New Beginnings! :)

A Special thank you…

First and foremost, I have to thank everyone SO much for the incredibly overwhelming amount of lovely messages I have received since “breaking the news”…I am unable to express my gratitude for your kinds words…Chris and I have been reading each and every one, and they have brought smiles to our faces and warmth to our hearts.  Thank you again so much – we are very moved. 

I understand that everyone is curious as to why I have made the decision to move on, so I decided it would be easiest to leave a note here with “the scoop” for all to read, and clear up any questions people may have.

The “Scoop”!

Truthfully,  there is no “scoop”.  Quite honestly, it’s just… “time”.   I’ve had an absolutely amazing 5 seasons at Daytime Ottawa and have loved every minute of my time at Rogers TV.  The staff, volunteers, guests, viewers, and especially Derick have brought so much joy into my life each and every day, and I will be forever grateful for my experience there.   So much so that I stayed far longer than I ever expected to!  All because I loved it too much to go!  I have  always known in the back of my mind that I would have to move on eventually, and now, well, the time is just right.  Sometimes , in order for exciting changes to happen in your life, you can’t just wait for them – you have to make those changes happen.  

Rogers TV provides incredible opportunities in television for people like me  (who come from absolutely zero experience whatsoever),  to grow and learn and “give it a shot”.  I have gained so much invaluable experience during my time there, experience  that never in a million years I could have even dreamt would be possible for me.   Now, it’s time to take what I have learned,  apply  all of the lessons to what lies before me in the next phase of my life, and move forward.   And, most importantly, it’s time for me to step aside and let a new young girl have the opportunity to grow and learn there – just like I did. **Special note to her …whoever she may be:   I wish you all the success and happiness that I had there!  You’re going to love it – soak it all in! 🙂

Sooo…What’s Next?

My hubby and I have a lot of things we have wanted to do with our dance business for a very long time, and he has been wonderfully patient for the past five years letting me play around on Daytime while he works his butt off – Lol!   All kidding aside though…never once did he ever make me feel that “it was time to go”…. he has been my number one supporter through thick and thin, and always believed more than anyone else that it was important for me to explore the possibilities that the TV world could bring.  As a result, he gave me all of the time in the world I needed,  helped me in every way he possibly could, and, most importantly,  stood beside me every step of the way.   And for that.. I am eternally grateful to him.   Everything I am…I owe to him.

 Moving forward,  I will still actively be doing TV and MC work, but more on a freelance basis.  Those of you who really know me, know very well that I always have A LOT of projects on the go behind-the-scenes at any given time, and I will now be fully able to work on taking some of those projects to the next level.  I’m pretty excited about that, and will keep you posted along the way.  

The other major – and number one – priority filling my days will be “Dance With TLC”.  Truly…dancing with Chris remains my first love in life, and I will be focusing on that as I move forward.  Chris and I will be expanding our “Dance With TLC” business with all of the things we have been talking about doing for a very long time – and now the time has come!    We will be introducing beginner group classes, Saturday night parties with dance demonstrations, corporate team-building workshops, charity events – you name it!  We’re even launching a new travel arm of our business that combines our two loves – dancing and travel!  Stay tuned for details on that – but suffice it to say that it will involve teaching people to travel the world by day,  and dance by night!   All while cruising the seven seas!  Fun!!

So, as you can see,  one thing is for sure – I’m very much looking forward to all of the adventures that this next phase brings me – whatever they are!   I haven’t felt this much excitement for what lies ahead in a long time, and I can’t wait for what tomorrow brings….   

Thank you again to all that have made the past 5 years so irreplaceable for me…. I’ll be around!  🙂

xoxoxo…TL.

ps – We’ll keep everyone posted on what we’re up to through our “Dance With TLC” on Facebook and Twitter,  this blog,  and of course our email:  DanceWithTLC@gmail.com

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Raders – Out!

Raders – Out!

Just taking a moment to wish everyone a safe, happy, and healthy Holiday Season and all through 2011! 

We are on our yearly pilgrimage to Mexico for our TL & C Christmas traditions of sun & sand instead of snow, and margaritas & taquitos instead of eggnog & turkey.  Midnight Mass is in Spanish, but we know it off by heart so that doesn’t matter….

We included a couple of photos of our entire schedule for the coming weeks should you be wondering what we’re up to:

Daytime Plans...

 

Afternoon Plans...Namaste

Evening Plans....

 

Christmas Plans....

Birthday Plans....

 

Sending lots of love and peace to everyone.  Be kind to each other, and cherish every moment….

…..and that’s 2010’s TLC.

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Live With OTTAWA and Kelly!

Live With OTTAWA and Kelly!

Ok…soooo….in case you haven’t heard the amazing news, the hit morning TV show LIVE! with Regis and Kelly have announced that they are searching for “Men of Radio” to co-host with Kelly for a day! 

I think we can all agree that this is an incredible opportunity for our local radio boys, and a few of our city’s radio hosts (and one expatriate, but we still claim you as ours, Cubby!) have thrown their hats in the ring to be considered…sooo….let’s help them get nominated! 

NB:  You don’t have to only nominate one – you can nominate them all – and as often as you want until noon on Friday, Dec 10th.  The more the merrier as they say – strength in numbers will help get the producers to notice them.  Who knows, maybe all 5 boys would make it on with her – one for each day of the week!  Here’s a little taste of them in action:

Having our boys be considered could do wonderful things for our city, too…think about it… when Regis and Kelly visited PEI this past summer, the province climbed almost to the top of the list of most-searched topics on Google in the U.S for four days!!  That’s huge!!  Hmmmm…if we could get one of our Ottawa radio hosts on the list – Ottawa would be the “Googled One”, and certainly replace Toronto as the “Centre of the Universe” – finally!  Not to mention, the boys themselves would sing Ottawa’s praises and put our beautiful city on the map where it belongs as the proud capital of our great country, eh?  Oh! Canada!

Being the certified (or…certifiable?) BIGGEST Regis & Kelly fan in the universe, and co-host of “Ottawa’s” Regis & Kelly – Daytime Ottawa, I felt it to be my municipal duty to step-up and help in some way (along with…of course…my ever-supportive, multi-talented, and generous husband/all-night-editor, Chris), so this blog is our “plug” for them, and for our fine city!  The nomination form is quite long and asks for a few links and things, but we’ve collected what we can from the guys and provided it all below for you to cut and paste away, and make the nomination process easier!!   Remember – these are just guidelines…PLEASE feel free to change, add, edit as you desire to help make the nominees shine, and if you have any suggestions that will help – by all means – leave a comment below with the info!   Like we said – strength in numbers! 

When you’re ready – here is the link to nominate!

MAULER: 

(station):  http://www.hot899.com/

(videos): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoU_osBuyS0    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab3d76NVJf8

(audio):   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bO9Dy2pZKg&feature=related

(bio):  http://www.hot899.com/inside.asp?mn=11&id=3963&f=1

Mauler has 20 years of broadcasting experience and is currently the host of “The Morning HOT Tub with Mauler, Rush, Jenni and Josie” on Ottawa’s #1 Hit Music Station, The New HOT 89-9.  In addition to his role on radio, Mauler is frequently caught on TV as he has hosted Rogers TV’s Daytime Ottawa, and was host of Ottawa Living, a weekly entertainment television show on Rogers TV.  Also, Mauler is the host of Canada’s biggest countdown – “The Canadian Hit 30 with Mauler and Rush”. The syndicated countdown is heard coast to coast and reaches over 1 million listeners every weekend. He was also recently an instructor at Algonquin College where he taught ‘Announcing 101’ to first year radio broadcasting students.
 
Mauler has great commitment to his community, spending as much time as he can working for local charities and non-profit organizations such as The Ottawa Food Bank, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Kids’ Help Phone, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Easter Seals’ Society and Junior Achievement –  to name a few.   He has even been buried alive in concrete, trapped underwater, and locked in a coffin, all for 48 straight hours – raising tens of thousands of dollars for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Trust.

If Mauler is chosen to co-host with Kelly, he will no doubt be the perfect partner for her – he has even taken “Regis Bootcamp Lessons” to get ready for the role!  It has been his life-long dream to sit beside Kelly, and would love this opportunity to make his dream come true!

It should also be noted, he loves cheese.

CUB CARSON:

(station) http://www.live105.ca

(video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HFxgToRiuo

(audio) http://www.live105.ca/default/staticdjsshows/morningmob

(bio) http://www.live105.ca/default/staticdjsshows/morningmob

Top Reasons why Cub should fill in for Regis:

  • Cub Carson is a fifteen year veteran Radio & TV personality. For close to ten of those years, Cub has been waking up people at 106.9 The BEAR / Virgin radio in Ottawa, Canada and now getting up early at LIVE 105 in Halifax, Canada.
  • Cub’s been a fill in co-host on Rogers TV’s  Daytime Ottawa for the past three years.
  • Cub does a number of celebrity impressions, including a spot on impersonation of Regis himself.
  • This past June, Regis once tried to throw an oyster at Cub while at a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman.
  • Cub was once almost attacked by a tiger while emceeing a press conference.
  • Cub enjoys giving back to the community by being involved with charities such as the SPCA, the Canadian Cancer society as well as local children’s hospitals.

STUNTMAN STU:

(station) http://939bobfm.com

(video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zki5LIfq2OA

(audio) http://www.youtube.com/user/stuntmanstu1000

 (bio) http://stuntmanstu.blogspot.com/

Stu Schwartz is part of “Stuntman and the Shark” on 93.9 Bob fm and is the PA announcer for the Ottawa Senators hockey club. He recently launched the “Stuntman Stu Red Line Merlot” wine in support of the Senators foundation. In 2004 Stu received a United Way community builder award and was the recipient of a Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon award in 2005. A graduate from the radio broadcasting program at Algonquin College (1997), he was chosen as their top alumni in 2003. Stu is a great fit to fill in for Regis, as he is no stranger to TV, hosting Rogers TV’s Ottawa Living, and guest co-hosting on Rogers TV’s Daytime Ottawa.  Stu says, “I’ve been watching LIVE for 20 years and never thought in my wildest dreams that I would ever get this close!”  Stu lives in Ottawa with his wife and enjoys relaxing at home with his 2 children.

NEIL HEDLEY:

(station) http://www.ezrock.com/

(video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X2JjdgUXWw

(audio) http://www.ezrock.com/EZBreakfast.aspx

(bio) http://www.ezrock.com/Channels/Jocks/story.aspx?ID=1232976

With the exception of a brief, misspent youth at Sam The Record Man, every job Neil has ever had has involved a stage and/or a microphone.

For years he worked as a singer in Toronto, and toured with a band that opened for dozens of acts from the Temptations to Billy Ray Cyrus. As a stand-up comic, Neil toured North America sharing the stage with the likes of Brent Butt, Norm MacDonald and Richard Lewis. And radio has punched his bus ticket to scenic tourist hotspots like Oshawa… also Edmonton, Hamilton, Kitchener, Hartford, Washington, New York and Boston.

Neil couldn’t be more excited at the thought of sitting beside Kelly, after spending half his adult life in the US.   He’s had six straight top-rated morning shows, and has guest co-hosted for Rogers TV’s Daytime Ottawa, so knows the fun, chaos, and thrill of live morning TV!

KENNY B: 

 (station) http://www.hot899.com/

(video) http://www.youtube.com/kennyb899FM

(audio) http://www.youtube.com/kennyb899FM

(bio) http://www.hot899.com/inside.asp?mn=5&id=50&cc=11

Born in Toronto, Kenny B started in radio at the young age of 16 at the legendary ENERGY 108 and has been noted as the youngest announcer on a major market station in Toronto history – crediting his mentor and best friend Wayne Williams for his start.  After 10 years at ENERGY, he was offered a job at the #1 station in Calgary! We heard what he could do and brought him over to Ottawa to work his magic on Ottawa’s #1 HIT Music Station – The New HOT 89.9 FM! His comfortable, yet in-depth approach when communicating with the community has made him the most known and listened to On-air personality in Ottawa!

Kenny B is a master of all trades – he has done everything, including, stage managing major concerts, emceeing live events, and ACTING! Kenny Just finished filming a movie entitled “SNUFF” and will be off to Los Angles soon to film yet another film! You may have caught his good looks when watching music videos!(artists include 98 Degrees, Brian McKnight, Soul Decision, Massari…and others)! He is the voice of Capital Prophet Records and his voice can also be heard on national commercials throughout the world! Oh wait! The talent doesn’t stop there! He has also hosted concerts for major artists such as James Brown, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, BSB, N-Sync, LL Cool J, Nelly Furtado, K-CI and JoJo, and many more! 

Kenny would love the opportunity to co-host with Kelly – who is clearly TV’s #1 “Hottie”!

…..and that’s today’s TLC.  Good luck, Boys!!!

ps – who have YOU submitted a nomination for???

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Where in the hell have we been???

Where in the hell have we been???

Hi Friends….we felt we had to send a quick note to explain our absence of late.  You see, in TV land, this time of year is CRAZY with charity events and holiday functions so unfortunately it doesn’t leave us much time for blogging….we are literally on-the-go from first thing in the AM until we fall into bed at night with our heads hitting the pillows!  We have lots to fill you in on and will do asap – promise!  In the meantime, take care of those you love, and cherish every moment of each day! 🙂

xoxoxoxo… TL & C

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Dance with TLC – Webisode 3 – “The Church of Dance” – Part 3

Dance with TLC – Webisode 3 – “The Church of Dance” – Part 3

Part 3 - Getting to Work!

 In the first episode, we tackled choosing the colours.  In the second episode, we chose the new floor.  Now…it’s time to get to work!     

TL’s “Lesson Learned” of the day:  when painting immediately after shooting a live TV show and you’re still in full hair and makeup, at least take off your earrings.   Oops.   🙂                

                                                                                                                                                           NB – if you missed the back story of how this project came to be , we re-posted it below .     Or…you can just visit Webisode 1 or Webisode 2!

The Back Story:

Soooo…a couple of months ago we started a “project”.  We figured that we had been living like Gypsies long enough, and decided to “commit” to something.  For those that know us well, know that this is a HUGE feat for us.  Huge. 

We have really been doing our best to stay in one place as much as possible and not travel for work for 50 weeks of the year, and as a result we really focused on building our dance life here at home.  The past couple of years have been really good to us.  Our students have been really good to us, the people from the Church where we teach and practice have been really good to us, and, basically,  life has just been really good to us. 

So…in an attempt to show our gratitude, we decided to give something back.  We decided that we would “spruce up” the basement of the Church where we dance – both as a gift to the Church, and a gift to our students.   And, since we had a really limited budget (none) we decided we were going to do it all by ourselves.  …..And….we learned that we should really stick to dancing.

We documented our antics along the way in a series of webisodes that we created for “posterity”.  We hope you enjoy!

….and that’s today’s TLC.

ps – stay tuned for Part IV!

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Dance with TLC – Webisode 2 – “The Church of Dance” – Part 2

Dance with TLC – Webisode 2 – “The Church of Dance” – Part 2

The Church of Dance - Part 2

In the first episode, we tackled choosing the colours.  And….we learned that we’re not very good at it at all.  But hey, it’s ok to suck at things, it just gives you determination to try harder and get better at them.

In this episode, we choose the new floor!  Are we any better?  You decide!  (But we try our best!)                                   

                                                                                                                                                           NB – if you missed the back story from Episode 1 of how this project came to be , we re-posted it below .  Or…you can just visit Webisode 1!

The Back Story:

Soooo…a couple of months ago we started a “project”.  We figured that we had been living like Gypsies long enough, and decided to “commit” to something.  For those that know us well, know that this is a HUGE feat for us.  Huge. 

We have really been doing our best to stay in one place as much as possible and not travel for work for 50 weeks of the year, and as a result we really focused on building our dance life here at home.  The past couple of years have been really good to us.  Our students have been really good to us, the people from the Church where we teach and practice have been really good to us, and, basically,  life has just been really good to us. 

So…in an attempt to show our gratitude, we decided to give something back.  We decided that we would “spruce up” the basement of the Church where we dance – both as a gift to the Church, and a gift to our students.   And, since we had a really limited budget (none) we decided we were going to do it all by ourselves.  …..And….we learned that we should really stick to dancing.

We documented our antics along the way, and the following video is the SECOND installment in a series of webisodes that we created for “posterity”.  We hope you enjoy!

….and that’s today’s TLC.

ps – stay tuned for Part III!

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Dance with TLC – Webisode 1 – “The Church of Dance” – Part 1

Dance with TLC – Webisode 1 – “The Church of Dance” – Part 1

The Church of Dance - Part 1

Soooo…a couple of months ago we started a “project”.  We figured that we had been living like Gypsies long enough, and decided to “commit” to something.  For those that know us well, know that this is a HUGE feat for us.  Huge. 

We have really been doing our best to stay in one place as much as possible and not travel for work for 50 weeks of the year, and as a result we really focused on building our dance life here at home.  The past couple of years have been really good to us.  Our students have been really good to us, the people from the Church where we teach and practice have been really good to us, and, basically,  life has just been really good to us. 

So…in an attempt to show our gratitude, we decided to give something back.  We decided that we would “spruce up” the basement of the Church where we dance – both as a gift to the Church, and a gift to our students.   And, since we had a really limited budget (none) we decided we were going to do it all by ourselves.  …..And….we learned that we should really stick to dancing.

We documented our antics along the way, and the following video is the first installment in a series of webisodes that we created for “posterity”.  We hope you enjoy!

….and that’s today’s TLC.

ps – stay tuned for Part II!

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