Many people think that the only talk shows that are worth mentioning are national talk shows. However, many cities have local talk shows or at least have segments on the news that are talk shows.
I have been on a show and talk show segments of Lake Charles’ morning news on KPLC.
It was 1991 or 1992 when I first appeared on a television show. The show was a local show that aired on Lake Charles’ FOX 29. The show was called “Pet Playhouse.” It no longer airs, but the host was Bruce Hamilton and he would have a guest child help host the show.
The way that these children were chosen was by a drawing. The hosting segment was won along with 24 cans of Coca Cola, some free admission to local entertainment, and taping a segment to say that you were the winner of the drawing for the FOX 29 Kids’ Club.
Being that I was a child in third or fourth grade, everything was exciting. I was also nervous about the taping. My sister and my best friend at that time came to be in the audience as there was no admission for being in the audience.
I don’t remember the animals that were on the show other than the regular, a blue and gold macaw named Larry Bird and a llama. Bruce Hamilton was very nice and tried to help me be less nervous and help me hold the microphone, but I was still nervous. I also remember that my family and my best friend and her family were allowed to stay after the show (even after the end where all the kids were allowed to come pet the animals) and pet the llama. I was afraid that it was going to spit on me, so I was nervous about petting the llama, too.
I don’t remember leaving and I don’t remember any more than a tall glass building where the show was taped.
Then, I have been on KPLC 7’s morning news at 5am CT. Being that the news is local to Lake Charles, LA, there is not an Eastern time.
The first time was probably in 1996 or 1997. I was not part of booking this appearance. I was on with Les Petites Voix, which is a community children’s choir in Lake Charles, LA. The name of the choir is French for “The Small Voices.”
We were given the instructions to show up at the studio by 5am. We had to wear our dress performance clothes, so it was not fun standing around in white, long sleeve, button down Oxford shirts, navy skirts, white nylons or knee socks, and black dress shoes.
We stood in the hall and practiced singing until it was time to be on the air. The news anchors were kind and mentioned how they had heard us singing for the entire newscast. Unfortunately, we were not on the news until the very end. We could have been there later instead of as early as 5am, but that is what the station requests, something I’d find out many years later.
At this time, there was a piano in the studio for the pianist. Many of the people were insisting that I was staring at the camera. However, the director was standing right where it made it look as if I was staring at the camera when I was watching him so I knew what I was singing.
Once again, I don’t remember leaving. I only remember that I had to bring a change of clothes to school so I didn’t have to wear the uncomfortable performance outfit to school.
The last time that I was on KPLC’s morning news at 5am, I was on to promote a local concert that I had organized. It was one of the very last steps I had to do to promote the concert after I had done all the organization and promoting myself without any help or pay.
Getting a spot on the TV show was questionable at first since I kept calling and getting no answer. I finally turned to e-mail, and it was easy to get in contact with the person needed to schedule an appearance on the show.
My appearance was in January 2005. Again, the requested that I be there at 5am. I did not talk with anybody until the very end of the newscast, nearing 7am when it ended. Being that it was dark and cold, I was not happy that I had to be at the station at 5am and that I had to find my way to their door and fumble to find the phone to call a number to be let into the station.
I don’t care for being on camera as I think I look awful. I chose most pictures and most videos of myself carefully, though I’m not picky about others taking photos of me. However, the news anchors and the producers were kind, though I felt they weren’t ready.
The producer asked me about any video clips at the last minute. I could have provided him with something small if he had asked any of the days between knowing that I was going to be on the newscast and actually being on the newscast.
While I never enjoy being on camera, everybody always tells me that I do a good job. Everything seems to be received well when I am on camera, even though I never like it.