For many of you that means going to baseball games, mowing the lawn or running outside instead of on a treadmill.
For those of us in TV news, it means one thing.
There are four months during the year designated as ratings periods. It is standard practice in newsrooms all over the country that no one (NOT ONE PERSON) is allowed to take time off during these times. And don’t even think about calling in sick. Dead, maybe. Sick, no.
This concept is absolutely bizarre to some of my friends, and most of my family. I’ve been in this line of work for about a decade now, yet my parents still ask me to go somewhere warm with them in February (a ratings month), attend weddings in May or July (ratings months) or come home for Thanksgiving in November (you get the idea).
Of course, you don’t need me to tell you when these times of year roll around. If you watch local news, you are well aware of it because this is when stations run promos like this:
“Tomorrow night at ten . . . it’s in your house. . . probably right under your nose . . . you don’t even know it’s there, but IT COULD KILL YOU! Don’t miss our special report!!!”
Of course the goal is to get you to watch. Those of us who do the producing and reporting of these “special reports” hope that you watch, and learn something.
Speaking of which, we have a Channel 13 Investigation for you tonight at 10 . . . Sonya Heitshusen continues her stories on the CIETC salary scandal. She’s spent the past few weeks digging through paperwork from various government agencies, and as taxpayers you should be very interested in what she’s found.
Back to this whole “no time off” issue . . . do you know of any other industries in which there are certain months when employees aren’t allowed to be absent? If so, please send me an email. We’ll have a lively discussion about the crazy things we do for our careers.
Thanks for reading, and watching!