Wednesday, May 30, 2012

GOODBYE, FAREWELL AND AMEN

Today is Natalie Nunn's last official day at KSPR. Given the nature of live television, there are only a few certains attached to this event:

•It will be a fun broadcast between 5 - 7 a.m., so try to tune in.
•There will be a nice video tribute.
•Natalie will cry, and she won't be the only one.

I was named senior producer of KSPR News in the summer of 2007. Despite a lifetime in journalism, I had no experience in TV news. Then-News Director Brad Belote asked Natalie to show me the ropes.

That's right: Nunner was my mentor. She taught me how to produce a newscast. She taught me about VOs and VOSOTs, how to stack a show, how to bring that puppy in on time and on target. She schooled me on in and out points on the old linear editing system. She showed me shortcuts and workarounds and a hundred other things that I never suspected I needed to know.

She was so calm with this boy — so calm, so patient, so sweet. Here's your insider insight into Natalie Nunn: the nice woman you see on television is just as nice in person. She's not a phony.

She's also a pro. Getting up in the middle of the night to do a morning broadcast is a unique sort of hell, and acting alive and awake and energetic at 5 a.m. is hard, very hard. Now try doing it in front of a camera, knowing there are thousands of people looking at you — at what you wear, how you look, how you sound, how you act. It's a talent that very few people have. Natalie has it in spades.

Natalie and her husband, Frank, and their children — Hays and Taylor — are moving to Texas soon. The girl from Marshfield is starting a new life chapter with her family. This is terrific news, and our little tribe at KSPR wishes them much luck and love.

But we'll miss you, Natalie. I'll miss you, Nunner. I'm grateful to have known you. I wouldn't be where I am without you.

I'll miss your sweetness and your patience, your willingness to listen and your advice. And you're right about 2016.

To borrow your phrase: it's been a joy, Natalie Nunn. Thank you for blessing my life.

2 comments:

Jason Wert said...

Natalie is a class act both on screen and off. She is a great example to young women out there that you can have a great career that is a passion while at the same time a solid marriage and wonderful family. If I had a daughter, I would have no problem having them look up to Natalie. Her move is a big gain for Texas and a big loss for the Ozarks.

Matt Lemmon said...

Doing a.m. morning GO spots with Natalie and Kyle was the most fun I ever had getting up at 5:15 a.m., which I promise is more of a compliment than is seems. Best of luck, N.