My adventures as a morning anchor continue. I’ll be sharing the story behind my transition from sports to news on my blog here at thepittsburghchannel.com.
It’s the one question that everyone wants to have answered when they learn of my move to news: What time do you get up for work? The answer: 2 am. A response that draws all sorts of reaction, and most of it is not positive. It’s not easy getting up at 2 am every day, but when your job is — in essence — to wake up everyone in the tri-state area then you make sure you get used to the new schedule.
After I get up, shower and shave, I try to watch our 11pm newscast. It’s rebroadcast every morning at 2:30am. That’s great because it allows me to get a quick look at what happened while I was asleep and not go into the office ice cold. After my morning glass of orange juice, I tip-toe out of the house so as not to wake anyone and hop in the car and head off to work.
So what are the roads like at 3:15am? What do you think? It’s quiet and there are more trucks on the road than cars. It takes me about 35 minutes from my home in Washington County to get to work in Wilkinsburg — and that includes driving through that 1-79 construction!
I use it as my quiet time — though it’s hardly quiet in my car.
Though Pittsburgh is a radio wasteland at 3:15am, I have satellite radio in my car. In case you are not familiar, it allows you to listen to over 100 different genres of music, news and sports in your car without worrying about losing reception. It’s been a blessing to have it because there is always something on.
So what do I listen to? I love contemporary jazz (Rippingtons and David Sanborn), the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music channels as well as the urban music channel. I also listen to the comedy channel as well as ESPN radio national and the Fox News Channel. To learn more about satellite radio, check out Ashley DiParlo’s “Plugged In” section of our Web site.
While I have all those radio options, I still have some CDs in my car. I just checked what was in my vehicle and here’s a list:
Top Gun: Original Soundtrack
Peter Gabriel: So
Sideways: Original Soundtrack
Anita Baker: My Everything
Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back: Original Soundtrack
Best of Luther Vandross
Quite a mix to say the least, but I also have this strange habit. I always try to have a cool song playing when I’m headed down GreenTree Hill and going through the Fort Pitt Tunnel. I know it’s weird but I always want to have the background music as I enter the city with that dramatic view. Today, it was “That Voice Again” by Peter Gabriel.
That’s how I get from home to work by 4am and the music helps get me pumped, energized and in the right frame of mind to start the day and — more importantly — start your day.
BTW — thanks to everyone who has sent e-mails and responses to my blog. I never thought anyone would read it, but it seems people are interested in my strange and unique move to news and all the stories that go with it. I hope you will continue to enjoy these entries. Also, keep the comments coming.