Behind the Scenes Week: Forecasting on the Morning News
Shawn Cable says he's been working these bizarre early morning hours since the Mid-90s. He says it's never exactly pleasant when the alarm goes off but he tries to have everything all ready to go at home so he can sleep as much as possible.
When Shawn gets to work the first people he sees are Rachel and Erin. They talk briefly about what's going on for the day and if any guests are coming into the studio. He also lets them know if there is any weather to be concerned about. In the Summer especially if there are any chances for thunderstorms Shawn lets Rachel know. If there's lightening, it isn't safe to use our live truck until the storm passes.
Shawn heads to the studio to the weather center to start getting ready for the show. He likes to listen to Jazz music while he starts putting his forecast together. Shawn says things really start to get busy around 4:00am. Luckily he says that's when his weather producer comes into work. They work together to finish building the forecast and graphics for the show. Ten minutes until the top of the show you can usually hear Shawn Cable make a mad dash up the stairs and into the men's room to get his tie on and yes, put on a little makeup.
Shawn says although the hours are strange, he loves working the shift he does, and the people he works with. He says we can all absolutely fight like family, but we also consider each other family. He says he truly does have it made coming to work with the morning crew.