2013 AMS Broadcast Conference

Last week I had the awesome opportunity to attend the 41st American Meteorological Society Broadcast Conference… yeah long name.  My friend Olivia flew out to Nashville to attend with me!  She just got her first job doing weather in Macon, GA!  Big props to her!  But anyways she flew out late Tuesday and I took her down to broadway to hear some music and grab some BBQ.

Wednesday the conference began and we were able to hear James Spann give the opening talk.  For those of you who do not know him, he’s the Chief Meteorologist at the ABC affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama.  And for my Oklahoman’s, he’s the Gary England of this area.  Check him out on twitter @spann he has over 100,000 followers.  His talk was about the lessons learned from the Tuscaloosa tornadoes. And let me tell you… It was motivating.  I had chills through most of his talk. Oh and by the way…. I get to go down to Alabama and do a job shadow with him next week!  We listened to talks and demonstrations all day, it was a fantastic learning opportunity!  I also finally got to meet Carrie Rose.  She was an intern for Gary England back in 2004 and then began working for him.  We’ve kept up with each other over the past few years since I’m sort of following in her foot steps, but it was fantastic to finally get to meet her!

Carrie Rose

Carrie Rose

Olivia and I went out to lunch… I took her to my favorite restaurant here in Nashville, Whiskey Kitchen.  Seriously everything I have tried there is fantastic!  But while we were out to lunch I saw a tweet from Carrie…. Gary England, himself snuck into the conference and was doing a talk during lunch.  I was so sad to think that I had missed him.  Luckily, he came back!  It’s pretty cool to look up to someone for so long… work for them, and still love them!  Getting to see Gary was fantastic, and take a look at this photo!

Shelby Hays, Gary England, Carrie Rose, Gary Lezak

Shelby Hays, Gary England, Carrie Rose, Gary Lezak

Gary’s intern gang!  You all know I interned, well Carrie interned back in 2004 and Gary Lezak in 1988.  Such a fun group of people and I’m so thankful to have them all as mentors now!

Thursday was fantastic as well with many many informational talks. I also got to meet a lot more people, meteorologists from Colorado to Wisconsin. Fantastic people!  And also got to meet Mike Bettes from the weather channel and hear his story about how he got caught in the El Reno tornado.  Quite scary.  So happy the conference just happened to be in Nashville while I was here.  Definitely something I plan to attend in the future!

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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

Sirius XM The Highway

One of the top things on my Nashville to do list was to find a way to get into the Sirius XM studios.  And we did it!

Storme Warren

Storme Warren

On Friday – My parents, Chance, and I all got to meet Storme Warren and tour The Highway Studio.  I knew he was an OSU fan, but I didn’t know why… turns out he use to live in Oklahoma!  So not only are we both Okies, he’s actually a meteorologist as well!  I had no idea, but as soon as I told him why I was in Nashville he couldn’t wait to start talking about the weather!

On air

On air

Storme let Chance and I chat with him on air during the Hot 30 Live, which broadcasts worldwide, it was awesome!

Ready to go live

Ready to go live

From Tennessee,
Shelby