When I was a kid, I never really thought about the folks on TV other than just that…folks on TV.
As I grew older, into high school, I knew by then there was a studio and all that and I tried to imagine what it was like.
When I was in college, it became evident that an internship would be a good idea given the line of work I wanted to go into.
The process of trying to intern at a TV station is usually pretty straightforward.
You simply contact the station, they provide the guidelines and if it’s a good match, poof…you’re an intern.
Sounds easy, right?
Well for me, at least, it wasn’t so easy.
I went to school at the University of Oklahoma so I contacted the 4 stations in Oklahoma City for internships.
Only one station replied: KWTV.
They invited me to come in and talk with the gentleman I would be interning with.
Despite my nerves, it went really well, and they said I would be contacted whether I was chosen or not.
After a week of hearing nothing, I called the station and got in contact with Susan Ghere, who was the assistant to the Chief Meteorologist, Gary England.
I spoke with Susan since Gary was the one who made the decisions on internships.
She apologized for me not hearing anything and said she would call back after speaking with Gary.
Another week went by.
Another phone call to the station with no decision made.
And then two more weeks went by.
I called for what I had set in my mind as the last time four weeks after the initial interview.
I spoke with Susan again, and again she apologized.
But this time it was different.
She apologized, but also said she admired my tenacity and to hold on the line.
She wasn’t going to let me go until she had a decision for me.
I was on hold for a few minutes when she popped back on the line and said, “It’s yours. Congratulations!”
I was stunned…and nervous too.
I had never stepped into a television studio until the first day of my internship.
I got to the station, and saw my first TV studio.
It was a lot more spacious than I had imagined.
I met the meteorologist, Brady Brus, and I started the first day of my internship.
A few months later, Brady left and I began to intern with Jed Castles.
This guy was…and still is…awesome.
I learned a lot from this guy.
I also learned a lot getting to work alongside Gary England as well.
For those of you that don’t know, Gary England is a legend in the weather world.
For me, getting the opportunity to work with Gary and Jed, was invaluable.
They both taught me so many things: forecasting, working on the weather wall, severe weather coverage, creating weather graphics, etc.
But perhaps the best thing I learned from them was something they didn’t “teach.”
In getting to work alongside them for my internship, I watched how they carried themselves both on and off the air.
They were the same whether they were in front of a camera or out having lunch.
They spoke to everyone like they were their best friend…important.
They pretty much always had a smile on their face.
What I’m trying to say is they were themselves at all times.
There was no fake TV persona.
They were funny when there was a time for it.
They were serious when the weather called for it.
They were genuine.
I learned a lot from these two.
I learned to just be myself, and it has carried me a long way.
I could never thank them enough for that.