Possibly the most asked question, when do I sleep? I intentionally work the night shift because that is when street crime and most breaking news happens. Just before I started
DoingItLocal.com a statewide TV station had a car crash into their studio just after midnight. You’d think they would have had the best video of the story. They didn’t. There was no reporter or photographer at that hour. An assistant producer took a cellphone picture and that was their coverage. That also taught me there was an opportunity.
On average I only need seven hours sleep. So of course it depends on what time I get to bed. I’ve covered very late breaking and not get to be until 7am the next day. But on average I try to be to bed by 3am so I’m up by 10am usually without an alarm. I still haven’t adjusted to daylight savings time yet so I’m getting to bed around 4am. That is when the morning TV stations begin their day. So if there is anything happens I can link to their story. I don’t have to personally cover every story, I never intended to do that from the start.
I start working around 10-11am and start almost immediately, drinking my coffee and reading overnight comments and reading other news sites to see what happened while I slept. Alex, my son and business partner go over the day and what should be accomplished for the day. I then usually meet with advertisers or work on other websites and projects. By 6pm Alex is calling it a night and we are called up for dinner. But my day is only half over.
I’ll have dinner with the family and then watch some TV while the scanners play quietly in the background. By 7:30pm I’ll nap while Wheel of Fortune plays. Sometimes nap time shifts but I never miss an naportunity on my Lazy Boy just recently delivered from Spector Furniture in Ansonia! If I don’t get that nap I’m dragging by midnight. Its what gets me t0 3am and beyond! 10 minutes will do it!
If you are reading this as it posts at 8am Friday its because I often auto post stories to spread them out through the day. This also helps the illusion that I never sleep!