Saturday, May 27, 2006

Flipping To Hoops

Also watching Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat taking on the Detroit Pistons. Wade went to my alma mater so I'm pulling pretty hard for him to win a title as he is a huge reason Marquette has returned to the national college basketball spotlight.

Update: Wade had an amazing game... 35 points on 13 out of 17 from the field... 9 for 11 from the line, 8 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block... and a reference to Marquette on Sports Center.

Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles is on now...

They don't make movies like John Hughes used to...

Making His Mark

Lost in the shuffle for me, as TV announcements go, was the addition of Mark Welp to the WHOI team. He has previously worked at WICD and KMIZ in addition to interning at two stations in Chicago. A belated welcome to Mark and his family.

My Best Friend's Wedding

We're watching my Best Friend's Wedding as a family tonight. Shannon reminds our oldest that this was the movie I took her to on our first date. Of course tonight we're watching it amidst crying, screaming and fighting.

My little girl chimes in that "she's getting married" and I will walk her "down the island."

24

For those of you watching 24... yes, I was still into it this season. In fact, it has been about the only thing I've been able to keep up with.

I was kind of disappointed in the season finale... the first hour was pretty good, but I saw the ending coming a mile away and the first four seasons had me pretty on edge and itching for more. I'm still looking forward to next season, but there wasn't as much shock value for me this time around.

Tot Soccer

My two older kids have started playing soccer too. It's pretty neat to watch... seeing them run around like little bumblebees. I loved seeing the joy on their faces as they kicked these tiny little balls around the field.

People around town ask me about having them play... because of my family background and cause I'm a coach. My stance on this is I'll teach them the basics and if they want to play... that's great and if they want to do something else that's great too. I just want to make sure I don't become one of those parents that pushes and pushes... you know the kind you see on those cable documentaries that you shake your head at. I'm embracing the fact that my kids might not be as competitive as I am.

Airwaves Back In Action

The Airwaves have taken to the field a little earlier this year. While our main league is the Peoria Park District league, this year we've joined the new SFC/Mossville co-ed league.

We lost our first game 6-4. We were missing both our goalies and I choked away two breakaways, so it could have been closer. We'll find our rhythm soon enough.

Back To My Roots...

Well, not all the way...

I'm going back to TV... but not broadcast. Starting July 1st I'll be moving back into the television group at work. I'll also do some writing, on camera and voiceover work.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

New Main Anchor At WHOI

WHOI will soon be getting a new main anchor. Tim McGinnis comes from WSAV in Savannah, Georgia, where he has worked for the last 10 years as a photographer, reporter and finally weekend anchor. He has won several awards for his work, including an AP award for “Best Documentary” for his reporting work in Kuwait. My friend Christine has this to say about Tim:

"Tim is such an incredible news hound and I know he will be such an asset to Peoria. Tim has done it all--I think he could run a newsroom by himself! From photography to editing to reporting to anchoring he's done it all and excelled at everything he attempts. It's great to hear stories of real journalists succeeding--those are the types of people I want to see on the news. Some one who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to tell what matters. He's not one of those anchors who always wanted to be a actor but didn't think they could make it -- he's a true journalist."

Tim is married and has a baby boy. His first day will be June 14th, but his on air debut won't be until Monday, June 19th. He replaces Paul Ferrante who has moved on to Phoenix.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Soccer Season Ending

My two and a half months of early mornings is coming to an end soon. My Pekin girls soccer team wraps up its regular season on Thursday with a senior night match against Woodruff.

We're 5-9-1 this year... not bad considering we only returned two starters from last year.

Amanda Switches Gears

Former WHOI news director Amanda Wozniak has also found something different. She has taken a job as a communications consultant with Frank Magid and Associates. Congrats, Amanda.

Five Generations Removed

Speaking of MacGregor's party, I was doing the math with Mark and Amy... if you say for the sake of argument that the average time spent in this market is two years, I am now five generations removed from the crowd currently at the station.

Over the years, I've gotten to know many of the staffers that I didn't work with, but now when Shannon and I showed up Saturday, the only people there that we actually worked with were Pegs and TP.

The party is much tamer... but still a good time. I'd like to encourage all the people from "my generation" to pay Mark, Amy and Maddie a visit come December.

Jay's Walking

Jay Verner has also moved on to something different. The former WMBD-TV weekend anchor is now working in media relations for Country Companies in Bloomington. I saw Jay at MacGregor's spring party... he's doing well and enjoying the new job.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Great Dane

Congrats to WHOI photographer Dane Firkus. Dane is taking a job at KRCG in Cedar Rapids, IA. This is the same station that hired former WHOI reporter Steve Nicoles.

From The Mouths Of Brothers

My brother is in town for a long weekend. A friend of ours is explaining about the choices/the way they do things at a restaurant out near where he's from... and he interupts to tell her "you had me at pick your meat."

You Gotta Blog

WEEK is getting back into the blogging business... sort of. They're doing a blog in conjunction with the You Gotta Eat feature. Weigh in on where Eric and Dubbs chow down. Check it out and suggest your favorite Central Illinois restaurant.

From The Mouths Of Babes

My oldest son says to my brother: I wake up eight... seven central.