Category: Today Show


Backstage At Today: Part Two

January 15th, 2010 — 10:10pm

Yesterday’s action-packed visit to NBC’s Today Show began in the crowded greenroom at 30 Rock.

Ben and me in the Today Show greenroom

I joined my Tourism Queensland client Shana Pereira, along with Best Job In The World winner (and one of the coolest guys on Planet Earth) Ben Southall. As we waited for Ben to be called up to the set, a show producer approached and quipped—

“Do you have Take Your Daughter To Work Day? Can I be your daughter?”

Ben’s highly-publicized six-month stint as Island Caretaker has everyone wishing they could be in his well-traveled shoes. As a tourism ambassador for Queensland, he’s visited 74 of the 600 Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Talk about dream gigs.

Speaking of dream gigs, that’s exactly what my job felt like when we were finally escorted upstairs. As Ben was getting miked up, I was excited to spot Jeremy Renner, one of my favorite actors, on set.

Jeremy’s been generating Oscar buzz for “The Hurt Locker,” but I first fell for his talent and charisma on ABC’s fantastic, short-lived cop series, “The Unusuals.” I told him so after his interview, and he graciously posed for this picture with me.

Actor Jeremy Renner — what a sweetheart!

Surprise #2 — anchor Meredith Vieira strolling by and introducing herself to me and Shana.

Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira and me

After Ben’s lively interview with Kathie Lee and Hoda (watch it here), he answered a few questions for Today correspondent Sara Haines. She was delightful.

Today correspondent Sara Haines and me

Follow Sara on Twitter for great behind-the-scenes tidbits from the show.

Coming up…a visit to my old stomping grounds at Fox News and the differences between dating and relationships.

2 comments » | Ben Southall, Best Job In The World, Fox News Channel, Jeremy Renner, Meredith Vieira, Sara Haines, The Hurt Locker, Today Show, Tourism Queensland

Backstage At Today: Part Two

January 15th, 2010 — 5:10pm

Yesterday’s action-packed visit to NBC’s Today Show began in the crowded greenroom at 30 Rock.

Ben and me in the Today Show greenroom

I joined my Tourism Queensland client Shana Pereira, along with Best Job In The World winner (and one of the coolest guys on Planet Earth) Ben Southall. As we waited for Ben to be called up to the set, a show producer approached and quipped—

“Do you have Take Your Daughter To Work Day? Can I be your daughter?”

Ben’s highly-publicized six-month stint as Island Caretaker has everyone wishing they could be in his well-traveled shoes. As a tourism ambassador for Queensland, he’s visited 74 of the 600 Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Talk about dream gigs.

Speaking of dream gigs, that’s exactly what my job felt like when we were finally escorted upstairs. As Ben was getting miked up, I was excited to spot Jeremy Renner, one of my favorite actors, on set.

Jeremy’s been generating Oscar buzz for “The Hurt Locker,” but I first fell for his talent and charisma on ABC’s fantastic, short-lived cop series, “The Unusuals.” I told him so after his interview, and he graciously posed for this picture with me.

Actor Jeremy Renner — what a sweetheart!

Surprise #2 — anchor Meredith Vieira strolling by and introducing herself to me and Shana.

Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira and me

After Ben’s lively interview with Kathie Lee and Hoda (watch it here), he answered a few questions for Today correspondent Sara Haines. She was delightful.

Today correspondent Sara Haines and me

Follow Sara on Twitter for great behind-the-scenes tidbits from the show.

Coming up…a visit to my old stomping grounds at Fox News and the differences between dating and relationships.

2 comments » | Ben Southall, Best Job In The World, Fox News Channel, Jeremy Renner, Meredith Vieira, Sara Haines, The Hurt Locker, Today Show, Tourism Queensland

Backstage At Today: Part One

January 14th, 2010 — 11:43pm

This morning, business intersected with pleasure in a big way as I enjoyed a visit to the set of NBC’s Today Show.

Outside Studio 1A: Me, Best Job In The World winner Ben Southall and Tourism Queensland’s Shana Pereira

The occasion for my backstage pass — a four-minute segment with my client Tourism Queensland’s Ben Southall, winner of the Australian destination’s high-profile Best Job In The World campaign.

From meeting Meredith Vieira to a surprise encounter with one of today’s hottest actors, it was a fantastic experience. Up next…a full report.

2 comments » | Ben Southall, Best Job In The World, Meredith Vieira, Today Show, Tourism Queensland

Backstage At Today: Part One

January 14th, 2010 — 6:43pm

This morning, business intersected with pleasure in a big way as I enjoyed a visit to the set of NBC’s Today Show.

Outside Studio 1A: Me, Best Job In The World winner Ben Southall and Tourism Queensland’s Shana Pereira

The occasion for my backstage pass — a four-minute segment with my client Tourism Queensland’s Ben Southall, winner of the Australian destination’s high-profile Best Job In The World campaign.

From meeting Meredith Vieira to a surprise encounter with one of today’s hottest actors, it was a fantastic experience. Up next…a full report.

2 comments » | Ben Southall, Best Job In The World, Meredith Vieira, Today Show, Tourism Queensland

Girls Night Out: Bocca

January 13th, 2010 — 11:45pm

Last night, I headed down to NYC’s Flatiron District to join galpals Sara and Deborah in celebrating our good friend Leila’s birthday.

Bocca Restaurant & Bar: The tiramisu here is to die for

For the festivities, Leila chose Bocca — a cozy and fabulous bistro that serves up traditional Italian fare with a twist. Among the culinary delights we enjoyed were goat cheese-filled beet ravioli salad, veal meatballs with chick pea puree and pan-roasted chicken over artichokes in truffle jus. Delish.

After toasting Leila over cocktails, we settled in for a lively conversation, the kind that makes you thankful for girlfriends.

We talked about the recent bumper crop of good movies, who’s hot and who’s not among male celebs (Clooney, of course, and Downey Jr–yea, Pitt and Law–not so much), and whether American men outside of New York are easier to read than their Gotham counterparts.

That’s probably wishful thinking.

Coming up…finding love lessons in career twists and going backstage at NBC’s Today Show.

Comment » | Bocca Restaurant and Bar, celebrity hunks, George Clooney, Girls Night Out, Italian restaurants, men in New York, Today Show

Girls Night Out: Bocca

January 13th, 2010 — 6:45pm

Last night, I headed down to NYC’s Flatiron District to join galpals Sara and Deborah in celebrating our good friend Leila’s birthday.

Bocca Restaurant & Bar: The tiramisu here is to die for

For the festivities, Leila chose Bocca — a cozy and fabulous bistro that serves up traditional Italian fare with a twist. Among the culinary delights we enjoyed were goat cheese-filled beet ravioli salad, veal meatballs with chick pea puree and pan-roasted chicken over artichokes in truffle jus. Delish.

After toasting Leila over cocktails, we settled in for a lively conversation, the kind that makes you thankful for girlfriends.

We talked about the recent bumper crop of good movies, who’s hot and who’s not among male celebs (Clooney, of course, and Downey Jr–yea, Pitt and Law–not so much), and whether American men outside of New York are easier to read than their Gotham counterparts.

That’s probably wishful thinking.

Coming up…finding love lessons in career twists and going backstage at NBC’s Today Show.

Comment » | Bocca Restaurant and Bar, celebrity hunks, George Clooney, Girls Night Out, Italian restaurants, men in New York, Today Show

Charitable Event Pick: FLI Wine Tasting

January 2nd, 2010 — 8:26pm

When it comes to perfect pairings, a wine tasting that benefits a worthy cause is the ideal ticket. You can get your drink on and support educational opportunities at The Future Leaders Institute (FLI) Junior Committee’s upcoming wine tasting on Tuesday, January 12th.
The benefit for the charter school will take place from 7-9pm at New York Vintners on Warren Street. Admission is $50, $25 of which is tax deductible. Click here for more info.
A quick editorial note — Single Gal In The City will be on an every other day schedule this week while I enjoy a little vacation and respite from NYC. Stay tuned for an action-packed January, including visits to the sets of NBC’s Today & The Martha Stewart Show!

Comment » | Future Leaders Institute, Martha Stewart, New York Vintners, Today Show, wine tastings

Charitable Event Pick: FLI Wine Tasting

January 2nd, 2010 — 3:26pm

When it comes to perfect pairings, a wine tasting that benefits a worthy cause is the ideal ticket. You can get your drink on and support educational opportunities at The Future Leaders Institute (FLI) Junior Committee’s upcoming wine tasting on Tuesday, January 12th.
The benefit for the charter school will take place from 7-9pm at New York Vintners on Warren Street. Admission is $50, $25 of which is tax deductible. Click here for more info.
A quick editorial note — Single Gal In The City will be on an every other day schedule this week while I enjoy a little vacation and respite from NYC. Stay tuned for an action-packed January, including visits to the sets of NBC’s Today & The Martha Stewart Show!

Comment » | Future Leaders Institute, Martha Stewart, New York Vintners, Today Show, wine tastings

Live From Rockefeller Plaza

March 26th, 2009 — 2:40am
Over the years, I’ve joined the Today Show crowds in Rockefeller Center more than once. Each time I went, it was to enjoy a free performance of a beloved favorite (i.e. Ricky Martin, Olivia Newton-John). On Monday, my visit was precipitated by a different purpose – shameless self-promotion for Single Gal In The City.

Bleary eyed and bundled up because of unseasonably cold temperatures (it felt like the teens with the wind chill), I headed over to the plaza in front of Studio 1A around 630am. From trophy-bearing school athletes in Texas to red raincoat-wearing Arkansas natives, I had plenty of company.

Anchor Meredith Vieira mingling with the crowd
All of us in the crowd were disappointed to learn that weatherman Al Roker was on vacation, and Matt Lauer was out recovering from a deer encounter on his bike. Still, anchors Meredith Vieira and Lester Holt did a good job of making everyone feel welcome when they came out to do a few quick liveshots.

Meredith did the most mingling, posing for pictures and addressing many in the crowd (myself included) as “sweetie.”

I was standing right behind her as she gave a journalism student the chance to read some on-air copy.

Caught On Camera: Watching Meredith Vieira shine the spotlight on an aspiring journalist

I was caught on camera two more times — during a quick pan of the crowd, and when Lester Holt teased what was coming up.

It’s A Sign: Sharing my diary writing habit with Today’s audience

Though I didn’t get to mention SGITC on air, I enjoyed my fleeting 15 seconds of fame — especially because it’s motivated me to pay a visit to Today’s competitors. The Early Show and Good Morning America, here I come!

2 comments » | Good Morning America, national morning shows, shameless self-promotion, Studio 1A, The Early Show, Today Show

Live From Rockefeller Plaza

March 25th, 2009 — 9:40pm
Over the years, I’ve joined the Today Show crowds in Rockefeller Center more than once. Each time I went, it was to enjoy a free performance of a beloved favorite (i.e. Ricky Martin, Olivia Newton-John). On Monday, my visit was precipitated by a different purpose – shameless self-promotion for Single Gal In The City.

Bleary eyed and bundled up because of unseasonably cold temperatures (it felt like the teens with the wind chill), I headed over to the plaza in front of Studio 1A around 630am. From trophy-bearing school athletes in Texas to red raincoat-wearing Arkansas natives, I had plenty of company.

Anchor Meredith Vieira mingling with the crowd
All of us in the crowd were disappointed to learn that weatherman Al Roker was on vacation, and Matt Lauer was out recovering from a deer encounter on his bike. Still, anchors Meredith Vieira and Lester Holt did a good job of making everyone feel welcome when they came out to do a few quick liveshots.

Meredith did the most mingling, posing for pictures and addressing many in the crowd (myself included) as “sweetie.”

I was standing right behind her as she gave a journalism student the chance to read some on-air copy.

Caught On Camera: Watching Meredith Vieira shine the spotlight on an aspiring journalist

I was caught on camera two more times — during a quick pan of the crowd, and when Lester Holt teased what was coming up.

It’s A Sign: Sharing my diary writing habit with Today’s audience

Though I didn’t get to mention SGITC on air, I enjoyed my fleeting 15 seconds of fame — especially because it’s motivated me to pay a visit to Today’s competitors. The Early Show and Good Morning America, here I come!

2 comments » | Good Morning America, national morning shows, shameless self-promotion, Studio 1A, The Early Show, Today Show

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