Monday, April 7, 2014

A Busy Weekend - Seinfeld Trivia and The Race

It was a busy Sunday afternoon in Southern Ontario. Not only did we see glorious sunshine and mild temps, but I was challenged to a 100m footrace by a coworker.

Then last night, I went to a Seinfeld trivia challenge at Kitch Bar in Toronto.

How did I do in both competitions? Check out the video below.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Update

Finally, we're starting to see signs of spring across this great country of ours--except in Atlantic Canada, which got battered by two Nor'easters in a week to end the month of March.

And I have some new developments job-wise at The Weather Network to tell you about, in what is quickly becoming an exciting spring.

Up to this point, my work schedule at The Weather Network has been in a state of constant flux (evidenced by the seemingly random pattern of my schedule in my monthly updates).

Well, that is about to change.

Starting April 14, I will become the Southern Ontario field reporter for the national feed's morning show every Monday and Tuesday morning from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. My weekend schedule has also changed slightly. You'll be able to see me from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday across all five of The Weather Network's feeds.

Basically I have four locked-in shifts per week, running from Saturday to Tuesday, with additional shifts sprinkled in Wednesday through Friday.

Here's 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).

April 1, 3, 4 - 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

April 5 and 6 - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

April 7 and 10 (which is my birthday) - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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

April 12 - 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 13 - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

April 14 and 15 - 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

April 18-20 - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

April 21 and 22 - 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

April 26 and 27 - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

April 28 and 29 - 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Thanks for your support and keep watching!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Winter storm a brewin' for Eastern Canada

A major snow storm is on the way for tomorrow in Ontario and Quebec and Thursday and Friday in Atlantic Canada. Here's a short segment teeing up the storm with some help from the Godfather 3 and supermodels: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/videos/gallery/all/video_gallery/meiday-show-us-your-stormwatchface/sharevideo/3326809688001

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March Update

It doesn't seem like spring is ever going to make an appearance across Canada. February was unbearably cold at times and March is starting out the same way. I was able to get away the last week of February for a quick vacation of sun, sand, tennis, and cycling in South Carolina.

Before I get into my March schedule at The Weather Network I have some career news to share.

In addition to my role as an on-camera presenter, I have recently been given the position of GTA reporter, which means that I will be doing a lot more outside reporting across the GTA in the spring and summer months. I am very excited about this new opportunity.

Here's my March 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).
March 1 and 2 - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

March 8 and 9 - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

March 15 and 16 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

March 17 - 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

March 22 - 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

March 23 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

March 24 - 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

March 29 - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

March 30 - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Review of 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality

The following is a February 2014 review of my debut novel, 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality by Chris Murphy (@chris_m_twn). Chris is the host of The Weather Network's national weekday morning show:

Chasing dreams and falling in love, now who can't relate to that? 

 This is a book about a young man, written by a young man, but not exclusively for young men.
Gord Mattis and Danny Johnson exist on sports teams, in police stations, boardrooms and schoolyards across North America...and for that matter within each one of us.

 The sensible and the brash. The one who must work for every inch and the one for whom everything comes easy. The dedicated philosopher and the gifted bad boy.

Arsenault gives us a look inside what its like to be part of the grind that is minor league baseball. The struggles and the victories. The groupies. The hijinks and bellyhoo. And most importantly, the underpinning insecurity that lies beneath, always a fraction away from sabotaging the dream...be that making it to "The Show" or being with the one you love.

Is the book crude, vulgar and crass? At times, yes. Realistically yes. After all, we are talking about young athletes who have been largely educated between the dugouts.  But this aspect really just nibbles at the corners of the plate.

The core of this book - the strike down the heart of the plate if you will - comes down to dedicating one's life to a dream.  To have the courage to chase that dream.  The ups and downs. The distractions and  pitfalls. And ultimately, coming to terms with knowing one just may not be good enough.

Gord Mattis may not have made it to the big leagues, but he is no failure. He's no saint either, which makes it so believable.  Had this book been written by an older man, recalling his "prime" when the "sky was the limit" likely would've over romanticized and thus made the book not nearly as compelling.

Arsenault is just close enough to recall, and just far enough to reflect. 

60'6":Balls, Strikes and Baseball Mortality reads much the way Gord pitches and courts his love interest Kim. Occasionally wild, more often intelligent and when need be...delivers a shot of pure gas.

To buy a signed copy of my novel, click here.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Celebrating a First Anniversary and a Look at Year 2

February 1st marks my first anniversary at The Weather Network. It seems like just yesterday that I was embarking on my initial training schedule and now I've had the opportunity to explain pretty much every type of Canadian weather pattern to a national audience. Time does certainly fly when you're having fun.

I put together a selection of clips from 2014 to commemorate this first anniversary (with hopefully many more to come!):


Here's 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 1 and 2 - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

February 3 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

February 5 and 6 - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

February 8 and 9 - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

February 12-14 - 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

February 15 and 16 - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

February 17-19 - 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

February 22 and 23 - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013: A Year in Review

The past twelve months have been quite a whirlwind for me career-wise.

I started 2013 being transferred from the now defunct K-W Review and Guelph Review--where I managed the editorial operations of both newspapers' print editions and websites before both publications ceased operations in December 2012--to the Woodstock Sentinel-Review where I worked as a multimedia journalist.

Book sales for my novel, 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality have been steady (feel free to order a copy from my website), and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. My second novel is finished and I'm currently searching for a literary agent for representation.

I was only in Woodstock--commuting from my apartment in Kitchener--for three short weeks before I accepted an on-camera presenter position with The Weather Network. I moved to Toronto's west end at the end of the summer.

I can unequivocally say that my 11 months working at The Weather Network have been the most enjoyable of my career (my one-year anniversary is February 1st). The job is fun (even with some 2 a.m. wakeup calls!), the people I work with are great, and the work is extremely rewarding.

My (almost) year has absolutely flown by. Here are some of my highlights, with hopefully many more to come (clips from my first year at The Weather Network can be viewed at the 'Weekly Videos' and 'Demo Reels' links):

- my first shift, which thankfully didn't include any YouTube-worthy gaffes or mistakes

- winter storm coverage live from the Nation's capital

- 10 hours of live, in-studio coverage during the devastating May tornado in Moore, Oklahoma

- flying in a prop plane at the CNE air show

- live thunderstorm coverage in the Waterloo Region

- reporting from my hometown of Oshawa for the GTA morning show and bringing my grandparents on camera

- spending Friday the 13th at Port Dover for the motorcycle rally

- skiing at Mt. St. Louis Moonstone for the GTA morning show

I will be spending New Year's Eve and New Year's Day on-camera at The Weather Network, so be sure to tune in as we say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014.