I'm the elder statesman, both in age and tenure, of our pre-dawn gang at Good Morning San Antonio. My alarm has been going off way too early since 2001.
I still get a kick out of watching people wince when I tell them 2 a.m. is when my day begins.
Sure, it's tough getting up that early, but it's worth it. That's because of the group we've assembled both in front and behind the camera.
It sounds cliche' but we're like one big, sometimes dysfunctional, family. We get along, we bicker, but in the end, we all work well together and like each other which shows on the air.
We like to have fun and ease people into their day with exactly what they need -- the latest news, traffic and weather.
I think people like watching GMSA because we're just ourselves on the air. A phrase I learned in high school theatre is "Breaking down the 4th wall," the imaginary wall between the actors on stage and the audience.
We just talk with you like we're sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee. Speaking of coffee, we down a lot of it!
The relationship we've built with you really shows when there's severe weather, breaking news or major traffic problems. And that's when our experience shows.
I've been in San Antonio for 18 years and doing weather for 26 years. Leslie and Mark have many years of experience, and Marcus and Robert know the city inside and out with SAPD. I think during those times when we're on the air with non-stop coverage there's no other group that can do it better than us.
We like to say that being on TV isn't really a "normal" job, but in the end we're just like anyone else. We have spouses and kids, homes and bills, school, practice, band, scouts, etc.
In other words, we all get to start our busy days together. We just have to hit the shower sooner than most.
What also makes it easier to start the day before the sun even thinks about rising is that you have made us No. 1 in San Antonio for a long time. We hope that continues.