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Behind the scenes: Weekend Morning Show with Chris St. Clair


Scott Meiklejohn, Content Producer
March 24, 2013 — Ever wonder what it takes to put the weekend morning show with Chris St. Clair together? Producer, Scott Meiklejohn, gives you an exclusive inside look.


Media Producer, Rod, helps make the magic happen on our early morning weekend show
Media Producer, Rod, helps make the magic happen on our early morning weekend show

Hi, I'm Scott Meiklejohn and I'm a producer here at The Weather Network.

We wanted to give you a special behind the scenes look at how we put together The Weekend Morning Show.

Chris St.Clair and I start work at 3 A.M. at The National Weather Centre in our studio in Oakville, Ontario.

Trust us, coffee is our best friend this early in the morning.

Right away, we get briefed by a meteorologist, in today's case Gina Ressler, on the weather across Canada.

We go through each region and learn about the various systems present and long range that will be impacting our country. 

After this, Chris and I decide what the main focus of the show will be. Our show is all about collaboration.

Our philosophy is, the idea we build together will always be better than the ones we come up with on our own.

When we've decided on the focus, Chris and I get working on the blueprints for the show called 'rundowns'. Chris is actively involved in this process.

A typical rundown is typed up on the computer, but Chris likes to write his out by hand. I've picked up the habit myself and now stick with it.

Next is checking over viewer video. That's your video, that you send to us (Thank you!!).

We couldn't put together such a great show without all the stunning video sent in by our viewers across the country.

Special thanks to Beverly Quinlan, Wayne McIssac and Norma Leslie who send in either photos or videos almost every day.

The Sunday Quiz has been a long running tradition among the weekend morning show crew
The Sunday Quiz has been a long running tradition among the weekend morning show crew

Rod our media producer, shows up at 4 A.M. and Chris suits up to start cranking out hits.

In the video above you can see the comparison between Chris in the big green studio without any of the effects vs. the finished on-air product.

It's a pretty drastic comparison, wouldn't you say?  

Shortly after this, Kasia shows up to join the morning show.

As you can see in the video, some people -- errr Kasia -- don't like being on camera this early in the morning.

Something you might not know about Chris is that he doesn't use a prompter for any hits. Can you believe it?

He can do this because his memory for statistics and geography is outstanding.

One of our most popular segments is Force of Nature Extended, and in the video you can see Chris' ad-libbing skills at work.

He just needs to hear a number or location once and then with a recollection ability that would put elephants to shame, he's good to go!

Countless times I've watched Chris remember exact statistics that I rattled off hours before our show has started without batting an eye.

Once Kasia is ready to go, and our other media producer Steve Perko arrives, it's time to work her into the show.

If you watch carefully during certain hits, you can see Steve in the background directing the show from just behind our Active Weather Set.  

Last but certainly not least, I want to let you in on something no one else knows about: The Sunday Quiz.

'The Sunday Quiz' has been a tradition on The Weekend Morning Show for years.

Every Sunday on a break between hits, Chris will read out the a quiz found in one of our local papers.

For a moment the whole crew will stop what they're doing and participate.

Yes, this is dorky, but charming wouldn't you say?

Thanks for watching our behind the scenes look at how we put together The Weekend Morning Show.

Let us know what you think by Tweeting us @weathernetwork or commenting on this blog below.

We'll see you next weekend!

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