Life of Me V

by - October 21, 2010

It's AP awards week, which basically means that I want my shows to be bright spots in the haze that is news.

Everyone has been working extra hard, over-thinking things that should be standard and trying to cram an hour's worth of material into 30 minutes all in an effort to pull off something close to perfect.

Sounds good in theory, right? The reality of the situation, though, is that when it all boils down to it everyone is trying too hard and therefore things go wrong.

Take Wednesday... the 6:00 looked great on air, but the talent couldn't talk! Overall it was an amusing show. How could it not be when the main anchor mispronounces the same word three times... the weatherman calls a tropical storm by the wrong name... and the sports guy says 'wivalwy week' and 'sexteen'?

It would be nice to win an award, though.

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  1. That's so typical, Ashton. When the on air personnel know that you're trying to get a clean show in the can and submit it for an award their brains turn to mush. I had many shows like that. Then, when you least expect it, the stars allign and you wind up with a perfect show.

    Over time I compiled several shows that were good enough to go on my resume reel. Those newscasts, which included our wacky weatherman wearing moose antlers on his head during the entire weather segment, eventually provided me with escape velocity, allowing me to move on to better opportunities and higher pay in larger markets.

    There comes a time when each of us must decide how far we are willing to go to advance our careers. It can be difficult and painful to leave family, friends and your hometown behind and move to another state or region of the country. I made a thousand mile leap that landed me a producing job in a top 10 market. I didn't know anybody and it was scary at first, but it was a growth experience and I'm glad I made the move when I did.

  2. It figures, whenever people try to do things to overcompensate for awards or things, they usually don't think like they normally would, so stuff goes amiss.

    But, hey, what are you gonna do, right?

  3. If I'm not mistaken, at least one of my shows was chosen to be considered. Possibly both.