Five minutes of fame – Good Day PA interview video clip

I’d say I got my fifteen minutes of fame this week, but I’m about ten minutes short.  On Tuesday the local news station’s mid-day local interest show did an Author Spotlight section on me and my No Highways Tour book series.

Just in case you weren’t sure where you were, they put a 4′ tall logo just inside the door.

Read on for a behind the scenes look for my visit as well a link to the segment.

Like with most things it started with a drive up.  It’s just under an hour drive from my place to the news station’s studio.  It was a rainy foggy day and the highway was backed up so I opted to take the backroads up.  I figured it was going to be promoting a book series about “no highways” I best avoid highways on the way there.

Parking just for me… well, for me today at least.

Once there I did a short live broadcast of my own via Instagram.  Sorry if you missed it, but you really didn’t miss much.  Someday I might figure out how to better utilize that feature.  I also posted a few behind-the-scenes photos from inside the studio while I waited.

Seriously… they had like 3 just in that one room.

The mantra of the morning was “hurry up and wait.”  Once there I pretty much chilled while the went about their business and prepped for the 12:00 noon news segment.  Weird hearing the voices of the news anchors live while watching it on a TV with a few second delay.  There really is no such thing as “live TV.”

This is known as the “shut up” light

What was cool was catching a brief promo teaser of the upcoming segment I was going to be on.  After the 12:00 news is the local interest show from 12:30 to 1:00.  During the new they teased a few pics from my trip and made me out to be someone worth sticking around to watch.

A screen-grab of the promo teaser during the 12noon news.

With the news was over I was able go on set.  This was more hurry-up and wait.  I got mic’d and was told where to stand and I just stood there watching the first part of the show which was being filmed in another studio.  It was a cooking segment on making peanut butter eggs (more on that in a second).

That’s a lot of cameras…
… and a lot of lights.

Once the first part of the cooking segment was over it was my turn.  Once the commercials were over the host did her into and we were off and chatting.  It was rather short at about five minutes or so, but it was pretty well packed in which was nice.  They were impressed and will hopefully have me back again later this year.  I guess I didn’t do too terrible for my first time on TV.

A screen grab a friend got of the live broadcast while she was on her lunch break.

If you’re interested in watching the full segment, you can do so right here.

I also suggest you check out the peanut butter egg segment as well.  Not only is it super tasty, but yours truly made a cameo at the end for some taste-testing action.  Well worth sticking around for.

Nom Nom Nom
So gooey… so messy… so tasty.

All-in-all it was a really fun experience.  I was a little nervous at first but after being told to “not look at the cameras” I was able to focus on the host and my conversation with her.  About halfway through you’ll see me relax enough to begin talking with my hands… that’s how you know I’m comfortable. Once the hands start flying all bets are off.  If I’m ever standing somewhere with that “I don’t know what to do with my hands look” I’m most likely uncomfortable with my surroundings.

Huge shout-out to all my friends for their support and encouragement this week.  Major thanks to the Patron Support Team (past, present, and future) for helping make these books possible.  And lastly thanks to the Corporate Partners like JKS Manufacturing (see the hat?) that also support what the NHT and ECOA is all about.


For those new to the site, you can find the No Highways Tour books for sale at the ECOA/NHT store or on the printer’s website.