Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Update - More East, Less West

I mentioned in last month's update that I am now presenting the weather on a new station, Global News Durham, which is appropriately based in Durham Region in Southern Ontario. It's my hometown station and it's a blast to do the weather a little closer to where I grew up.

Here's a chat from earlier in the month with Global News Durham's anchor, Lindsay Dunn, where we discuss baseball, biking, and Bob Seger.


As the title of this post alludes, my schedule has undergone some more changes that officially take effect this month.

During the week, I will no longer be presenting the weather in the prairies (Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon). Instead, my focus will be on Eastern markets. That means that I will be on the 11 p.m. newscast Wednesday through Sunday in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Fredericton.

However, I will still be delivering forecasts in the prairies on weekends.

So, my updated scheduled is as follows (all times local):

Wednesday through Friday - 5 p.m. newscast for Durham, 11 p.m. for Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Fredericton.

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Update - Baseball Talk and a Homecoming

Luckily for me and my love of baseball, my week filling in on the morning show last month coincided with the Toronto Blue Jays squaring off against the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS.

Obviously, the Jays' second consecutive ALCS appearance was a major news story that we covered quite in-depth during my morning show week. 

That also meant lots of opportunity to discuss the Jays during the show and allowed me to showcase some baseball knowledge.

Here is a selection of clips culled together from that week (plus some Leafs stuff from a fill-in sports shift at the end of the month).


Keeping with the baseball theme, there are still a very limited number of copies of my baseball novel, 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality, if you are so inclined.

And there's been another change to my schedule at Global, but this one brings my broadcasting career full circle.

Starting tomorrow, I will be presenting the weather on the brand-new Global News Durham (formerly Channel 12), which is based in my hometown of Oshawa. Back in 2010, I unsuccessfully applied for a position with Channel 12 (I was admittedly too green then).

Now I will be delivering the weather on Global News Durham Wednesday through Friday at 5 p.m. It's pretty to cool to say that, in addition to the other markets in which I present the weather, I will be on-camera in my hometown.

So, my updated scheduled is as follows (all times local):

Wednesday - 5 p.m. newscast for Oshawa, 6 p.m. for the Maritimes, 10 p.m. for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Thursday -  5 p.m. newscast for Oshawa, 6 p.m. for the Maritimes, 10 p.m. for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Friday - 5 p.m. newscast for Oshawa, 6 p.m. for the Maritimes, 10 p.m. for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon, 11 p.m. for Toronto, Montreal and the Maritimes

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

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

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Update - More Morning Shows

I had a blast filling in on the Global Toronto morning show for a week last month. It was actually the first time I had to set an alarm to wake up since leaving The Weather Network over a year ago (one of the underrated benefits to working nights!).

Although the lack of sleep was painful at times, working the morning show was a nice change of pace. There was less of a weather focus during my on-air segments and more of an opportunity to showcase personal opinion and personality.


I posted a number of segments from my time on the morning show to my Facebook Page. Check out the page and be sure to like it to get all of my career updates.

And I'm not finished on the morning show either. I will be filling once again for a week this month. Be sure to tune in October 17 to 21 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. if you live in Ontario. I will also post clips from that week to my Facebook page.

I mentioned last month that there has been a change to my normal schedule. In addition to my regular duties, I am now responsible for the 6 p.m. weather updates for Global Halifax and Global New Brunswick.

So, here's my schedule for September (all times local).

Wednesday - 6 p.m. newscast for the Maritimes, 10 p.m. for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Thursday -  6 p.m. newscast for the Maritimes, 10 p.m. for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Friday - 6 p.m. newscast for the Maritimes, 10 p.m. for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon, 11 p.m. for Toronto, Montreal and the Maritimes

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

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


Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Update - CrossFit Video and More Work

I'm mostly likely in the minority with this opinion, but I am actual looking forward to the cooler spring season (but not much cooler--if every day could be 25 degrees, I would be a happy man).

The city of Toronto has seen over 30 days of temperatures over 30 degrees this spring and summer and, for me, it's just a little bit too much. Especially since I play a lot of tennis. Tennis in over 30 degrees is not very enjoyable. Plus, later this month, I will be playing in my tennis club's season-ending singles championship.

So, cooler, fresher air is definitely encouraged.

I was able to cull together a selection of clips from my sideline reporting and athlete interview work at The CrossFit Games in Carson, California.



There has been a change to my schedule at Global as well. In addition to my regular duties, I am now responsible for the 6 p.m. weather updates for Global Halifax and Global New Brunswick.

Also, I will be working on the morning show in Toronto for five days in September (September 8, 9, 12, 13, 14) instead of the evening newscasts.

So, here's my schedule for September (all times local).

Wednesday - 6 p.m. newscast for the Maritimes, 10 p.m. for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Thursday -  6 p.m. newscast for the Maritimes, 10 p.m. for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Friday - 6 p.m. newscast for the Maritimes, 10 p.m. for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon, 11 p.m. for Toronto, Montreal and the Maritimes

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

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

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!