Moving is an occupational hazard in the local TV business. Grant Hermes had a new job to get to in Detroit at WDIV, so he, his fiancé Becca, their 85-pound dog, and 18-pound cat, set out in a pickup truck from Oklahoma City during the coronavirus crisis. Not everything went smoothly.
Moving is an occupational hazard in the local TV business.
Kind of like the military or professional sports. From small market to medium, from reporter to anchor, from general staff member to manager, from one salary to a bigger one, whatever the reason, most people who work in local TV will have to make a move during their career.
For some, it can be an adventure, the chance to see some sights along the way. Maybe stop at some road-side attractions.
But moving a thousand miles in early April at the height of the pandemic and in the middle of uncertainty is never the right time to be moving.
However, Grant Hermes, a reporter, had a new job to get to in Detroit at Graham’s NBC affil WDIV, so he, his fiancé Becca, their 85-pound dog, and 18-pound cat, set out in a pickup truck from Oklahoma City.
Not everything went smoothly.
You can read all about it as Hermes recounts the details in a sometimes funny, often poignant story of empty roads, safe-distancing, disinfectants, goodbyes without touching, and empty apartments and air mattresses.
Click here to read Hermes tale of leaving his job as a local morning news anchor and reporter in Oklahoma City and moving to Detroit in the middle of the worst pandemic the nation has experienced since the influenza outbreak in 1918.
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