Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New pictures of Miss Minnie

Miss Minnie is now about 40 pounds, so I figure she's about half the size of her adult body. She has lost a lot of her baby teeth, but she still has her fangs!

She can sit, stay, rollover, lay down, and speak. As you can tell, I'm a proud mama...

Does it Work? The Shamwow!

The Shamwow guy got arrested for beating up a prostitute (and surprisingly NOT for shamming people with the above product.) Click here to read.

In the meantime, we tested the Shamwow on KSPR. A big thanks to the Girdner brothers for helping me out!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Changes Coming to KSPR

If you've been reading my Facebook page, I've been talking about changes! The two biggest ones right now--

1) I am going to anchor the 10 p.m. news permanently, starting March 31st.

2) I am leaving the library (boo!) It is basically because of reason #1.

For the last two months, I've been working at the library in the mornings and at KSPR at night. It started getting really hard a couple of weeks ago. Now that my KSPR sked is permanent, I have to adjust accordingly.

Let me just say, I am really going to miss working at the Park Central Library! I have worked there for more than a year now! It is such an awesome place that's staffed by even cooler people. In fact, if I didn't like my job at KSPR so much, I would consider working in the library district. I tell everyone to utilize the library... and perhaps, look there for job opportunities! I will really miss Aleah, Alan, Grace, Greg, Jordan and Cory... but I hope this means we will hang out more during our free time. (I will even miss some of our crazy library experiences-- and with the summer coming, there will be many...Dang!)

As for the KSPR side, Christine will come back and anchor the early evening shows with Joe--that means 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The station has yet to officially announce the Saturday evening anchor.

I will continue anchoring Sunday through Thursday evenings. Chief meteorologist Kevin Lighty and I have the same schedule. I really like working Sunday nights, so I am glad I can still continue to do that.

Anyway, I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity, though Jim always says we make our own luck. However, I hope it will work out for the best, and that people won't be too harsh on me. Christine and Joe are great together on air... they should be, since they're married (!)... but I obviously, can't replicate that. (insert joke, here.)

Our news director, Brad Belote, took some pictures of us while we were shooting our news opens yesterday... they're not really great of me, but for historical purposes, they'll do. :)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Korean BBQ

I'm having a Korean BBQ this week. And I'm so excited about what we're serving... I think I'm going to try to make mung beans on Friday, too. These are so delicious! My favorite thing to order when I go to Soo's!

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Steam Cleaner is a Scream!

Thanks to Grace for her help. She was awesome! The story is a scream!

Click here to see the story!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Minnie, the shoe eater

It is my fault, but Minnie has now destroyed at least five pairs of my shoes. The latest casualty is my favorite pair of Merrells...that I wear at least once a day.

Jim basically found them half-eaten on the kitchen floor yesterday. I left them there because I came home from a board meeting, showered and got ready for my day at KSPR, and then rushed out the door. In all of the chaos, I left my dear, sweet Merrells in the kitchen, where Miss Minnie stays when we're at work. (Her kennel is in there, but this way she can run around a bit.)

Jim gets home earlier than I do. He found them and called me to essentially "tell me so."


By the way, I'm wearing the shoes today, and I don't care. Yeah, I'm WT. Wait, AT.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

KSPR Streams Live!

I am so excited about this.

KSPR is the only station in the Ozarks that streams its newscasts live.

If we're on the air, we'll be streamling live on the web.

I think it's especially important during severe weather-- let's say you're at the library, and you have to take shelter in the back hallway... the staffers can turn on the laptop and watch it LIVE.

I was at Borders during bad weather... they didn't have a TV. They had to use the internet... they were tracking another station, and all they had up was a still shot of the radar. This is so much better!

When it's not streaming live, our channel will show the radar with the National Weather Service updates... you can also watch Storm Stories and other KSPR related material.

If we have bad weather, I'll try to put up the channel on the blog. I wanted to embed it here permanently, but I felt it weighted down the site. Maybe I'll try again another day.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Parade!

I had a blast being a judge for the St. Patrick's Day parade! The floats were great--I wish I had taken more pictures!

Jugglers whizzing stuff too close to my head.

I took a few before the parade started, but once everyone started moving, I didn't have time. Plus, it started raining, so I kept my camera in a nice, dry place.

I love this: The big winners of the St. Paddy's Day parade were from a Mexican Club
and a gay support group.
How awesome!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Does It Work? Smooth Away!

Wow! Another big thank you to our tester Tammy Kirks! She faced the challenge of the Smooth Away...

You know, this is not journalism at its best or anything, but I LOVE THIS STORY. In fact, I think I'll keep it as one of my fave features.

Click here to see Tammy wax on and wax off! Ha!!!

If you write for broadcast or appreciate writing, I like this story because we really have some great characters...and I think good moments. If you notice the reporter track, it's pretty light. And for those editors out there-- it's kind of hard to weave in nats and reporter track on two audio channels with a BETA deck... and I did a lot of backtiming to get the timing down right. I think it's easy to get lost in the story...and that's the trick, right?
Anyway, keep your suggestions coming... what should I test next?? Let me know!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Does it Work? Mighty Mendit!

Hey, I just wanted to say a big thank you to fellow blogger, Anne Brown, who volunteered to test out the MIGHTY MENDIT!!

You can see her story here: http://www.kspr.com/news/local/40904887.html

Mighty Mendit is the product that promises to fix just about anything that would normally require a sewing machine.

Tune in to KSPR News at 10 tonight to see if the Smooth Away works!


Friday, March 06, 2009

Going to California...

I'm finally going to California to visit my birth aunt. The vacation was approved, the airline tickets are booked, and the house is rented.

Now what?

If anyone has any tips on how to get around San Francisco, let me know. My friend, Alan, lived there several years ago, and he's been a hoot...

Now that I think of it, I know three people from three different stations who work in SF... but 2 out of 3 are professional contacts, so probably not going to hit them up for tourist tips. Hmmm...

Anyway, I'm so excited to meet my biological aunt and uncle. She is the sister of my biological mother. I really wish my mom was going with me, but I think this is a good trip for my new hubby. This international adoption stuff is new to him... and I think this trip is a good intro for him, especially since we have plans on visiting Korea this year. Wow!!

In the meantime, if you have any thoughts, let me know.

I told you, I'm already finding out interesting things from them... like, my Korean grandfather having a concubine and stuff. It's a real blessing to have this connection! I am happy.