To Dye For (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

A funny anchor moment....it happens!

AN ACCUSATION BY ACCIDENT

When Shannon Brinias and I anchor the newscasts, most of it is scripted.  That's the way it works in TV news,  unless there's breaking news, then none of it is scripted.  At the same time, we want to be conversational when we deliver the news, so once in a while or twice in a while we'll change up the wording on the fly, maybe ad lib a little bit.  It could be an extra sentence or phrase..something that feels right and relevant to the story.

On Sunday we ran a story about consumer reports testing various hair dyeing methods to see if it's better done at home or in a salon.  The script leading into the report mentioned that half the women out there color their hair.  Shannon, realizing that not only women watch news, mentioned that some men do too.

The camera shot for that story was from the side, with both of us looking at the camera, I can't see Shannon.  Normally if she ad-libs something I might look at her to acknowledge it.  This time, and she realized it as she said it, she looked at me, gestured at me, and said, " even some men do"...as if to imply that I dye my hair. 

She felt bad about it, and apologized to me during the report.  I told her, "No problem" and laughed.  It wasn't a big deal, except that to the viewers, it may have seemed that she was getting in a dig, literally behind my back, but on the air!   Watch the video and you'll see what I mean.

For the record, I don't color my hair, I would admit it if I did. 

I just hope she doesn't throw me an accidental accusatory look the next time we talk about a criminal!

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward

 

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