CoVa “Best Of” Event

29 07 2014

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Last week I attended the “Best Of Gala” for Coastal Virginia Magazine. It was held at the Half Moone Cruise &Celebration Center in downtown Norfolk, VA. It as a fun event with lots of food tasting opportunities with various “best of” restaurants from around the Hampton Roads area being represented!

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T and I were able to get a caricature of us made….however in the collage above, it’s actually my TV Co-Host. Chris Reckling, who jumped into the artists’ seat when he went for a break! He did a great job, right!?!?

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Chris and I were actually there to present the award for  “Best Of People’s Choice” for the night, and that went to Chef Scott Simpson at Swan Terrace. All in all a fun night out!

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T and I enjoying the party, you can see our “real” caricature drawing that was done, in my hand…

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Me with The Hampton Roads Show Executive Producer, Stephanie.

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And — with Face of Fox 43…Andria Lea



Bria Kelly from NBC’s The Voice

5 07 2014

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I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Miss Bria Kelly of NBC’s “The Voice” fame… She is a local to Hampton Roads and stopped by the show to talk about life post-The Voice. She was really sweet and I hope she continues to live out her dream of a career in music.

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Click on the player below to watch the interview…

Bria (and Chef Bob from Farm Fresh) also agreed to take part in our friendly “Fun and Games” competition for the show…first one to empty the tissue box wins!

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Click play below to who was best with the “Handy Hanky!”



Bobbing for Bananas

30 06 2014

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Things went  a little “bananas” on The Hampton Roads Show today… Special guest co-host Alex Scott joined me in studio, he’s a comedian/actor/writer and has appeared on Def Comedy Jam as well as BET’s Coming to the Stage, and most recently he was a writer for the Arsenio Hall Show. Well, we had a bobbing for bananas contest on the show today. I’ve never done anything like that before in my life….and well, you’ll have to watch the video to see how the competition turned out…



Hot Topics and Co-Hosts

28 06 2014

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This past Friday I had the opportunity to work alongside a couple radio co-hosts on my TV show, since my regular co-host had been out of town. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but it turned out to be great fun! My guest co-hosts were Woo Woo and Mike Powers, who are the weekday morning drive duo on 94.9 The Point in the Norfolk/Va Beach area, joined me on “The Hampton Roads Show,” and we chatted it up on hot topics of the day.

And — since everybody is always asking where they can catch clips of the show…well, click below! We don’t usually post the welcome segment with hot topics, but  I thought since this was a “special” show we ought to do it…and here it is… :)



HYPNOTIZE ME

20 06 2014

richguzzi I was hypnotized on TV today…yup HYPNOTIZED! Comedian Rich Guzzi who does “Comedy Hypnosis” was a guest on The Hampton Roads Show, since he’s performing at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone this weekend…and I agreed to go “under!” Just watch the video below… It was the strangest feeling!! When he first had me staring at the light I was thinking this isn’t going to work…but I tried to relax and just let him do his thing. The funny part is when he kinda throws me down in my lap. I kept thinking I can snap out of this at any time (but I didn’t try) and my other thought was, “my hair is all over the place.” HAHA! I was aware of what was happening, and still had my own thoughts, so I do remember what was going on…I don’t know, it was a strange feeling. I did feel a sense of euphora afterwards though…like a breath of fresh air! Check out some of the “play by play” photos from the show!



Flying Proms

4 06 2014

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I’ve been living and working in Virginia for a little more than 2 weeks now, and there’s nothing like acclimating yourself to new settings than by seeing the lay of the land. Well, I got to fly the friendly skies in a World War II era airplane…we’re talking open-air cockpit and prop engine! It was quite the experience as I got to fly high above Virginia Beach/Pungo area….and it was all so I could get a first hand preview of the “Flying Proms” event. Press play below to watch me take flight….we even used a Go Pro to get some of the in-plane footage!

And here’s a few more photos from my aviation adventure…

 



In the Kitchen with Chef Kyler

30 05 2014

Everyday on The Hampton Roads Show…we have a chef or people cooking in the kitchen. Today we had a chef who is competing on the new season of The Next Food Network Star – debuts this Sunday! He is a Virginia native and wants to give his food a “modern” spin…check out my interview and cooking segment with Chef Chris Kyler…



The Hampton Roads Show

20 05 2014

Tomorrow will be my first day on air as a (new) Host of The Hampton Roads Show at WAVY TV 10 in the Portsmouth/Norfolk/Virginia Beach market! Yep, I have moved on from Miami. This is truly a unique and awesome opportunity to host a dynamic daily lifestyle and entertainment show! I’m really excited to be part of something like this and although moving and transitions can be tough, sometime we just have to change it up and push ourselves on to the “next.”

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Think Today Show/Live with Kelly and Michael…hot topics, makeovers, giveaways, cooking, comedians, live bands/artists, local interviews, etc… I do have a co-host in Chris Reckling, so it’s not completely my own show, but pretty close. I am excited for the opportunity because these kind of hosts jobs don’t happen everyday! Plus, it’s kind of like something I’ve always dreamed of doing, and I told myself I would only go back to TV full time to host my own show…dreams do come true!

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The hour-long show airs everyday at 11am on the NBC affiliate in the Hampton Roads market, so if you’re in the area tune in…otherwise you can visit the website and see clips from the show…

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Ariane Aramburo is the outgoing host, as she returns to her home state of Alaska, to take a Morning Anchor position there. I wish her the best of luck!!! Above is a little snapshot of us as she “passes the torch,” from one AA to another… ;)