Monday, August 1, 2016

August Update - Sports Again

It was a busy July.

At the end of the month, I flew to LAX on my way to Carson, California and the 10th iteration of the CrossFit Games.

Once again I was hired by CrossFit Media to work as a sideline reporter and athlete interviewer for ESPN's coverage of the event.

I was responsible for covering the Masters Men, Teenage Boys, and Teams competition, which included 4-time individual men's champion, Rich Froning. His team, CrossFit Mayhem, successfully defended their title from 2015 in dominating fashion, so I interviewed them quite a bit over the weekend.

I was there Monday the 18th to Monday the 25th and worked 12-14 hour days from Tuesday to Sunday. Although the days were long, my broadcast responsibilities had a number of built-in breaks where I could relax and seek shelter from the oppressive California sun.

It was a blast working with such a fun-loving, hard-working crew. Here's a picture of all of us after the final event on Sunday (Yes, I am the only one holding a beer. It was a stressful week, okay?)


My work on the sideline and in the interview area was well-received by my co-workers and I will post a selection of clips from the week in next month's post.

August 3rd marks my one-year anniversary at Global and the last 12 months have absolutely flown by. I am really enjoying my time at Global and I'm very happy with how the move has positively impacted my media career.

This past weekend, I had two more sports anchoring shifts. I am really starting to get the hang of writing, cutting, and presenting highlight packages for a variety of sports. Here's my cast from Global Toronto yesterday evening.



Here's my on-air schedule at Global for August (all times local). 

Wednesday and Thursday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Friday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Saturday and Sunday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina and the Maritimes, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Thanks for reading and watching and remember to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for my latest career news!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Update - Sports

Summertime and the living's easy.

I had a full weekend of on-air sports anchoring last month and it was a busy couple of days with Blue Jays baseball, the PGA's Memorial tournament, and the French Open. Below is my sports highlight package that ran on Global News Toronto that Sunday.

  
On a personal sports note, last month I also had my first-ever tennis lesson. I realized that if I want my game to go to the next level, I have to get a better serve. I need my service game to be more consistent and effective. 

I kind of feel like Roy Halladay when he was sent down to A ball at the beginning of his career. I had my serving motion completely broken down and now I have to build it back up. Unfortunately, that means losing to opponents I typically beat.

But, much like Halladay, I have to trust the process and the temporary pain I'm feeling now will all be worth it for a stronger and more reliable serve. I just hope the changes take hold sooner rather than later. And an amateur tennis career analogous to Roy's professional baseball career would be fantastic (and most likely wishful thinking). 

At the end of July, I will once again be working as a sideline reporter for CrossFit. I will be heading to Carson, California to report on the Masters, Teenagers and Team competitions at the CrossFit Games for an entire week. 

In the interim, Here's my on-air schedule at Global for July (all times local). 

Wednesday and Thursday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Friday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Saturday and Sunday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina and the Maritimes, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Thanks for reading and watching and remember to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for my latest career news!




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June Update - Sideline Reporting

Last week I had the opportunity to once again work for CrossFit Media as a sideline reporter for one of their regional competitions.

In 2014, I reported from the Canada West Regional in Richmond, BC. Last year, I was at the West Regional in Tacoma, WA. On Thursday I flew to Albany, NY for the 2016 West Regional.

It was an exciting competition and I conducted over 30 live interviews throughout the weekend. It was great to flex some sideline reporting muscle again. I even had the opportunity to interview the champion of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games, Katrin Davidsdottir from Iceland, a number of times. We had a good rapport, evidenced by this tweet. 


At Global, it sure has been nice to deliver weather forecasts that people actually enjoy! The warm weather is here to stay across the country. Speaking of warmer weather, beach season is now here, too. And my beach body was a topic of conversation during the anchor chat on Global Winnipeg.


Here's my on-air schedule at Global for June (all times local). Except this weekend, I will be sports anchoring the early newscasts both Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday and Thursday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Friday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Saturday and Sunday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina and the Maritimes, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Thanks for reading and watching!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Update - More Sports

It's May. Even though it doesn't feel like it weather wise in Eastern Canada. But really, temperatures around 10-12 degrees with sunshine is more than warm enough to enjoy plenty of outdoor activities.

Speaking of, tennis season is now in full swing (ba-dum-cha!). I am playing at two clubs in the GTA this year. I was selected to play on one club's B doubles team, which help with my net game, which is definitely the weakest part of my tennis toolkit.

The goal is to play singles twice a week and doubles once a week from now until Thanksgiving and that will hopefully ensure another big jump in my skill level. Right now, I sit at around a 4.0 on the NTRP scale.

Last month was the CN Tower Climb for Nature. My goal was to break 15 minutes and my final time was 14:58, so I slid in right under the buzzer. I finished second in the Global News competition behind fellow weather guy Ross Hull.

Here's my explanation for what happened during the tower climb.


This month, I will once again be working as a sideline reporter for CrossFit at their East Regional Championship in Albany, New York May 27-29.

I am also playing in a mixed doubles tennis tournament on May 9.

Here's my on-air schedule at Global for May (all times local).

Wednesday and Thursday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Friday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Saturday and Sunday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina and the Maritimes, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Thanks for reading and watching!

Friday, April 1, 2016

April Update - Baseball is Back!

I will get into what lies ahead for the month of April in a moment, but March was an exciting couple of fortnights as well.

It was my first career month in a long time--since probably 2012--that was more writing-related than on-camera related. First, I posted the conclusion to a novella I wrote called The Longest Drive. It's a short-ish story about a professional golfer named Mark Madden who tries to navigate the culture of fame and celebrity after winning the U.S. Open.

I posted the novella in seven parts and you can read it--for FREE--here.

(My baseball novel, 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality is also still available and it's practically free--just 10 bucks)

I also had a couple of meetings regarding some scripts I have written over the years. One project is a sitcom and the pitch includes a treatment and the first two episodes. And the other is a feature-length movie.

It remains to be seen what is going to happen with these writing projects, but I hope to have more updates as the year goes on.

To April now. Not only does the MLB season start this month, but April also marks the month of my birth. Last year, I hit a birthday milestone and I celebrated by performing stand-up comedy at Yuk Yuk's Toronto.





Also this month, I have a couple more sports shifts which will luckily coincide with Masters weekend on April 9 and 10. Getting paid to watch some golf--not too shabby! And on April 17, I will be running up the steps of the CN Tower for WWF-Canada. If you can spare a few extra dollars, I would appreciate a donation for a great cause!

Here's my on-air schedule at Global for April (all times local).

Wednesday and Thursday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Friday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Saturday and Sunday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina and the Maritimes, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Thanks for reading and watching!

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Longest Drive: This is the End


Today marks the final installments of The Longest Drive. Here is Part 6 and Part 7. And Parts 1 through 5 can be found here.

I would love to hear your feedback in the comments section or on Twitter (@MikeGArsenault).

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Update - Vacation and Writing

I wrote a novella a few months ago about golf. Specifically about a fictional golfer named Mark Madden who wins the U.S. Open and then tries to navigate the trappings of fame and celebrity.

The story is divided into seven parts and I've been posting a new selection every Monday. Yesterday, I posted Part 5. At the same link, you can find Parts 1 through 4 if you've missed anything thus far and need to catch up.

In addition to posting this new piece of fiction last month, I was also able to take a little time off and enjoy a week-long vacation in Puerto Rico. Sun, sand, salt water, pina coladas and, most importantly tennis.

The resort had a tennis centre on the grounds. I brought my racket, the weather was great; all I needed were people to play with.

Enter my new friends from Minnesota.




I ended up playing 10 hours of tennis with these guys over 5 days. And they invited me back to their tournament next year--which I hope to attend if my schedule permits. As a thank you for their hospitality, I gave them a couple of copies of my baseball novel (which are still available for purchase).

With the weather warming up, hopefully I can play tennis here at home over the next few weeks.

Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

Here's my on-air schedule at Global for March (all times local).

 Wednesday and Thursday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, and 11 p.m. for the Okanagan Valley

Friday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, 11 p.m. for Toronto, Montreal, and the Okanagan Valley

Saturday and Sunday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina and the Maritimes, 11 p.m. for Toronto, Montreal and the Okanagan Valley

Thanks for reading and watching!