As my colleague Nathan promised, we will be blogging on a weekly basis. Unlike my colleague Nathan, I'm not going to give you the western civilization's history of the "blog" rather just tell you it's an opportunity I'll use to take you inside the inner workings of my job.
In a very brief broadcasting career, I'm probably best described as versatile. I have experience as a news anchor, a news reporter, a sports anchor, a color commentator, a talk show host, and a hand model (I made the last one up....or did I?). No matter what hat I need to wear on a given day, I can always rely on one variable....the unexpected. Now it's how you handle the unexpected that makes or breaks you. Still not sure if I'm broken over this luchador thing, but we'll get to that in a second.
I'll be writing my first blog in a timeline format, because that just seems like more fun right now.
Episode I: The "El Presentador"
2:45am: After only an hour of good sleep, the shrill sound of my iPhone alarm radiates through my room. A sound that is best described as a piercing/pulsating beep that never really awakens, but rather startles. It is in a matter of seconds I recall my commitment to fill in for Ron Terrell on Daybreak (our morning show, which starts at ). Of course even the most well groomed males really only need a half hour to get ready....Snooze button it is.
: When sleep is a bargaining chip, my brain can talk me out of anything....Snooze button it is.
: Snooze button it is...see above for explanation.
: I come to the realization as I do every morning that snooze sleep is ineffective, it's like taking too many breaks in between sets at the gym...occasionally things just need to be uninterrupted to actually work. I'm awake, confident in my ability to be out the door showered, shaved, and smelling somewhat decent by . I'll save my entire bathroom routine for another blog.
: Pretty damn close to my guarantee. En route to the station.
The benefit to starting my work day a good two and a half hours before sunrise? A scheduled interview with a couple of luchadors (Mexican wrestlers) who were promoting Luchapalooza, a giant outdoor wrestling event held every year in downtown Tulsa. The idea, albeit a good one, was for the luchadors to show up in character and wrestle me in studio. Not only am I committed to making this segment work, but also very concerned about getting slammed and breaking parts of our new set into shiny little pieces (which would of course still look good in HD).
My co-anchor for the morning Kristin Tallent, was already giddy about me potentially getting my tail kicked on live television.
The Daybreak broadcast is a marathon, close to four hours of content. But it's something I really enjoy doing,
Fast forward 3 hours and we're only about twenty minutes from the lucha libre bit, and I find out they are bringing me a mask to wear. Thanks to a few viewers tweeting in, I have plenty of option for a luchador name.
JT's luchador name choices:
-El Toro Mas Macho
-The Frito Bandito
-Top Rope Tamale
I went with "El Presentador" which apparently is the closest translation to "Anchorman".
What happened next, fortunately or unfortunately (I'll let you judge for yourself), is without question the most ridiculous thing I've ever been a part of. I channeled my inner Ric Flair, and the rest is history.
Hope you checked out Luchapalooza, and yes I put my money on "The Grasshopper."