Friday, January 1, 2021

January Update: Farewell 2020

Okay, we did it! 2020, a year unlike any other is now behind us. And it's a year that we won't soon forget. 

Yes, 2020 presented challenges for everyone, some much worse than others, but, for me personally, it also included some professional highlights. In last month's post, I promised a look back at the year that was professionally.

Back in my January 2020 post, I wrote out my yearly highlights from the previous decade of my media career. It was a nice way to take stock of what I've been able to accomplish and see the evolution of my broadcast career. So, I will add the 2020 blurb now:

2020 -  Hired as host of Global News Weekend morning show, became a Digital Broadcast Journalist, created and produced The Training Ground series, worked as the Host/MC of virtual award shows and virtual trivia events.

In February, I created a new fitness series at Global called 'Fitness Served Cold', I completely skipped the March update because of the start of the pandemic, and April was the month that Global News Weekend launched.

And Global News Weekend was off and running throughout the spring and summer. The initial plans to have Global News Weekend on broadcast TV in the fall were put on hold. That is now planned for Spring 2021.

I launched 'The Training Ground' monthly series in the spring as well. It has been really enjoyable discovering and learning about different types of careers, competitors and performers. I have some cool interviews lined up for this series in 2021.

Here's my most recent interview with a cardiac surgeon.

In the summer, I
looked at back at 5 years with the Global News/Corus Entertainment family.

At the end of the summer, I reflected on my tennis and golf games. Golf is going to be a major focus for me in 2021. I am doing a deep dive on golf in Canada for a monthly New Year's Resolution series that is going to premiere next week.

Halloween 2020 was an absolute blast on Global News Weekend. I was Tiger King Joe Exotic, Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer.

For 2021, I am looking forward to creating and producing my golf series, creating and producing a series on some Canadian Olympians and seeing Global News Weekend continue to get even better.

A reminder that you can watch Global News Weekend every Saturday and Sunday morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET on the Global TV app, on Amazon Prime Video, and at this link (make sure to click National News).

Thanks for reading and watching!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December Update: Looking Ahead to 2021

Well, the strangest year of our lives is finally, mercifully coming to a close in just a few weeks. I'll have a career-related recap of 2020 in my January post, but I wanted to post a couple of short updates on two bigger features I am working on for next year.

But first, for my November episode of The Training Ground, I was able to interview Canadian PGA Tour Pro Michael Gligic about his 10-year odyssey to get his PGA Tour card.

Staying on the sports front, the Canadian Olympic Team is searching for prospective Olympians in a virtual fitness challenge tastefully named the RBC Training Ground. There are three virtual fitness tests that people age 14-25 can take and, depending on how they do, they can be invited to a camp to see if they excel in a number of Olympic sports for potential selection.

I did a story on the program and obviously had to find out where I stacked up.

With Christmas around the corner, I should suggest a copy of my novel, 60'6": Balls, Strikes and Baseball Mortality, which would make a great stocking stuffer for any sports fan. There are only 10 copies remaining and you can get a signed copy from me at the link above.

Preliminary content plans for 2021 include continuing my Training Ground series on a monthly basis. Later this month, I have an interview with a cardiac surgeon.

I am working on an Olympic series called Training for Tokyo, which will includes features on athletes from different sports. 

I am looking at profiling the fitness requirements to become a member of the Canadian Forces and the RCMP.

And I am developing a year-long New Year's Resolution series that will be golf-related. That's all I can say so far.

You can watch me on Global News Weekend every Saturday and Sunday morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastern on the Global TV App and Amazon Prime Video.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Sunday, November 1, 2020

November Update: Halloween 2020

 Well, I somehow missed last month's update. My aim for monthly posts here has become somewhat lax in 2020. I blame the pandemic.

I was very busy with producing content over the past two months, with a big focus on our Halloween show. With Halloween being on a Saturday this year, it would fall on an actual show date. Both Aalia and I are big fans of Halloween and I wanted to do something big this year that included the entire Global News Weekend team.

We're all big fans of the TV show Parks and Recreation, so I wrote a scene that imagined what would happen if the characters in Parks and Recreation worked on our show:

It turned out really well and everyone did a great job with their roles (even if some took to it grudgingly). The musical part at the end was supposed to be longer until I realized none of us can actually sing and my guitar playing wasn't as good as I'd hoped. 

Aalia and I also dressed up as Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic from Tiger King.

For some non-Halloween content, the October episode of The Training Ground featured Canadian country music stars, The Reklaws.

Thanks for reading and watching!