(Arch Campbell, me, Bob Ryan)
I've had the opportunity to meet and interview a lot of cool celebrities over the years. It was treat talking to Sylvester Stallone about my favorite movie (Rocky)...and I loved my chat with Adele. She was so FUNNY and down-to-earth. However, neither one of those moments measured up to my most recent experience.
For the past five years, legendary entertainment reporter ARCH CAMPBELL has been asking me to be a guest announcer on his TV show at NewsChannel 8. Unfortunately, I was never able to take him up on his offer...until last week. Thanks to my new morning schedule, I was finally able to say YES!
I first met Arch at a movie screening several years ago. I continued to see him at screenings over the years and he was always nice and had kind things to say about my work. I told him I GREW UP watching him on NBC4. He was part of the legendary team at 11pm with Jim Vance, Doreen Gentzler, Bob Ryan and George Michael. If you were raised in the DC area like I was...you know they were the DREAM TEAM. They were CELEBRITIES to me.
When I arrived at the taping of Arch's show last week, I was both excited and nervous to be the guest announcer. I didn't want to screw it up. Arch immediately put me at ease by telling me to just HAVE FUN with it. It's a very "campy" show. The GOOFIER you are, the better...and since "goofy" is my middle name, it worked out well.
As if being on Arch's show wasn't awesome enough, one of the guests he had on was none other than meteorologist BOB RYAN! There I was sharing the TV screen with not one, but TWO broadcasting legends! It was SURREAL...and definitely one of the highlights of my career.
BOB RYAN announced his retirement recently, and his farewell broadcast was LAST NIGHT. I feel lucky to have met him.
Click HERE if you're interested in watching the episode I was in last week.