Just when we thought we had escaped our reputation as a breeding
ground for Branch Davidian types, the Waco area gets another
PR nightmare. There's word of a Baylor basketball player missing.
His former teammate is arrested. A body is found. A coach
leaves amid word of NCAA violations. Audio tapes reveal a
cover-up to frame the dead basketball player as a drug dealer.
This just isn't supposed to happen in a conservative, mostly
As a journalist, it's amazing to me how often market 93
is thrown into the national spotlight. This job has been proof
that size really DOESN'T matter. The rules seem to have changed
since I got into the business. Years ago, I thought smaller
markets were places void of toys, good stories, and a professional
product. But with ownership changes and cutbacks, I've noticed
that not all large market stations necessarily have a product
that lives up to their numbers. Perhaps we are the exception
rather than the rule, but how many markets this size have
a news director and photographers with a 25 year history at
Certainly there are days that I dream of that big break,
but until then I think it's important to be thankful for where
I am. With the way the economy has been, I feel fortunate
just to have a job right now. Everyone knows someone in the
business who's been out of work and looking for a while. After
12 years in the business, I can produce, anchor, and edit
an entire show if necessary... ten miles in the snow, going
uphill in both directions... a battle scar I'm proud to say
I've earned. Also, I'm thankful that I'm in a community that
has graciously opened their homes and hearts to my team every
night. People have many options on how to spend their time.
We must continue to appreciate that viewers always have a
For those of you miserable in your current conditions, I
think it's important to remember a few things:
* If your situation is that bad, remember it's temporary.
You'll find another job or you will leave that situation.
* Going to a bigger market does not mean all your troubles
will go away. No matter what business you are in, there will
always be bad bosses, bad days, annoying coworkers, and job
tasks that you don't love.
* Remember why you got in this business. Reaffirm your purpose,
your passion, and your gifts on a daily basis.
* Take what you can out of your current situation. Without
even realizing it, you are improving your craft every day,
learning new technology, learning how to deal with others,
learning about yourself.
* You always have a choice. You always have the choice of
leaving where you are, leaving the business, or changing the
way you handle or look at your current problems.
Every morning I go walking. On a recent walk I saw an F16
fly overhead. Not a rare sight when the President is staying
at his Western White House just 15 minutes away for a working
vacation. I pulled up to work later that day and saw Marine
One fly overhead with the President aboard. Not a bad way
to start a day in Market 93...