Originally posted Aug. 27, 2010 for KVOE.com “What’s On My Plate.”

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Since moving to Emporia in October 2002, I have fielded a lot of questions about my job. Most of those deal with my time on the Morning Show with Ron Thomas – or, more to the point, exactly what happens both during and before the show.

In no particular order…

Q. When do you get to work?

A. Long answer? That has crept closer to midnight since I started. When I began, I’d show up right at 5 a.m. If I hit the parking lot by 5:15, I was severely late. Now I’m late I’m in by 5 a.m., and usually I’m fairly cramped if I show up by 4:45. Ron and I usually race each other in, with both of us in by 4:15 to 4:30 – although City Commission study meeting days and other news items can push that start up significantly for me. Greg has it easy. He’s in by 6.

Short answer? It varies.

Q. So what do you do before you hit the air?

A. Basically, it’s news preparation. I check with the Emporia Police and Lyon County Sheriff’s Departments almost as soon as I walk in the door. Then I compile my newscasts for all three radio stations. Before I have my first newscast, I also update the station’s Facebook page and, if necessary, the KVOE.com news page.

Q. How do you figure out what you talk about every day?

A. That all depends. Since we try to be as live and local as we can, we try to touch on the main topics of the day and upcoming radio station activities. We also spend some time on the main national stories as well. Some of our most information comes from Ron’s show preparation. He has several Web sites he looks at every day to get interesting trivia and survey results – or flat-out weird incidents around the world. I’ll find something on rare occasion and email it along.

Q. Do you know what you’ll talk about when you walk in the door?

A. Generally speaking, yes on the main topics and no on anything else.

Q. Do you really know what you’re doing?

A. No.

Q. You guys sound like you have a lot of fun.

A. We do. It’s amazing how smoothly we mesh on and off the microphone, and I think that translates to the Morning Show. Our personalities are different, but our outlooks on life are fairly similar and we have similar interests, mainly revolving around food, sports and strange happenings in our world. Our senses of humor are also pretty similar.

Q. You stumble a lot. You talk really fast.

A. I’m easily distracted and I talk fast in general. See answer to first question.

Q. I love listening to you guys. You’re in the shower/in bed with me every morning.

A. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….

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