Happy New Year's Eve

by - December 31, 2009

I've been awake since 2:00 a.m.

No, really. I have. And you want to know the best part (perhaps I should say worst part...)? It was on purpose.

And not so I could witness something amazing. You know, like a meteor shower, a cool lightening storm or a blue moon (that's tonight, by the way).

I was awake before the crack of dawn so I could be at work before the crack of dawn. And no matter how you look at it, no matter how far to one side or the other you tilt your head, when the clock says 2:00 a.m. when your alarm goes off it doesn't matter how much sleep you got the night before...your body just doesn't want to wake up.

So I get to work around 3:00 a.m. so I can sit in the booth for the two-hour long morning show. Then once the shows ended (Mr. Food did not stage another take over), I trotted back upstairs to fulfill my duties as Wayne, our cantankerous assignment editor.

Things were looking pretty grim for the planner - New Year's Resolutions story (nobody wants that), Fireworks Safety story (it's been done to death) - and I didn't know what miraculous story would be chosen for the 5:00 and 6:00 leads. Fortunately, the journalism gods smiled on me today and dropped a story right into my lap, and what a story it's turning out to be.

A guy called in, quite breathless I have to say, to report that a gym in downtown Enterprise was on fire. The tip turned out to be true. Lanny's 24 Hour Fitness had caught fire and the blaze was threatening the other businesses that shared its part of the block. So I called Denise (she happens to be stationed there so it was perfect!) and got the ball rolling.

Now we have two reporters in Enterprise: one to cover the "nuts and bolts" of the fire itself and one to cover the fire's impact on other business owners. We've already got pictures and even some video up on our web channel, along with the details we currently have. You can check all that out by clicking here. And of course those of you who just so happen to be in our viewing area can get all the details by tuning in to channel 4. We'll have live updates at 12:00, 5:00 and 6:00.

What a way to end 2009, huh? The last shows of the decade are destined to be a blazing success.


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  1. Looks like staying up until the crack of dawn paid off for once. Kudos on your good luck at profiting off of other people's newsworthy bad luck. Just kidding. :)