Behind the Scenes with Weston
Weston White produces the morning show.
We fondly refer to him as "Dub Dub"
- Describe your routine as part of the morning show crew...
Once everything is compiled I start writing and changing scripts...and searching for video or pictures to accompany them. We treat each of our three half-hours as its own separate show- so I start with the 5:30 show and work my way through the 6:30.
Kevin and Emily generally arrive around 3:15am and start proofreading scripts. They also help me search for stories and add any stories that they find. Without their help there'd likely be no news happening in the morning!
- What's the most stressful aspect of your job?
Most days there isn't a lot of news happening between 10pm and 5am...(and when there is it's hard to get officials to provide information/confirm information/etc). We strive to have as much new news as possible on the morning show-- but that isn't always possible. So just finding enough content to fill the show, while at the same time maintaining a good flow...is what I struggle with the most.
- What's the best part about your job?
There's a bit more freedom when it comes to stories and segments we can do on the morning show. Case in point...roller derby and tasers.
Weston uses his stop watch to time the show from the control room.
Kevin, Emily, and Clint wear earpieces so they can hear Weston's time cues.
- What's something viewers might be surprised to learn about the morning show?
- Why did you first become interested in news?
I was never able to participate in the student-run station at SIU because of my jobs. Luckily I had interned at River Radio (as "Intern Weston" on Z100's Nut n Honey Morning Show) and was offered a part-time job upon graduation. I worked there and at Pinckneyville's newspaper office until I got a part-time job here at WSIL. After a few months of working nights and weekends...I applied for the soon-to-open morning producer job. Somehow I was offered the position and the rest is history!
Thanks, Weston! There are more Behind the Scenes blogs to come!
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