Me, on TV?! Yes, absolutely. It finally happened and what a great experience it was.
I was asked by Lourdes Duarte, co-anchor of WGN’s Evening News and host of Adelante Chicago, to tape a segment for Adelante. So, one really hot day I showed up at the WGN studios to tape the show and talk about what I do for my en Chicago blog and why I do it. It seems the public has a growing interest for Hispanics in social media and I’m all over it!
When I arrived, I was extremely nervous to go on camera but Lourdes was great at making me feel comfortable. She’s a real pro! It was fun to simply talk to her about something I have such passion for. My en Chicago blog is not grueling at all; I really love it. Don’t get me wrong, this blog is a lot of hard work, but my passion turns that work into a joy. I guess I nailed my segment in one take (that’s show biz talk) since I was done with my taping in what felt like 3 minutes! Amazing how real life TV works! Simply amazing.
It was truly an amazing experience but it never left my mind that at this very same studio Bozo the Clown performed at on the locally shot and beloved Bozo that was on WGN when I was a kid. I was so excited after my taping, that I had to call my friend and colleague, Rachelle Moore assistant to the General Manager and asked her to give me a tour of the rest of the WGN campus.
I was psyched to be on the show and then to see the old dusty room that smelled of mold where Bozo was actually taped, I couldn’t contain myself. It was beyond cool just to be in that room that I had hoped for so long we’d get a phone call from to come and see the real show but alas…The room was really dark, except for the main stage. There were old props from the Bozo show and you could still see the drawings on the wall of the banners that surrounded the once brightly lit studio. So much so that I could hear the kids’ excited cries in that very room. It came as a total surprise to see on the main stage (middle of the room that was lit nicely) that the room is now used to draw the Illinois State Lottery numbers nightly. WOW, time really does keep moving but it was awful nice to stop and take that look around.
Thanks Lourdes, this is one of those life experiences that I’ll never forget.