Normally I don't talk about work but I thought this was worth it.
I've noticed a trend at work lately: I've been ending the day with a feeling of elation.
Several different things are contributing to this euphoria:
First, my newscast is kicking ass and taking names as we approach the July Book. In February of 2006 the 4 pm news was in third place, falling way behind Oprah and Judge Judy. I took the helm in March and I've been fortunate enough to enjoy a climb up in the books. This past February the newscast was a solid #2, beating Judge Judy pretty much every day of the week. In May the show was lucky enough to beat Oprah two or three times a week consistently.
Right now the newscast is close to a solid #1 and I am thrilled. I'm not enough of a fool to say I'm responsible for the progress, but I'm certainly going to take credit for my hard work.
Okay, enough of the bragging.
Everyone else is getting along at work. Sure, we've got our aches and pains, but most every day our solid crew of producers, writers, photographers, reporters, anchors, assignment editors, directors, PAs, and engineers works as a team to get first rate news programming on the air. The best part about this is - not only are we doing great stuff on tee vee - but we have a blast doing it. My colleagues and I get geeked about a good moment on television - whether it be some great show-and-tell or some phenomenal, exclusive video.
And we have fun, too.
Double Platinum and I are simultaneously teasing and and joking with each other. Big Blue Blood and Mrs. R are always good for a good dance party and some hilarious hijnks. The Duse sometimes tries too hard but he does a mean impression of someone to remain anonymous in this blog - and that always manages to bring a smile to my face. The Pepper and Count Chocula add to the frivolity, too.
This newsroom is working like a finely oiled (and very content) machine, and I'm really excited to see how the book turns out as we charge into July Sweeps.