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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: A Year in Review

Well, we can put another year in the books. 2014 is in the rearview, but before we look ahead to 2015, I just want to take a moment to recap some of the highlights over the past 12 months.

I am approaching my two-year anniversary at The Weather Network (February 1)and this past year has been even better than the first. In addition to working in studio covering every type of weather this great country has to offer, I took on the role of field reporter as well.

Field reporting has taken me all over Southern Ontario and Quebec reporting on not just the weather, but weather-related topics and some news stories as well. Last January I was in Windsor braving a -40 wind chill and, last month, I was in Montreal for four days reporting in a big snowstorm.

The snowstorm in Montreal took place at the same time as the great Jean Beliveau's funeral. Here is a short clip I filmed before the service.

 
In addition to live coverage of active weather, I've also put together feature stories on a variety of topics (for examples, check out the Video Links tab). In terms of news stories, I covered Corporal Nathan Cirillo's funeral procession in Hamilton and the Remembrance Day ceremonies from our nation's capital.
 
And I was hired by CrossFit Media on a freelance basis back in May to be the sideline reporter for their Canada West regional competition in Vancouver. To see weather, sports, and news clips from 2014, check out the Demo Reels tab.
 
What's in store for 2015?
 
Well, details are not finalized, but it appears as though I may be doing some travelling across the country in January for The Weather Network. I will have more information about this in the coming weeks, but after I'm finished the trip, I will have, in my life thus far, visited every province but Newfoundland.
 
Also, I am expecting to work on a freelance basis once again for CrossFit Media at their regional competition in Seattle at the end of May.
 
And 2015 will have a renewed focus on my part on my writing projects. I have one novel published, with two others that I am currently shopping to literary agents and publishers. I also have a film script I am working to get optioned.
 
Thanks for reading over the past year, hopefully a lot more good news to share over the NEXT 12 months!


Monday, December 1, 2014

December Update - Do They Know It's Christmas?

It's December which means I am fully embracing the Christmas spirit. I have my car radio on a non-stop Christmas music station (my favourite Christmas song is included in the title) and I've started watching all of the traditional Christmas movies as well (my two favourite Christmas movies are It's A Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation).

And if you're looking for a last-minute gift for someone, I am selling copies of my novel, 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality for half price on this website. Click here to read the first three chapters and to purchase a copy.

I travelled to Ottawa in November for the Remembrance Day ceremonies from our Nation's Capital and, while in Ottawa, I put together a story on military operations and weather at the National Defence Headquarters.


Also in November, I reported on the first snowfall of the season for Southern Ontario. That led to my inclusion in a full-page article in The Toronto Star.

Here's a look at my December 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).

December 1 and 2 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

December 6 - 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

December 8 and 9 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

December 15 and 16 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

December 22 and 23 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

December 29 and 30 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Update - Trip to Ottawa

October ended with flurries in Southern Ontario and I was in the thick of it. I was reporting from my hometown of Oshawa during trick-or-treating hours and it was COLD.

Part of it is my fault since I wasn't dressed appropriately. In fact, I was dressed like below. Gaston from Beauty and the Beast--I think I nailed it.



November is going to be a busy month. For me, it's going to include a trip to Eastern Ontario for The Weather Network to cover the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

October also included the toughest assignment I've ever had to cover at this point in my broadcasting career. I was live from Hamilton covering the funeral procession for Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was killed at the National War Memorial on October 22. It was a day of extreme sadness and it was very difficult to maintain composure during TWN's broadcast.

Remembrance Day is definitely going to be a tough, emotional day for all those in attendance and those at home watching from across the country.

Here's a look at my November 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).

November 1 and 2 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 3 and 4 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

November 8 and 9 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 10-12 - Eastern Ontario Trip (times will vary)

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

November 17 and 18 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

November 22 and 23 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 24 and 25 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

November 29 and 30 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.