Howdy folks, welcome to another week of cable casting! I hope you had a great weekend — ours was great. You were curious weren't you?
I got into a bit of trouble earlier today when I was doing the weather for Florida today and I said that the weather was, "Sunny with temperatures in the 80s and 90s... a terrific day ahead." Well, shortly after I said that, I got an indignant e-mail from a viewer in Florida who said that, "Anything above 80 is not terrific... it's terrible." He had apparently moved to Florida — from who knows where — and now hates it when it gets hot.
I e-mailed him back and told him that since I was from Kansas and that I LOVE HOT WEATHER. Which is true. Temperatures in the 80s-90s (even the low 100s) remind me of days of my youth, bailing hay out in the scorching sun while making two bucks an hour. Wait a minute, I was working during the summer SPF-9000 days and only making enough money to buy half of a Dairy Queen banana split each hour? What was I thinking? You know what, I hate hot weather too! We'll have to edit the show before it airs on the West Coast.
Less than 10 years ago the FOX News Channel premiered and now, less than a decade later, the man with the vision thing for a "fair and balanced" channel is being honored as the most powerful man in television news. Roger Ailes, chairman of the FOX News Channel (one of his many high powered jobs), was just named as the No. 1 Most Powerful Person in Television Journalism. How sweet is that? He's ahead of the presidents of NBC and CBS. To be honest I feel kind of sorry for the president of ABC — he's on the list, but AFTER Jon Stewart, the host of "The Daily Show." That's right, the president of ABC News is AFTER Stewart, who MAKES UP HIS NEWS!
Finally, I wanted to give a special shout out to our crack team of segment producers and writers who labor from late in the night, through the pre-dawn hours and into the day and then the night. Without them, E.D., Brian and I would have little to do — we'd just sit in our chairs and look cute. So, hats off to them. In particular Christine Thoma. Why should I mention her? Simple, she's sitting adjacent to me as I write this blog and she keeps blurting out, "Are you done yet? Are you done yet?" Earlier she said, "Give me a shout out" — so that's what I'm doing. I'm honoring her in this column, simply to get her off my back.
By the way Christine, I'm done now.
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