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The Sharp Side on WORKIN’ WEEKENDS: Actually, That’s About To Change…

…because tonight is my last night anchoring the weekend newscasts on WQAD. NO, I’m NOT leaving (thank goodness) – just shifting my shift as we...
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…because tonight is my last night anchoring the weekend newscasts on WQAD.

NO, I’m NOT leaving (thank goodness) – just shifting my shift as we start something new at News 8…

News 8 at 9pm!

I promise this does NOT impact your favorite 9pm shows on WQAD/ABC. Trust me, I would have said “HECK NO” if anything stood in the way between me (and all of us, let’s be honest here) watching The Bachelor…

Instead, we will be launching a live half-hour newscast on My TV 8.3 starting (drum roll please…) Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 9pm SHARP (pun intended…with pride). It will air every day and I will be anchoring the show during the week – Mondays through Fridays. No Saturdays. No Sundays. No Weekends.

The Sharp Side on WORKIN’ WEEKENDS: Actually, That’s About To Change…

Of course, there were times where I wanted to be at the dinner/baby shower/bridal shower/wedding reception/birthday party/pool party/sporting event/[insert other fun Saturday or Sunday events here that don’t happen on Mondays or Tuesdays] instead of working the weekend. I tried my hardest not to miss important events in my family’s/friend’s lives… but I couldn’t make it to everything. I knew that. I have missed my nephew’s 2nd, 3rd, and 4th birthday parties. I’m not happy about that. However, as I sat in that chair on those nights where I was secretly wanting to be somewhere else, I also knew that this was part of the journey. I knew I had to put in the time. I knew that I had to work this shift to stay humble later in life. I knew that I had to work hard – no matter what day it was or what time of day – in order to hopefully someday be in the exact position I’m in now.

The Sharp Side on WORKIN’ WEEKENDS: Actually, That’s About To Change…
The Sharp Side on WORKIN’ WEEKENDS: Actually, That’s About To Change…

I actually really loved that job – and each one in between leading up to this one. I loved/love the people I work with, who are – without a doubt – the best news, weather, and sports team in the market and the region. I am very happy – and feel very #blessed – that I get to continue doing what I love to do right here. I’m not cleaning out my desk (even though it probably needs it). I’m not signing off for my last time tonight. I’m not teary-eyed or bitter. The best part about this whole thing is that I get to stay right where I believe I belong. The whole reason I wanted to be a Journalist and want to continue down that career path is because of this community. I fell in love with this job and this community at the exact same time… while I was a student at Augustana College interning at WQAD in 2007. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else telling and sharing stories and I know I wouldn’t be.

It’s the Quad Cities – its people, its causes, its spirit – that makes me love what I do and do what I love.

I hope you’ll tune in and support the all-new News 8 at 9pm. (That’s so much fun to – finally – type/say!) I have many friends (you know who you are) who are already looking forward to getting their news and weather an hour earlier because they struggle to stay awake until 10pm – ha! If you don’t have Mediacom or an antenna, you can easily live-stream the show through WQAD.com. I will be posting things on the My TV 8.3 Facebook Page as well in addition to my WQAD Facebook Page and Twitter Account (shameless plug).

The Sharp Side on WORKIN’ WEEKENDS: Actually, That’s About To Change…

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