I am currently on a trip in Missouri and had an awesome day yesterday in Kansas City and Butler. I had the opportunity to promote the industry I love on television and sell at a highly respected market. All in all it was a day for the books or in this case, this blog!
There will be two different posts about yesterday and I will put up notes about today as soon as possible!
I started yesterday morning at the Fox 4 News Station in Kansas City at around 8:00 AM. Even though I had been briefed before entering the studio I was still a tad nervous about what I had gotten myself into. In the fifteen minutes before my airtime I met with meteorologist Karli Ritter and news anchors Mark Alford and Loren Halifax. They gave me a very quick rundown of what would happen and then it was Showtime.
My first job in the studio was to do part of the weather broadcast. I stood in front of the green screen and did my best to interpret the image I saw on the monitor with numbers and arrows. Karli seemed impressed by how quickly I picked up the system. I was happy I made it through without any major stumbles and I hope the unsuspecting citizens of Kansas City understood what I was saying.
Funny thing happened when I started with the weather, the camera cut off the top of my head/hat. The cameras are all controlled by a remote and it took them a second of me being on screen to adjust it for my height. I was almost the headless auctioneer and everyone I know who was watching found it pretty comical.
Next stop in the studio was the anchor desk. I stood next to news anchor Mark Alford and we did a little segment on auctioneering and then transitioned into talking about the value of livestock markets toKansas City and local communities across the country. It was nice to have the opportunity to focus on the industry and importance of livestock marketing, not just auctioneering. He did ask questions about ‘fast talking’ but seemed to understand that livestock auctioneering is more than just spitting out numbers and I appreciate that.
A side note about Mark Alford, he actually is a bit of an auctioneer himself. He has done some charity auctions in Kansas City and even gave me a sample of his chant on air, cowboy hat on and all. I gave him some pointers on what to say between the numbers and I hope they helped! Good luck at your next auction Mark!
After about an hour at the Fox 4 News studio LMA REO Jeff Hazaleus and I headed off to Butler, Missouri to check out the sale at MO-KAN Livestock Market, Inc. It was a relatively short drive and it gave me time to re-group and fully realize that I had just done a weather broadcast and interview LIVE on the News. What a great day for firsts!