America’s Birthday Week

At work this week I spent quite a bit of time running the prompter for our shows.  The guy who usually does it, Hunter, got married last week so he is honeymooning!  I also of course got to practice a lot.  Our morning anchor stayed late with me Tuesday morning and recorded some things with me for my tape which was a lot of fun.

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I also found out that Ginger Zee (Good Morning America) and Stephanie Abrams (The Weather Channel) work out at the same bootcamp as I do!  This was pretty cool!

Barry's Bootcamp Rocks

Barry’s Bootcamp Rocks

For the first half of the week, I worked in the mornings and worked out in the evenings then went to bed early… as usual!

Nashville is gorgeous

Nashville is gorgeous

On the 4th of July I went into work for a little bit and recorded a few things.  Then I just drove around for a long time.  It was pouring down rain most of the day so I wasn’t real sure what to do.  I drove around admiring the gorgeous homes, did a little shopping (AKA splurged on some new workout gear) and then I went and saw a movie.  You get a few weird looks as a 20-something by yourself when you walk into Monsters University, but I LOVE Disney movies.  And as I sat watching the previews thinking about how everyone probably thought I was weird for being there, I realized why I love Disney movies.  They are always positive, uplifting, and have a wonderful message.  Monsters U was hilariously accurate about how college life is and was so encouraging.  I love movies that motivate you to believe in yourself.  That’s what our kiddos need to be watching (I’m still a kiddo, right?)

After the movie I came back to my apartment and could not figure out what to do.  The Nashville fireworks have been ranked one of the top shows in all of the U.S.A.  But it had been raining all day, who knew if it would stop long enough.  I finally ended up putting some jeans and a ball cap on and walked down to the riverfront just to see what was going on.  It was still slightly raining, but I mean it’s a once a year event… and I did not want to miss out.  Last week when my family was in town we met a wonderful girl who is very in touch in Nashville.  She had told me to call her and she might could get me into the VIP areas of the celebrations.  And she delivered!  I have no idea how many people were in downtown Nashville, thousands and thousands, it was amazing.  With her special passes we were able to stand front row (in front of the fence!) for The Band Perry’s performance.  And then have drinks/food/ and the best view of the firework display!  It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Thank you SO much Anne Elizabeth!

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

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Fireworks

Fireworks

So much fun!

So much fun!

Friday morning when I woke up it wasn’t raining!! That sounds silly, but I was so excited!  I went over to East Nashville to do a little exploring.  They claim it’s the “hipster” part of town. I had lunch at The Pharmacy, and man was it yummy.  The restaurant had tons of outdoor seating, which is where I opted to sit, the weather was amazing.  Cloudy, about 70 degrees and no wind.  All of the food was locally grown, including the beef.  To be honest, I don’t really know what “hipster” means, but if it means living in a part of town where there are lots of old restored homes and restaurants that serve all local foods…. count me in!

Creamsicle

Creamsicle

Yummy Local Burger and Fries

Yummy Local Burger and Fries

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Time is Flying… Too Fast

Another week has come and gone and my time in Nashville is just going by way too fast.

Over the past week I’ve spent a lot more time working on the green screen, being critiqued on my work, and working some more.  I’m so excited to be learning and working on my resume tape.  My dream of becoming a meteorologist is getting closer every day!  As I continue working on my resume tape I’m realizing how truly blessed I have been so far in my career.  Many students are only able to have one internship before graduation, but my two years at News 9 gave me so much insight into the business and skills I could’ve never learned in school.  And then I think about OU Nightly.  So many times I would leave our college station talking on the phone to my mother about how everything had gone wrong and how hard I had worked for nothing.  But as I take a bigger look at things… It’s been a true blessing.  I’ve had almost four years of experience working in LIVE television, and I’m still in college.  My professors at OU nightly have been the best mentors a girl could ever ask for.  So thankful.

Bob Dickey - OU Nightly

Bob Dickey – OU Nightly

I’ve done a little more sightseeing (mainly restaurant seeing) trying to test everything out.  And then going back to bootcamp to work it all off!  It’s funny how after just 2 full weeks at the new gym I feel accomplished and I’m just truly in love with the people and the workouts.  I’m already contemplating how to get them back to Oklahoma.

Barry's Bootcamp Full Body

Barry’s Bootcamp Full Body

I think I had mentioned before that I have Friday’s off.  Well this past Friday was my first job shadow for the summer.  I left Nashville at 3AM and headed for Memphis.  It turned out to be quite the drive as I had to drive straight through some very heavy storms.  But once I was there, it was all worth it.  I shadowed Ron Childers, I got to the station at 7 that morning.  He had cut-ins to do for the next few hours but he was also doing the noon show that day so I was able to hang out with him in between shows and during the shows.  He had so much advice and was really going out of his way to accommodate me and help with my future.  It means so much when people are willing to do that.  He introduced me to literally every person in the station, it was quite a treat.

Andrew Douglas, Shelby Hays, and Ron Childers WMCTV - Memphis, TN

Andrew Douglas, Shelby Hays, and Ron Childers WMCTV – Memphis, TN

On my way back to Nashville, I was instructed by a sweet friend that I had to stop in this little town for pie.  Small town… and pie…. How could I say no?  It was divine, the picture absolutely doesn’t do it justice.

Yum

Yum

I spent my Friday evening watching the devastation unfold in Oklahoma City as I’m sure most of you did.  I went through so many emotions that evening that I don’t even know how to express them all.  So I will just say this.  NEVER try to outrun a tornado.  Or a storm that could produce a tornado.  You will not win.

I spent Saturday and Sunday resting up for what will be a VERY big week here in Nashville. CMA Fest.  It still doesn’t seem real that I’m actually going to be here for the biggest week in country music!

From Tennessee,
Shelby

First week on the job

Wow, what a week it has been both here in Nashville and back in Oklahoma. I have a lot of feelings/thoughts about everything that happened in my home state this week but I don’t think I’m quite ready to write about them.  Therefore, I’ll stick to the happenings in Nashville for now.

This was my first week at WKRN- News 2 here in Nashville!  A new market, a new city, a new station… so many opportunities to learn.  My wake up call is something that will have to be learned as well… 1 AM.  Yep, that’s right… I’m interning for the morning show.  Some may think that sounds terrible, but morning shows are so much fun.  I had the chance to work with the morning show back in OKC as well, everything is more laid back and your personality truly gets to shine in the morning.  And another positive in my mind for the morning show is that you get to talk more.  With a three hour show I can’t even count how many weather hits there are.

Okay, so Monday I was at the station by 2:30am… it didn’t take near as long to get from my apartment to the station as I had expected.  It was a fun day of meeting everyone and getting a taste of the personality of the station.  They have a web chat during a couple of the commercial breaks during the shows and the anchors welcomed me right in on those the very first day!  I was absolutely not expecting that!  Everyone was so welcoming and friendly, it was such a wonderful day at work.

After staying up nearly all night trying to cope with what was going on in Oklahoma I was back at the station at 3 Tuesday morning.  And I was welcomed by yet another big surprise.  The producer wanted me to be on air… talking about the devastation in Oklahoma.  1: I will never say no to being on air. 2: I will never pass up a chance to brag about Oklahoma. 3: in television, you do whatever your producer wants. So I obviously said yes.  During the 5am and the 6am show one of the anchors and the morning meteorologist interviewed me.  We first just talked about Moore and the devastation and of course the Oklahoma Spirit, then in the second show we talked about tornado precautions…  I had never thought about it, but not everyone has done hundreds of tornado drills in their lives.  So that is what we talked about in the second interview.  This time I not only got to brag about Oklahoma, but about my hometown.  We are so fortunate to have a safe room on the school grounds large enough to hold all the students as well as the rest of the people in town.

News 2 Interview on the 5am show

News 2 Interview on the 5am show

No rest for the weary, back at it Wednesday morning and it was back to learning for me.  Since I have already had such a long internship I already know how to build graphics and get everything ready for a show… Justin, the meteorologist I’m interning for decided I would probably get bored during a three hour show every morning so I have started doing some online learning.  It’s actually pretty cool.  During the show I did a couple of the modules online and then afterwards I got to practice on the green screen for the first time this summer!  I have a lot of learning to do about Tennessee.  I’m so used to talking about the panhandle, southern Oklahoma, and the winds.  Now I have to get used to saying Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau.  Oh, and I’m not in Oklahoma anymore… the wind doesn’t come sweeping down the plains.

My early morning work week is only Monday-Wednesday.  So Wednesday afternoon I did a little exploring.  I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do so I just started driving.  I ended up at a mall, are you surprised?  It was actually really cool, most of the stores I had never heard of and all the sales associates were extremely nice.  I even met some people who had moved out here from Oklahoma.

Today, Thursday I didn’t have to be at the station until 9:30.  Talk about sleeping in!   When I got there I was able to meet the other intern, she will be a senior in the fall as well.  Then we spent some time talking and then just practiced away on the weather wall.  Getting more comfortable every day!  After a little over an hour of that I was done for the week and it was off to the Zoo!

News 2

News 2

News 2

News 2

I was one of the few people there without a stroller, but I loved just being outside and seeing the animals. Then this afternoon it was time for a run…. you know, down to Luke Bryan’s condo.

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo

 

Staring at the city lights,
Shelby