SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Our jobs at KSLA News 12 are not as difficult or life-altering as doctors, police officers, or fire fighters who traditionally work most holidays. But many of us here do have one thing in common with many of them. We all worked Thanksgiving Day.
Newscast directors, audio technicians, prompter operators and news producers are just some of the positions manned around the clock, each and every day, to put KSLA newscasts on the air.
“If you want to be in TV news, you have to work holidays,” points out KSLA operations and content manager Tyrone Davis.
“The station is always running so somebody has to be here,” says newscast director Hunter Arnold. “I’m away from my family for the first time (at Thanksgiving) since I was born, I guess.”
“You do it for the love of it,” adds Davis who has worked in TV news for 32 years, 23 of them at KSLA.
It’s certainly tough for anyone to be away from home during the holidays, especially for some of the younger employees, like 19 year old production assistant De’Andre Ashley.
“It took me a while to realize that my family didn’t just have to be my blood," explains Ashley, whose blood family lives in Tennessee.
“I’m thankful I have a job,” continues Arnold, who says he owes his positive outlook on the necessity of hard work on time spent with his grandfather who passed away a few years ago.
“When I was younger, I worked on the farm with Grandpa,” Arnold said. “He instilled in me that hard work is going to pay off in the end. If I need to work, I need to work.”