One of the great things about getting the opportunity to produce and anchor WDAZ News @5 is that Stacie and I get to talk with some of the most interesting, talented and entertaining people in the world. “In the world” is no exaggeration, either. Take a look at a partial listing of News @5 guests in 2013. Some join us in the studio, others from around the world by way of satellite.
Connie Britton talked with us about the new season of ABC’s hit drama series Nashville. Angela Kinsey talked with us about the series wrap-up of The Office. Creator and Executive Producer John Langley told us what to expect from this season’s COPS.
We talked about reality television with NeNe Leakes, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermont. Trista and Ryan told us what their life is like together after The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Lisa Vanderpump talked with us about what it was like to compete on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
The Wiggles were with us again this year. Magician David Copperfield and jock Rick Fox were with us from Las Vegas. Country music legend Larry Gatlin joined us, as did Saturday Night Live alum Molly Shannon. Show business legend Shirley Jones chatted with us about her new tell-all book. John Carter Cash told us what it was like growing up with his legendary father, Johnny Cash. (Lots of legends this year.)
Kip Winger of the classic rock group Winger joined us in the studio.
UND graduate and Minnesota native Karen Nyberg talked with us from Russia just before spending six months at the International Space Station this year.
Happy to say that authors like Mitch Albom, David Baldacci, Jeffery Deaver, Janet Evanovich and Greg Meltzer are all regular guests. This year we were also joined for the first time by Fannie Flagg, the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. She told us about her new novel The All-Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion.
Speaking of authors, Marilyn Hagerty stopped by, not for the first time, to tell us about her new book Grand Forks written with chef Anthony Bourdain.
Good Morning America anchor Dan Harris talked with us. So did former GMA anchor Joan Lunden.
We chatted about Project Runway with Tim Gunn. Ted Allen was with us from The Food Network.
We were paid a visit from the cast of Sesame Street Live and Harlem GlobeTrotter Alex “Moose” Weekes showed us some of his basketball-handling skills.
We also chat regularly on News @5 with Arlette Moen about the animals up for adoption at the Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks and with Greg Rixen from Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop in Grand Forks about beer, wine and spirits. Both are among our most popular guests.
Alexander Platt stops by regularly to tell us what the (red hot) Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra is up to, as does a new friend, assistant conductor Beverly Everett. So does UND’s wonderful Red River Trio.
Singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau performed a song from his new album for us and comedian Bob Zany paid us his annual visit.
All and all, not a bad guest list, and not a bad year. 2014 shows no signs of slowing down, either.
Thanks for watching, everybody.