Friday, July 31, 2015

August Update: A Big Change and Career News

The last time I wrote a blog post of this nature was on January 31 2013 when I left The Woodstock Sentinel-Review for my job at The Weather Network.

(Quick aside: it's pretty cool to go back and read the article and see how far I've come in just 2.5 years. Back then, I was excited to just get paid to be on TV after years of volunteering. Since then I've logged thousands of hours of live TV experience, presented the weather on CBC's The National, and appeared on ESPN3. More on that in a second.)

New Job

And I am burying the lede again. Today was my last day at The Weather Network. I have accepted a full-time position at Global TV Toronto (plus seven other cities across the country) as a weather and sports anchor. I will be based in Toronto and I will be on the 11 p.m. newscast from Wednesday to Sunday.

My first day is on Tuesday and I'll have more details before my first on-air shift on August 15.

It is bittersweet leaving The Weather Network. I am incredibly excited for this opportunity and to embark on the next phase of my career, but I am leaving a terrific team of people that I enjoyed working with each and every day.

In addition to my move to Global, there has also been some other developments career-wise. In May, I was once again hired by CrossFit to work as a sideline reporter for their West Regional competition. Click Demo Reels to see some clips from that event.

ESPN3

CrossFit was so pleased with my work that they hired me again to work as a sideline reporter for the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, California at the end of July. The events were carried live on ESPN3 and it was a tremendous experience to work such a large-scale production (I am currently putting together a demo of clips from my work at CrossFit Games that I will post when completed).

 
Also, back in April, I hit a milestone birthday. To celebrate the occasion, I performed standup comedy at Yuk Yuks Toronto. It has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Check out the updated About Mike section for the video.

Thanks for continuing to follow my journey throughout the Canadian (and American) media industry!

- Mike

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Update: Consistent Schedule and Commencement

Well, the first weekend of summer was a huge bust in Southern Ontario. It felt more like fall with the wind, rain and temperatures in the mid-teens.

But, as we get into the height of the summer season, I've been playing more tennis than ever and my hard work is paying off. I actually won a mixed doubles tennis tournament last month. Tennis has provided me with a competitive outlet that I was sorely missing after I retired from baseball.

At the beginning of June, I had the honour of being a guest speaker at commencement at one of my Alma maters, Durham College. It was a great experience and my introduction by Durham College's President, Don Lovisa, and my speech was captured on video (scroll ahead to the 35:30 mark).



My TWN schedule has stabilized and I will be working four days a week consistently from Saturday to Tuesday (with some additional shifts thrown in periodically) for the rest of the summer.

Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET). And you can see me, periodically, during these times on CBC News Network and on The National and CBC Toronto on Sunday nights.

July 1 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

July 4 and 5 - 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 6 and 7 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

July 11 and 12 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

July 13 and 14 - 2p.m. to 7p.m.

July 17 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

July 18 and 19 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

July 27 to 31 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Update - Some Golf and Schedule Hodgepodge

While my number of field reporting shifts have waned recently (just in time for the warm weather!) due to a greater number of CBC weather shifts, I was able to shoot a morning show in May at Lionhead Golf Club in Brampton.

Here's a segment on tweaking your golf swing based on different weather conditions.


Here's a look at my June schedule. Due to vacations, it's a little bit all over the place, but it will stabilize over the rest of the summer.

Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET). And you can see me, periodically, during these times on CBC News Network and on The National and CBC Toronto on Sunday nights.

June 2 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

June 6 and 7 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

June 8, 9, 11, 12 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 13 and 14 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

June 15 and 16 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

June 20 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

June 21 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

June 22 and 23 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

June 27 and 28 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

June 29 and 30 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May Update - The Warmth Is Here

Finally, the weather tide is turning in Southern Ontario. Warm temperatures have been here with consistency and I've certainly taken advantage.

Since retiring from baseball, my new sports of choice are golf and tennis. This is only my third year playing tennis, so my game is still very rocky, but I'm making improvements each and every match I play.

And I've been playing golf since I was a kid, but was always terrible. For some reason, I've gotten less terrible recently. So, I've got that going for me, which is nice.

I want to share a very cool career highlight. I've been filling in on The National periodically during the week, which means I share the same screen with Peter Mansbridge at times. And I was lucky enough to capture his intro of me on April 23 on my digital camera.

It's pretty cool to be name-dropped by a broadcasting legend.



Here's a look at my May schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET). And you can see me, periodically, during these times on CBC News Network and on The National and CBC Toronto on Sunday nights.

May 1 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

May 2 and 3 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

May 7 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

May 8 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 9 and 10 - 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

May 11 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 14 and 15 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (and The National)

May 16-18 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

May 22 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

May 23 and 24 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Update - TWN, CBC and Website Re-format

My schedule has stabilized slightly as we get into the first month of Spring (full disclosure: I also hit a milestone birthday this month that I'm kind of dreading).

Now that we are fully into Spring, I have done some sprucing up with my website to make it more user-friendly. I've consolidated previous examples of my print, web, and video work into more easily navigable sections.

All of my Sports Writing, News Writing, Video, and Audio work from my media career can now be found in distinct sections. Sports, Weather, and News clips can be found at Demo Reels. I have updated the About Mike section as well.

And there are now two versions of my book, 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality, you can order from my website: a signed hard copy or an e-book version.

Earth Day is also in April and I put together a story with Earth Day Canada about their new campaign to reduce Canadian carbon emissions.


My weekend schedule at The Weather Network is now late-afternoons and evenings. For CBC, I do the weather on The National Sunday night and two segments for CBC Toronto on Sunday night. I also do the weather for CBC News Network periodically during the week.

Here's a look at my April schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET). And you can see me, periodically, during these times on CBC News Network as well.

April 1 and 2 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 3, 4, 5 - 6 p.m. 11 p.m.

April 9 and 10 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 11 and 12 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

April 13 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

April 17 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

April 18 and 19 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

April 24 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

April 25 and 26 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

March Update - A Career Update

Well, I'm glad that month's over. There's cold and then there's what Southern Ontario experienced over the past four weeks. In fact, it was the coldest month EVER recorded at Pearson International Airport.

At least we broke the record.

Honestly, it was a little depressing to report outside in that cold all month long for The Weather Network's national morning show. I don't think I could have worn enough layers to conserve an appropriate amount of body heat. And it was getting to the point that I was having trouble coming up with adjectives to describe the cold---well, ones that I could say on television anyway.

Nevertheless, March is now here with some (hopefully) warmer weather and that brings me to some career news. Since December, The Weather Network has had a content-sharing agreement with CBC. That means TWN provides weather updates for CBC News Network and CBC's The National.

And I have been assigned a consistent weekend shift from this point forward where I will be presenting the weather on TWN, CBC News Network, CBC Toronto, and the Sunday edition of The National.

So, it's definitely an exciting time for me and I'm looking forward to this new role. In fact, I appeared on The National on February 15, which was my first CBC appearance.


Here's a look at my February schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET). And you can see me during these times on CBC News Network as well (weekends only).

March 1 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

March 2 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

March 4, 5, 6 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 9 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

March 13 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

March 14 and 15 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

March 16 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

March 20  - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

March 21 and 22 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

March 23 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

March 27 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

March 28 and 29 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

March 30 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

February Update - Cross-Country Trip Recap

The highlight of the first month of 2015 was undoubtedly my cross-country sojourn from Calgary back to The Weather Network's headquarters in Oakville. It was the first time I had ever been in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and the ability to see different places and meet new people across Canada was a great experience.

I flew to Calgary on January 10th and returned to Oakville on the afternoon of January 17th. I spent the night in the following cities: Calgary, Saskatoon, Brandon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, and Parry Sound (hometown of Bobby Orr).

My favourite moment of the trip was visiting extended family I've never met before in Biggar, Saskatchewan. My paternal grandmother grew up in Biggar (town motto: New York is Big, but this Biggar) and I was able to tour the farm where she grew up and enjoy a home-cooked meal, along with a few potent potables. Here's a pic with my cousins Paul and Doreen.


Before I left on the trip I spent a morning show in early January at a backyard rink in Guelph. I put together a story on how to properly make a backyard rink. The story also includes some footage of my return to the ice after an 8-year absence.



Here's a look at my February schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET).

February 12 and 13 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

February 14 and 15 - 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

February 16 - 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

February 19 and 20 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

February 21 and 22 - 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

February 26 and 27 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

February 28 and March 1 - 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.