When I got the email about being on the Australian morning show, Sunrise, I immediately wrote back and said yes and would they rather an in person interview? I’ve always wanted to visit Australia, I worked with Scott Hicks on the movie Hearts in Atlantis years ago and I loved chatting with his family about their home country. & my friend Meredith has fantastic stories about her time in the country. One day, one day!! If I ever make it down and around, I look forward to accepting their invitation to come join them at the studio.
The neatest thing of the whole experience was when I walked in the studio, the producer came right over and said ‘Ashly Covington? Were you a For Kid Sake Ambassador for Channel 6?’
‘Yes, absolutely!’ My years as a FKS kid were life shaping for me. It was a program developed by an amazing woman, Norma Blalock. Norma created a team of kids that represented the television station. We were at park openings, walked in the parades, read at the hospitals AND we got to ‘work’ at the station. We had a saturday morning slot on the station and each week we created a new show. They had us working all sides of production and it was a learning experience like none other.
Well, small worlds are small worlds and it turned out the producer standing in front of me was Sarah Alderson who was one of the producers of the FKS program. It was incredible to catch up and to be able to make the connection of how those early years shaped everything that we are both doing today. I’m forever indebted to WTVR TV6 for taking a chance on a group of kids and letting us create, grow and take responsibility for the community. I’m also forever grateful to my mom who whisked all over town to get me everything I needed for the audition that I told her about probably the night before. My mom rocks.
Sarah got me all set up with the earpiece and camera frame. It is funny to try and listen to someone through an earpiece and chat back to the camera. There was a bit of a delay but I am still impressed that I was able to chat with SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE and ANDREW O’KEEFE with such ease. They were great fun and I hope one day I can meet them in Australia for an in person chat & ‘hand off’ 🙂 We wanted to have a little hand judging competition but were unable to get a live feed situated back at my end in Virginia.