The alarm went off this morning at 4:00am. Half asleep, I pulled myself together, got ready, and headed on over to the Fox23 news studio!
Believe it or not, this is actually the fourth local news station I’ve been on in my lifetime. Back in the day (circa middle school and high school) I used to do modeling segments on a couple of the other local news stations in the area, and then a few years ago (2008?), I was also on a commercial for winning the local casting call for America’s Next Top Model. (FYI, totally NOT sharing that as a brag…more like a super comical random fact. I wish I could find that video!).
By the time I got to the station this morning, the news cast was already in full swing. In between commercial breaks I chatted with Stephanie, the news anchor and co-producer of the show, and she was able to get me caught up on what would be going down for our segment.
I still had about 20 minutes before we were set to air, so I went ahead and got the table set up with some of our goodies. The segment, focused on ways to lighten up summer beverages, was centered around a new-to-me product of sparkling water called Sparkling ICE.
The product comes in eight different flavors, and while I haven’t had a chance to try all eight yet, the flavors I have tried (pink grapefruit, black raspberry, coconut pineapple) are all super yummy.
So before I knew it, we were LIVE!
Stephanie was super easy to interact with on camera and did a fabulous job of guiding me through the segment. I’m honestly not the best with words, especially when a camera is in front of me, but she totally helped make things less intimidating.
We talked a bit about different summer beverage ideas, with it being the first day of summer and all, and then it was time for me to go ahead and make a cocktail.
Alright, well it was actually a “mocktail,” since it was 6:45 in the morning and all…
but the beverage was a “Pink Grapefruit Breeze” which is really easy to make:
- 1 oz. coconut rum (omit or replace with water to make it non-alcoholic)
- 2 oz. pineapple juice
- Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE
- lime for garnish
Combine rum and pineapple juice in a small glass. Finish off with Sparkling ICE, and garnish with a lime.
Thankfully, I didn’t spill anything, despite a somewhat shaky hand.
It was a lot of fun to be on air today, and I’m so glad I had the chance to do so. I would be remiss if I did not mention, however, that I wouldn’t have even had this opportunity if it wasn’t for my great friend, Heather. So Heather, thank you!
If you happened to watch the news segment this morning and are visiting for the first time, welcome! Even if you didn’t watch and are reading as usual, then good morning! No matter which boat you fall into though, you still get the chance today to win a case of Sparkling ICE in your flavor of choice.
Five of you lucky readers will win (1) case of Sparkling ICE in your flavor of choice. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor you’d most like to try! I’ll choose the (5) winners tomorrow, June 21st.
Happy Summer, everyone!