5/4/2012 9:16:00 AM
Today ends 2 weeks of anchoring the 630 CHED Afternoon News. Having said yesterday that I'm exhausted from doing it I have to say that I'm sad to see my anchoring duties come to an end. Around about 5 o'clock yesterday I realized I actually was getting pretty good at doing it. It's all about getting into a routine.
The biggest stress comes from thinking about filling 3 hours with content without Primeau there to catch me when I fall. A solid hour of show prep in the morning and an increased confidence in being prepared makes that stress all but disappear. A coffee with my wife before I leave for the studio helps get me comfortable with the topics and is my first gauge of where the conversation might go on air. Hi-liting the statistics or that perfect quote helps me find the information I want in the middle of a sentence. Arriving 30 minutes earlier than usual to chat with my co-host about the show and opening on all the tools like texting, Facebook, Twitter, weather reports, news feeds and network files and I start to feel marginally more confident. Remembering to do mic and headphone checks spares you from the panic that comes with finding out on-air that you have a problem. A quick check for prize sheets and you're ready to go.
Learning from your mistakes isthe next big thing.
Last week I learned that listening to the station you're on helps avoid awkward situations like laughing as you come back from a tragic news story.
I learned Wednesday that if you print all your notes out in the morning and then check to see that they printed you won't find yourself scrambling to find a new print cartridge when you should be driving to a remote.
Thursday I learned that guests in the studio don't know when the mics are live so remembering to give them a quick tutorial spares everyone a lot of grief.
After that it's just pushing buttons.