Around the first of the year he submitted a tape to the Illinois Broadcaster Association filled with his live weather reports. Once IBA gets the entries, the organizations sends the tapes to a selected market to judge the entries. This year the entries were judged by television station representatives in Kansas City. These representatives choose who they believe is the best entry from each category and that entry is given the top award.
We found out this spring that JC was a finalist for the award. He was competing against a weather person at WSIL in Southern Illinois and another weather person in Peoria. He had scoped out the competition and was a little nervous about who would take home the award. Last night, retelling the moments before receiving the title, he said he was full of nerves as the names were announced for the finalists. He then saw and heard himself on the screen, indicating he had won! Of course, he was ecstatic. JC and Tom Skilling, the weather legend in Chicago, were given the awards last night for “Best Weathercasters” in Illinois. Tom Skilling won for the Chicago-land area. He is JC’s idol, so this just made the award that much better.
|JC's IBA Award|
Working in television is an extremely stressful – and many times thankless job (especially for the people behind the scenes, the heart of the news). Everything the on-air talent does is up for scrutiny. In no other job are flaws the main thing that are pointed out. JC sacrifices missing out on family holidays and events and having a “normal” schedule and life. It is something we both have had to learn to adjust to once I got out of television news and now have a “normal”schedule – and still have a hard time dealing with at times after two years. I believe this award helped reassure JC that all of those 48 hour work days during severe weather, holidays missed, weeks working six days straight, criticisms from viewers about your hair or how you said a word, and not having a “normal” schedule was worth the sacrifice for himself and our family.
Congrats James, you’ve always been “Best Weathercaster” in my book! Continue to follow your life passion and dreams – this is just the beginning!