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!


Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Update: Halloween and A Vacation to Remember

After four consecutive weekends of sports anchoring, I embarked on an unforgettable trip through North Africa, driving across the country of Morocco. We rented a car to drive ourselves and that was an experience that I can't accurately capture in words.

The journey included a drive through the Atlas Mountains, covering over 4000 feet in elevation on a road that didn't include barriers or pavement for much of the climb. And somehow the speed limit on these blind, hair-pin turns was 80 km/h.

Once we were through the mountains, driving on paper-flat roads straighter than a ruler, that's when the Moroccan police decided to crack down on excessive speeds. I got a speeding ticket for driving 81 km/h in a 60 zone.

Reflections on a Moroccan speeding ticket on the border of the Sahara. pic.twitter.com/PRJ7H1QGFH
300 Dhirams ($36) lighter, we made it to the edge of the Sahara desert for what was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip: a night of camping in the desert. It was an environment unlike anything I have ever seen before. It was incredible.

Already started training for the 2019 tennis season. It’s hard to sweat in the Sahara. pic.twitter.com/9Ftfc0Pqoq
Speaking of tennis, I haven't played since before I left for the trip and the outdoor season is officially finished. But I start my indoor season tomorrow with a one-hour hit. My goal is to play 3-4 times a month until the spring.

I am in the midst of a stretch co-hosting the Morning Show on Global, which is always my favourite secondary assignment. And that included the Halloween show where I really got try some things creatively.

I went as Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine from A Star is Born.


Bradley, I mean Jackson, also did part of my weather segment for me.

Happy Halloween! A special musical guest from #AStarIsBorn pinch-hit for me on the @morningshowto today, with an assist from #LadyGaga. pic.twitter.com/XV4oQCuL7F
That was a blast! In fact, I even fooled a couple of people who actually thought I was a real performer who was just super wasted.

I have a couple more morning show shifts this month and then back to my regular schedule.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October Update: A Hit with a Canadian Legend

The weekend sports shifts at Global have been a nice change of pace the past couple of weeks and they give me the opportunity to further refine my TV writing and editing skill-set.

Sticking with sports, my latest episode of Second Serve has been the best-received of the series. Most likely, it has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Daniel Nestor being my guest.


Daniel was a great sport and we had a lot of fun filming the above. He also gave me legitimately fantastic tips to help my game and I can tell they are already paying off.

Before we went on court, I conducted a sit-down interview with Daniel for a retrospective on his storied tennis career.


I have two more weekends of sports shifts forthcoming and then I'm taking off on vacation for 10 days. I think I may have some morning show shifts sprinkled in there as well.

Oh, and before I forget. The baseball playoffs are underway (my favourite time to be a sports fan) and there are now less than a dozen copies of my baseball novel left to purchase.

You can buy one online here. It also makes a great Christmas gift for sports fans and non-sports fans alike!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

September Update: A Summer to Remember

My summer of tennis is rapidly coming to a close and I feel it has been a tremendous success. My game is exponentially better than it ever has been and the results, in terms of my national ranking, play out that fact.

Here's the video from the August edition of Second Serve: An Inside Look at Canadian Tennis:


And here is the link to the article.

In August, I also attended the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin as a sideline reporter.


There's a change to my weekend schedule for the back half of September and the first half of October. I will be sports anchoring on Saturdays and Sundays for a month, so that will be a nice change of pace to my regular routine.

And this month marks my club tennis championships. Last year, I lost in the quarter-finals. I'm hoping for a deeper run this year.

Thanks for reading and watching!