"I watch you every morning."
This is a sentence I hear often from viewers, but it wasn't until recently that I realized the depth of that statement.
Like many of you, I grew up watching the local news. I grew up in Mansfield, Ohio so I often watched the news out of Columbus. I referred to NBC4's meteorologist Jym Ganahl as my 'boyfriend' when I looked up the forecast (which is ironic because I ended up marrying a meteorologist) and I considered WBNS anchor Andrea Cambern a role model.
I moved out of Ohio almost ten years ago, and I still remember the names of newscasters I grew up with.
Last week, when a nice lady at the grocery store shouted those five words at me while we pushed our carts past each other, I quickly glanced over my shoulder to make eye contact and thank her. But it wasn't until I started unloading groceries into the car that I began to process her words, "I watch you every morning."
Knowing there are viewers who really do watch every morning—some who even DVR the show—is downright humbling. So this blog post is dedicated to you, loyal viewers.
You’ve heard the phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Along those lines, it takes a community to grow a show. When Nick and I moved to Twin Falls, we were tasked with creating a morning show in a town we knew absolutely nothing with a newsroom and crew who were complete strangers to us. The kicker? We had four weeks to do it. To make matters worse, our first day on-air was the first day of the November ratings period. Our second day on-air was Election Day. If you work in news, you know the importance of those two days.
I can honestly tell you that Nick and I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we took the job. I remember sitting in a Twin Falls hotel room with all our belongings parked outside in a U-Haul and our then 18-month old screaming while Nick and I brainstormed a name for the show. In that single, stressful moment, Rise and Shine was born.
That first winter was one of the worst this area had seen in years. Our bare bones morning crew was still trying to get used to each other when we were further challenged with breaking news, severe weather and school closings and delays.
Somehow, we all survived. And somewhere along the way, we picked up viewers. Loyal viewers who weigh in on Facebook every day, notice when we get a haircut and give us a hug when they see us in public.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—our viewers (and our amazing crew!) make the show. So here’s to you, viewers! Thank you for taking a chance on us and for letting us into your home every morning. We appreciate each and every one of you!