Summer is coming to an end. The news is slow and most of the reporters are out on vacation. Its also fair season, which is a good time for the news director to send the broadcast meteorologists out for live shots. You’re not in three feet of snow like you were eight months ago, so you are going to need something else to talk about. Live shots at state and county fairs can be fun and interesting, if you give them a chance.
I’m by no means a master at them, but I’ve done them enough over the past thirteen years to know what works. If you’ve just started a new broadcast meteorology job over the past couple of months, this might even be your first live shot (get used to them). Here are a couple of ideas to make the most of your time at the fair:
Prepare for the fair. There is a big difference between going to the fair for fun, and going to the fair for work. If you are in your work outfit, you are going to stick out and people are going to notice. That is kind of the point, but dress comfortably. A shirt and tie might be way too much for a hot sunny day. Ask your news director or other reporters what they would wear and you might be able to go a little more casual. The last thing you want to be is a hot, sweaty mess for your live shot. Believe me, I’ve been there.