world championship in Madison, Wisconsin.



I spent Halloween week filling in on The Morning Show. That gave me the opportunity to disappear into character for the Halloween show. Have you seen A Star is Born?



And at the end of 2018, I worked as a news anchor for the first time, anchoring two editions of Global Durham to add another skill to my media toolkit. 

Also, last week, I was able to sit down with Canadian track star Andre De Grasse for a feature interview.

Here's to many more opportunities to further my skill set over the next 12 months. And I will be sure to document it in this space.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

December Update: A Double Dose of Canadian Tennis

I produced two pieces of Canadian tennis content last month. The first was a sit-down interview with Denis Shapovalov that aired across the country on Global stations. Here is a longer version of that interview.

It was 18 months in the making to get the chance to go one-on-one with the 19-year-old. I first contacted his representation before the Rogers Cup last year about an interview, but then Shapovalov beat Rafael Nadal at the 2017 Rogers Cup, his career exploded, and it was very difficult to get time with him.

We were finally able to make it work at a charity event in Toronto last month. At the same event, I was also able to interview Vasek Pospisil for the penultimate edition of my monthly tennis blog, Second Serve.


Here is a link to the written portion of the post.

My work schedule is actually very stable this month, which is odd considering we are now in December. My final open-level tennis tournament of the year starts December 18 in Burlington.

I will have my final Second Serve post ready to go in January's update, plus a look back at what happened career-wise in 2018.

Thanks for reading and watching!