Farewell Nashville

I keep saying it, but I just can’t believe how fast this summer has gone by!

I spent Sunday on a farewell tour with Anne Elizabeth, one of the sweetest people I have ever met.  She picked me up and we went to Urban Grub down in 12South for brunch.

French Toast @ Urban Grub

French Toast @ Urban Grub

Then we were off to the Arrington Vineyards for a wine tasting.  The vineyard is owned by Kix Brooks!  The wine was fantastic, but nothing could beat the views.

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards

Anne had seriously thought of everything that I couldn’t leave Nashville without seeing. Next we went to the Historic Downtown Franklin.  The homes were so gorgeous, I just love little areas that have been preserved like that and there seem to be a lot in Tennessee!

Downtown Franklin

Downtown Franklin

Next stop was a master planned community, like Seaside near Destin, FL.  The community is built so that if you don’t want to you never have to leave.  They have doctors, dentists, grocery stores, a pool and clubhouse, and everything you could need right there!  Such a neat idea, and the homes were absolutely gorgeous!

Westhaven

Westhaven

So many people had told me about the Loveless cafe, but I knew it was a little ways out of Nashville, and everything I read talked about how long the wait was to dine there.  So I never ventured down there, until Sunday!  We saw the pretty Natchez Trace Bridge and then made a pitstop at the Loveless Cafe!

Loveless Cafe

Loveless Cafe

We stayed busy, as I’m sure you are thinking right now…. Anne knows how much I love the show Nashville, so we went by the country club and she pointed out the house that is used as Rayna’s house on the show, and also her father’s house!  I just think it’s so awesome that the whole show is filmed in Nashville!

Rayna's Gate

Rayna’s Gate

And as if the day hadn’t already been absolutely awesome, our next stop was a Jana Kramer concert.  I joked on our way over that I bet Brantley Gilbert would be there too, since they’re engaged.  We hadn’t been there ten minutes and were walking around… turned a corner and there they both were just talking!  It was so cute he sat right beside the stage just bobbing his head through her whole concert!

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer concert

Jana Kramer concert

The perfect ending to the perfect farewell tour of Nashville was dinner at Virago.  The best view of the city with the sweetest Nashvillian ever!

Nashville

Nashville

With Anne!

With Anne!

So thankful to have met her and spent this wonderful day saying goodbye to Nashville.  Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on this journey, it’s definitely been a summer I will never forget!

For the last time….
From Nashville,
Shelby

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

Welcome to Nashville

I’ve always loved Nashville, so when I got the chance to move here for an internship it was a dream come true.

My parents and my sweet boyfriend offered to help me move.  We made the 10 hour drive Monday and Tuesday and immediately started exploring when we got here.  I’m getting to stay in a high rise apartment complex right in the heart of Downtown Nashville.  It’s definitely a little different than Velma, Oklahoma.  After we got moved in we headed straight for Broadway.  Lunch at Rippy’s was BBQ, live music, and open windows  The weather is gorgeous, sunny and in the low to mid 80s.  After lunch we went to Tootsie’s, my dad’s favorite place in Nashville.

Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Wednesday I got to go to the station for the first time and meet Justin, the morning meteorologist I will be working with.  It was quite a treat, the studio is gorgeous and everyone was extremely friendly.  I’m obviously way excited to get started next week!  Then it was time to get some groceries, as you can imagine my dad was calling me constantly saying “I’m hungry, I’m hungry!”  photo%203We all piled in my car and went to the Farmer’s Market, I had done some research and couldn’t wait to get my groceries there.  Fresh strawberries (to die for) jellies, pickles, everything you could need.  After getting everything back up to my apartment (I park 6 floors below ground) it was back to Broadway for more live music!  But, of course we had to make it back to my apartment in time to watch Nashville, the TV show!

Since we finally had groceries we had breakfast at home Thursday morning then it was off to explore!  We toured Vanderbilt and Belmont then did a little shopping.  We met a really nice sales associate at the mall who gave me an entire list of restaurants to try all around the city. We took his advice and went to the 12 South area to Burger Up.  It’s in a super trendy “up and coming” part of town.  The beef was all local and they made everything themselves including the ketchup!  I apologize if you get hungry reading this, we did a lot of eating out this week.  We had dinner downtown at Merchants, it was by far the most delicious place we’ve had in Nashville so far!  Then it was time for a carriage ride through downtown with all the lights…

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Burger Up

From Tennessee,
Shelby Hays