Well... after six months of sitting on the sidelines, I'll be back on Portland's early morning television airwaves tomorrow to join the cast of Northwest Newschannel 8 at Sunrise (Mondays-Fridays, 5am-7am).
Of course, it's not like I've been relaxing at some resort destination since the beginning of September.
Me "swimming" in 2-feet of water off Maui before September.
My previous contract with my former station prevented me from being on the air here at Channel 8 to this point, but the "non-compete' clause said nothing about contributing to the internet.
(I'm assuming they're re-wording their contracts there now.)
(I just used they're, their, and there in the same sentence... feel free to let me know if I used them properly or not.)
As a result, I've been producing a daily feature segment for KGW's website for the past six months. The web segments have been a blast to put together, providing us with some creative freedom that the limitations of live TV don't normally allow.
My photographer Steve Hanson (who, by the way, is one of the reasons I'm happy I made the switch to 8) put together a few of our most memorable moments in the field so far, in a "Best Of" segment that we'll show on the air as part of tomorrow's TV debut.
You can look at the segment right now on-line by checking out the following link:
Now, despite not being able to use my name, face, or voice on TV to this point, KGW has still managed to promote my hiring on their airwaves through the clever use of the now infamous crate.
I know many of you are familiar with the crate promotions, because the most common line I hear when I'm out on the street these days is, "Hey, Drew, they let you out of the crate?"
I think one of the highlights of tomorrow's KGW-TV debut will be a pre-produced story we put togther that chronicles what life in the crate has been like for the past six months. At least I hope it's a highlight. You can tune in tomorrow to be the judge yourself.
A lot of people have asked me what time exactly I'll be "coming out" of the crate tomorrow morning. In the spirit of good TV promotion I have to say you'll need to watch the entire "Sunrise" show (which tomorrow begins at 4:30am).
I sincerely appreciate all the positive response I've received through this blog and the overwhelming number of personal e-mails from viewers who have expressed how much they've missed seeing me on their TV sets in the morning and how they're willing to change their viewing habits to catch me on NW Newschannel 8 @ Sunrise.
Your loyal support couldn't come at a better time. We're in the final days of the February TV ratings period (aka February sweeps), and while my new station has a comfortable lead over my former station in the race to win the 5am hour, we're in a dead tie in the even more critical battle to win the 6am hour.
So if I haven't said it before, let me say it now... Please watch on Tuesday from 4:30am-7am.