For safety sake with my remote operation I begin work a little early, around 2:00 PM EDT. That gives me three hours to prepare forecasts for Connecticut and my stations in Nebraska. Though there were a few 100º+ readings in Nebraska today, the forecasts for there and Connecticut were fairly easy.
We have lots of computer help nowadays, but those are always my words on the screen.
My TriCaster control room has not been thrilled with the new tasks I’ve asked it to perform. It takes extra time to make sure everything runs close to smoothly. I am constantly worried something that worked an hour ago won’t work now! It’s happened.
I’m on a 10 second live tease at 4:30, then record a few additional teases that run during prime time. I even get to say “Don’t go to sleep yet.”
Five to six thirty is news time. I do seven hits — long and short.
At six thirty I record my cuts for Nebraska (where it’s still 5:30). The first of those runs at the top of-the-hour, so there is a deadline.
Tonight I finished Nebraska, walked upstairs, washed my makeup off and went to bed. I slept around 90 minutes. I needed it.
I was in the studio at 9:00 to begin updates and prep. Phil Zocco and I ran a quick test of my gear at 9:30. He calls me Fox. He always has.
2,492 miles away and it works! My studio is partially powered by magic.
From 10:00 to 11:35 it’s news time. I’m on often. In between each hit the TriCaster is adjusted for its next playout.
I left the studio tonight as the news ended, walked upstairs and changed to pajamas. If there’s a prize for first News 8 employee in PJs, I win!
“It’s like coming out of chemo,” I told Helaine as I came back downstairs. “It’s like Sunday afternoon when the effects are starting to go away.”
My whole body is exhausted. It’s not a sleep tired (though I’d fall asleep in a second). It’s an everything tired.
I remember a similar situation when I started back on News Channel Nebraska after my Whipple surgery. The first week or two was taxing before I regained strength.
Chemo ended on the 22nd, just two weeks ago. I finished my treatments anemic. It’s going to take a while. You can’t just wish yourself strength.
Meanwhile, the rush of being back on Channel 8 is letting me forget about the fatigue while I’m in the studio. It’s all very cool. I’m enjoying the hell out-of-it.
Thanks for taking the ride with me.