Posts Tagged ‘Roy Santoro’

Santa’s Newsroom Helper

For the past few years, I’ve organized the annual “Good Day Chicago” Secret Santa gift exchange at Fox Chicago.  For awhile, we jokingly said “SANTA” should stand for:  Secret and Non-denominational Transfer of Assets.  It’s politically correct, ‘eh?  Whatever.  It’s our annual opportunity to thank every hardworking member of our staff for all they do all year. It takes quite a team to put on a newscast and most work behind-the-scenes. So I want to share and show off some of these beautiful people.

Sorry for all the blurry pictures – technically difficulties with my digital camera.  (I think Santa is bringing a new one!)

Also, thanks to my pal Mike Pirozzoli of Wing Stop on N. Milwaukee for providing all the yummy food.


12 2009

Outside In

Producers Beth Boylan & Roy Santoro:  Jackets required.

Producers Beth Boylan & Roy Santoro: Jackets required.

I arrived at work this morning to find just about everyone in the Fox Chicago newsroom all bundled up – as if they just walked in from our colder-than-average weather and then plopped down at their computers.  Wait, that’s because they did.  After weeks of relatively comfortable newsroom temperatures, a cold front had moved back in.

Anchor David Novarro makes it clear “I’d like it to go on record.  I don’t like it. I’d prefer to be comfortable.”  Co-anchor Jan Jeffcoat adds, “My fingers are frozen.  I can barely type!”

Roy estimates the room temperature is in the low 60′s.  He tells me, “Even my soul is cold and that’s a dark place.”  Without missing a beat, audio tech George Sarantos walks by and says, “What do you mean?  You have no soul!”

David and Jan in the studio/sauna.

David and Jan in the sauna-like studio.

I figured out one good source of warmth.  After printing out materials for my story assignment, I let everyone know “If you print things, they come out warm!”

Mark never lets you see him sweat!

Mark tracks the temperatures inside and out!

Soon after, David and Jan walked into another temperature extreme – the studio felt like a sauna.   Meterologist Mark Strehl has his jacket off.  But he keeps it nearby because he knows the newsroom cold front might move faster than anything on his weather radars.


10 2009

Crazy Roy

Crazy Roy is all business in the control room.

Crazy Roy is all business in the control room.

Every office seems to have certain people who keep the place lively and laughing.  We’ve got a lot of personalities like that on the morning shift at Fox Chicago.  But a big standout is producer Roy Santoro.  He’s proud that I refer to him as Crazy Roy.  This guy works hard in the evolving news biz but he also plays hard.  More than once he’s told me he’s surprised to still be alive.

Just yesterday he asked the newsroom, “Is it so wrong to be disgusting?”  Roy usually can’t go more than five minutes without using the F-word.  So last year, I challenged him to go an entire workday without dropping any F-bombs. I even offered to donate $100 to the charity of his choice if he could do it. Everyone in the newsroom lent their ears to enforce to challenge and he did pretty well.  But during the sixth hour, a technical problem prompted a pretty big and loud “F*#%!”.  The whole newsroom reacted and he looked pretty disappointed.  Maybe it’s time for another challenge.

Grammy Winner Richard Marx and ABC Radio's Roe Conn, who confirms Roy is crazy!

Grammy Winner Richard Marx and ABC Radio's Roe Conn, who confirms Roy is crazy!

ABC Radio host Roe Conn happened to be in the newsroom yesterday.  He had worked with Roy years ago at WBBM-TV. When asked about Roy, Roe has a lot to share including a story about a newsroom fight!  I can’t recall the details but Roe says it made him respect Roy ever after. However, he adds, “I don’t know anyone darker, crazier or more passionate about hating himself.”

But we all know Roy is quite passionate about his work.  He can produce the heck out of a show and he’s got top-notch instincts when handling breaking news.  He may be crazy but a lot of people are crazy about him.


09 2009