Back in October when I turned 60, I said this was the year I was going to try new things. Well, Wednesday morning I was on The Morning Blend TV show in Milwaukee. I was invited on to talk about the Reader Appreciation Luncheon I’m hosting here April 10th.
Primping at the Green Room mirror
I got up at 5 am so I’d have enough time to get ready for the 9 am live show. Since I don’t normally wear make-up, this took a very long time. Author Dianna Love was kind enough to fly up from Atlanta to be my wingman. We also picked up my good friend, Mary, to be our official photographer since this monumental event needed to be documented.
We arrived at the studio a half an hour earlier than we were supposed to because I hate being late and I wanted to enjoy every moment. We were escorted to the “Green Room” to wait. Now I’m sure you’ve all heard about the green room, but this one wasn’t green. it had lots of chairs, coffee, water and a huge mirror with those big make-up lights. Very comforting and cozy, but no bowls of just green M&Ms or donuts or alcohol. I guess they didn’t get my list of demands.
Dianna Love, producer Kim Buchanan, Barbara Vey
Katie, the assistant producer came in and explained what would happen, but I’ve got to say that I only heard about every 3 words. I was clutching my notes and trying to remember all the talking points I wanted to get in during my 5 minutes of fame. We were to be the first interviewed on the show.
Off to the set which always looks so small in person. In one corner was the news desk, then the weather station and the Morning Blend set. In another section, a chef was setting up his presentation for making giant cinnamon rolls. It smelled delicious in there.
Dianna Love, Barbara Vey, Molly Fay, Tiffany Ogle
We were miked and watched the hosts, Molly Fay and Tiffany Ogle chat and make each other presentable for the camera. The are both beautiful, so they didn’t have too much to do. They had a funny opening segment about Valentine Day mishaps and Tiffany told a story about an embarrassing PDA involving her boyfriend and groping the wrong person in a crowd. I’ve actually done that, so I could identify.
Now it was our time to shine. I’ve got to say that 5 minutes pass in the blink of an eye and my meticulously written notes were forgotten once the camera were on. But, all in all, it was a wonderful experience. I wasn’t nervous, because as anyone who knows me, I can always find something to talk about, but this event is dear to my heart and I wanted everyone to get all the information. Molly and Tiffany were so charming and asked all the right questions, Dianna talked about being a New York Times Best Selling author and I even got to plug my Chicken Soup book.
I gave them each a tote bag which will be given out during the luncheon filled with books (thanks to Kristen Painter, Roxanne St. Claire, Louisa Edwards and Victoria Alexander for supplying the bags). I also invited Molly and Tiffany to come to the luncheon and meet all 38 amazing authors. After the show, Kim the producer, invited some of the attending authors to come and be on the show.
This was an experience I would wish for all of you. It’s like riding a roller coaster. You wait in line forever, but the ride is worth it. Your stomach flip flops, you laugh, you scream with the thrill of it all and after it’s over you want to get back on and do it again.
Due to copyrights, I can’t post it here, but you can watch the segment here. Let me know what you think. Should I do it again or just stick to writing the blog? Would you do it?
Bottom Line: The Morning Blend is now my favorite morning show.