Of course, the story itself aired for the first time Thursday, but I had shown a few folks around here the piece (namely, my boss) to get some feedback, as I normally do with bigger stories.
First, I should say that it was not hard work at all to get the Chief to participate in the Carrier Landing Game contest, just as he was fine racing in the dizzy bat showdown when we went On the Road at the Brazos Valley Bombers' home. Every time I brought up a new idea on the shoot (the dizzy tripod spin, the phone call where he laughs with an inanimate object, etc.), he and Photographer Jordan were (seemingly) all for it.
One of those stories can really go either way, either humorous or trying and failing at humor. The failed attempts aren't just bombs, they're nukes. That's certainly something I don't want to happen to me or the station, so I elicited a lot of feedback from a lot of people with many an expertise in our building, and even outside.
When you get concensus from a news director, photographers, reporters, production staff, editors, and most of all, Crystal Galny (who thinks my sense of humor is about as funny as...well...something not funny), then you've accomplished something. What "something" is, I have no idea, but it involves 80s pop-rock and, as one of our commercial gurus Steve said, a lot of Velveeta.
Hopefully you laughed a little. It's something even a "dork"** in the news world of gloom and doom needs to do every-once-in-a-while.
** Barbara Smith, July 18, 2008, Brazos Valley This Morning...also referencing Bob French, I might add