Did you see me on TV yesterday? No biggie if you missed my interview on “KTLA Morning News,” because here it is!
I also have some behind-the-scenes photos and scoop to share. Want to see?
First of all, it was a bit of a homecoming for me going to KTLA, because I used to work in the same studio lot, back when I worked on “The Jeff Probst Show.” (I was a guest on one episode of that show, too, but once the show was cancelled, they took the clip off YouTube. D’oh!)
They’ve poured tons of money into renovating those studios since I worked there, and everything looks great. And KTLA moved into a new studio during that time, too – the very same studio where “The Jeff Probst Show” was taped! So my interview on the news was done on the very same soundstage where I worked for a year. Pretty cool.
I went to KTLA with my friend Erin, who is also the Schwinn Fitness publicist, and we hung out in the green room until it was my time to go to the stage. I didn’t have a chance beforehand to meet anchor Jessica Holmes, who was going to interview me, because she was already delivering the news, so Erin and I took a selfie with her – except that she was on the TV.
About 10 minutes before my interview, I was needed onstage for a five-second tease, where they promoted that the segment was coming up, and I was shown riding the Schwinn Classic Cruiser. So, 10 minutes before that, we went with the producer over to the stage, and worked with the crew to get the bike ready for its close-up. This was a fun (and stressful) challenge because the bike had to be positioned, plugged in, the seat and handlebars adjusted for my height, and the tassles and bike horn attached. All in complete silence, as they were broadcasting the news live just 15 feet away at the desk.
We got it done in time, and I was in position and pedaling away when they showed me during the tease.
After that, the sound guy put a microphone on me, and I waited a few minutes for the interview to begin. About 30 seconds beforehand, Jessica came over and said hello, and she was very friendly and welcoming. Her introduction was scripted, and she reviewed it quickly in the seconds before we started, pausing at the word ‘chassis,’ just because it’s been a few decades since anyone has used it as a slang term for butt.
The interview seemed to go by so quickly. I had spent some time practicing going over the bike’s features, just so I wouldn’t stumble over myself or mess anything up, and I didn’t. Phew! Let’s see those features!
A good live interview isn’t complete with a funny face.
Only two small regrets: I wish I had mentioned the name of this blog (oh well) and I wish I had smiled a bit more during the final seconds:
Oh, and check this out! Antonio Banderas happened to be there, too – his interview was about a half hour after mine. I didn’t meet him, although we did exchange a quick hello and head nod when we passed in the hall. Erin, though, covertly snapped a picture of him, on the left, watching me on TV in the green room. Super awesome!
All in all I’m very proud. I’ve had the pleasure of being interviewed a few times before, but this was my first live, in-studio news appearance, and it really couldn’t have gone better. Plus, the folks at Schwinn Fitness were over the moon. Tons of compliments from them, plus compliments from friends and family rolled in all day.
Keep it up, David!
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