NEWS 92 FM marks its first birthday this Thanksgiving weekend as Houston’s only all-news station. But, even with the breadth of experience our news team brings in reporting the Bayou City, our first day on air was exciting and sometimes anxiety-ridden.
JP Pritchard, half of the anchor team for KROI 92.1’s Morning Report, said he was nervous the morning on November 21, 2011, the day we flipped the microphones on:
“We’d rehearsed, but…equipment was still new to us and required more attention than we were used to, and all the language–the key trademark language we use–wasn’t yet to the point where it just rolled off our tongues,” Pritchard said.
“And, of course, anytime anyone in the business starts a new job at a new station, you always worry that you’re going to use the old call letters by mistake.”
Morning news producer and web reporter Patrick Osborn says his first morning served to answer that age old question, “Am I doing what I was born to do?”
“I’ll never forget signing on for the first time, hearing our imaging going live on that first morning,” Osborn said. “I knew we were onto something big and new and great and necessary, and to be able to say I was a part of it was, and continues to be, very special to me.”
Dennis Spellman, anchor of The Mid-Morning Report, actually left Houston media to pursue a more family-friendly venue as the media liason for a local agency. But, he found the plans at Radio One’s new Houston news station was exactly what he’d dreamt about as a journalist.
“I returned to news with a fresh perspective and realization that i’m blessed to be making my living working my hobby,” Spellman said. “I give thanks for NEWS 92 FM, my co-workers, and of course my family.”
Editor Norm Uhl also left the world of Houston journalism for “the dark side” of PR and media relations. But, even he was seduced to return once he saw the personalities who joined the call.
“The moral of the story,” Uhl said, “never say never.”