I don’t want to write this. In fact, I’ve been putting it off for weeks, but since it needed to be in this article, here it is.
2021 is officially over and frankly I’m a little disappointed. I really felt like I was starting to feel comfortable in my shoes from 2021 and now all of a sudden I’m supposed to be walking around in 2022. I don’t know what you think of the new year, but for me it’s still a huge adjustment.
These first two weeks of the New Year are just weird. It’s cold and there is frost or maybe snow, but Christmas is over and the decorations have slowly started to fade. Everyone is on a diet and in the gym. I will spend the next three months practicing using the correct year to write the date.
So before I take that huge step forward and head into what the next 12 months will bring, I thought it would be fun to pause and reflect on some of my personal highlights from 2021. L he last year has provided me with incredible opportunities as a journalist. Things I would never have had the chance to do if I had the job I have. Clearly at the top of my 2021 list is John Schneider.
Not only did I get the chance to visit the man known to viewers around the world as Bo Duke or Jonathan Kent, but I got to spend almost an entire day with him. After doing a great phone interview with him for a story I was doing on his next event in Springfield, I was fortunate enough to attend this event.
I was invited as a VIP, had unrestricted access to John throughout the day, and even got to tour around town with him in a replica of the General Lee. If you have the chance, I encourage you to read my editorial “What a ride! My day with John Schneider aka Bo Duke! if you haven’t already. It’s a fun read, I promise.
I think a close second, if not almost a tie for the first, would be my phone interview with NFL legend Terry Bradshaw, who is becoming a regular at Branson with his show on stage. Having the chance to visit Terry, as well as his wife Tammy, on the phone in November has been a pleasure. Probably one of my favorite interviews. He was an easy guy to talk to and it felt more like a conversation than an interview, which is always great.
While I got to see Terry perform at the Clay Cooper Theater on December 10, COVID protocols prevented me from meeting him in person. I hope I get the chance when he comes back to town this year for one of his dozen scheduled performances.
Some of the other great interviews I’ve been able to do over the past year have included entertainment legends such as Terri Clark, TG Sheppard, Rudy Gatlin and several others. I have also had the chance to meet newcomers to the industry, including Chelsey James and Alex Miller; which I have definitely become a fan of since.
One of the funniest and probably the most interesting stories I’ve been able to tell this year has been the follow-up to my interview with Sam Longoria, who attended a screening of Ghostbuster’s Afterlife at the Branson IMAX. Longoria is a filmmaker and was actually a member of the crew for Ivan Reitman’s original film, Ghostbusters.
It was a fun interview and an overall wonderful experience talking to someone who has been in the movie industry for so long. It’s great to have Longoria in Branson and I can’t wait to learn more about her upcoming projects.
When I first became a journalist and entered the world of journalism, I quickly realized and developed it into a kind of motto for myself. “Every day is a new adventure.” It’s true. While I can get a general idea of what the day might bring or where my job might take me, there are days when I’m completely surprised at what I’m going to cover. So when I got a call from Lynn Berry of the Branson Chamber of Commerce, I had a feeling there was going to be an affair soon. I was right.
Thanks to a last-second partnership with the Branson Tri-Lakes News and the Branson Chamber, I was able to attend the Missouri Bicentennial Ball at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. As entertainment editor Lynn and BTN editor Mandy Farrow agreed I had to attend the event to cover the Duttons, who had been personally selected by Governor Mike Parson to perform live. during the event.
I also had the privilege of being able to take my sister to the prom with me, who got to see her older brother doing his job in person for the first time. Needless to say, I think she was slightly disappointed with the number of expectations my work includes, but still enjoyed the experience. Having such an opportunity is one that I will never forget.
Speaking of things I will never forget, I also saw someone buried alive this year. I don’t know what you think, but I promise you it’s not as bad as you think.
Branson’s illusionist Phil Dalton was locked in a wooden coffin, lowered six feet into the ground, buried by several tons of earth, rocks and clay, then escaped from the locked coffin and was crawled through tons of dirt in just 23 minutes. . While this was happening, I was standing only 20 or 30 feet away.
Seeing an escape attempt live was fascinating and exciting. I can’t wait to see Phil’s show at the Branson Star Theater this year and let you know what it has to offer.
Outside of my day-to-day duties as entertainment editor, I found myself becoming the chairman of the bi-weekly blood drives this year. At the end of last summer, I contacted the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks to see if they would be interested in hosting a blood drive here at our journal office in Hollister. We have the perfect space for it and they quickly agreed. In 2021, we organized three blood drives, all of which attracted a lot of people. I look forward to growing our partnership this year and hopefully the number of records we are hosting.
Tim’s Christmas Tree Corner was another fun new inclusion in our weekly newspapers. Introducing a new Christmas tree to town in every edition of the newspaper was something I looked forward to every week. The positive reception I have received has been wonderful and inspiring. He will definitely be back in November. I’m also looking to do a different kind of special Tim’s Corner piece for the other 10 months of the year that I do something special in town. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions!
When I started writing this article, I made a list of all the things I covered in 2021 that I wanted to include. Sadly, I’ve only gone through about a quarter of this list. I have covered a lot of ground in the last year and expect my coverage to only increase in the months and years to come.
As I always do, I want to take the end of this editorial to encourage all of you with a fun and entertaining show, theater, attraction or event to come contact me. It’s crazy, but one of the things I get asked the most about is the region’s appreciation for shows and theaters. I want to include more area appreciation dates in my entertainment section. If you have one, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I’ll add that if you have a new series, a new cast member, or something new, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you do anything interesting or cool that you think our readers would like to know, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you’re opening a new attraction, adding a new room to your attraction, hosting a new exhibit, or celebrating anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t hesitate to contact me.
If you see the same person, place, or thing related to a show, theater, attraction, or entertainment regularly in the newspaper and you think, “Why do they keep appearing in the newspaper?” The honest answer is, they’re the ones who regularly let me know what they’re up to. Needless to say, they don’t hesitate and you shouldn’t hesitate either. Email me today at [email protected] or message me through my official Tim Church Media Facebook page. I would love to hear from you!