NBC News Came A Calling

by The Park Wife on January 1, 2013

I am not a real famous blogger like so many of my blog superstar friends, I have just been at it for a really long time.  But, I do have a passion in this blogging world ~  gathering women bloggers together, supporting wherever they are in their journey, helping them tell their stories, and establishing real, true friendships that just happened to begin online. I am extremely proud of the sisterhood that I started with just a few gals that has grown into a group of over 650 women bloggers in our state.  And, I shared the amazing community of bloggers concept by establishing communities now in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas,  Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. And, more to come. This makes my heart happy.

Now, imagine my surprise when NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams found me through blogging. They were coming to Arkansas for a story and were looking for other human interest stories to do while they were here.  I threw on my PR hat, researched and wrote five pitches and one of them piqued their interest. I spent a couple of months going back and forth with producers (thanks Craig), then, the main story they were coming to Arkansas for fell through.  Sad.

But wait, all of you that know me know that was not going to deter me, I continued to rave about my little town and its committment to preserving a precious tradition, Ozark folk music. They called and said the story interested them enough that they were coming just for that one!

It was hush-hush who the correspondent was because that kind of thing can change according to whatever news is happening, plus the producers did not want the story to be about her being in her home state, but about the music and the people of our town.

Yes, Chelsea Clinton was the correspondent. I have had a ton of questions about her. So, here it goes. She is poised, kind, professional, and she continually knelt down and talked to the boys with her complete focus on what they had to say, making them feel like they were the only people in the room. I think that says a lot about a person.  I can not imagine having every thing about my whole life nitpicked in front of our entire nation,  I think she has turned out beautifully. 

The senior producer, Mary, and I hit it off.  She is fantastic, even though she gifted our boys with playing spoons, yes, they make a lot of noise. She is threatening to send bongos from Cuba (where she has led the NBC bureau for almost 20 years). ****UPDATE: we received 3 boxes with various sets of bongos in the mail, thanks Mary*** She has me looking for more stories  in the area so she can come back and visit.

The Music Roots kids, their parents, and many in our town jumped through hoops to help me make this happen. I am thankful to be a part of such a wonderful community.

They posted an article online with a lot about the “daughter I borrow”, Clancey, who is also the extraordinary fiddler playing in the news piece. You can find the article here.

So, without further ado.


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Thankful for my world,
The Park Wife

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Heather January 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I am so proud to know you! Everything you do sparkles. 🙂

Shannon @nwaMotherlode January 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Such an awesome piece. Proud of you and your persistence!

Julie Majors January 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Super fun! Very exciting!! Congrats.

gina January 2, 2013 at 12:14 am

Not famous. Yet! It was a fabulous story. Nicely done!

Leanna January 2, 2013 at 12:17 am

Super cool! Way to go! Your boys are so cute. 🙂

Fawn @ Instead of the Dishes January 2, 2013 at 2:28 am

I know it was a ton of work, but how fun! Congrats to you and your wonderful little town!

Debbie @The Hip Hostess January 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

What an adventure for all of you! Also coming from a small town, truly admire your determination and pride in your your little town. A joy to read this.

Rhonda @ Bramell, Party of Five January 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Excellent publicity for a great gem in our state! How exciting! Fantastic work, Stephanie. Also, I may have another idea for you if you are seriously looking for another pitch.

admin January 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Yes, I am lookng fo rother stories, email your ideas!!!

Katharine Trauger January 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

How about it! Way to go. Lookin’ pretty good! 🙂

LaTonya January 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Great job Stephanie! It’s so much about Arkansas the rest of the U.S. has no clue about. And congrats on the Oklahoma Women Bloggers site.

Bobbie Garner January 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I found you blog from The Pioneer Woman and have enjoyed all of your posts.
This one was just beautiful as is your family and the town you live in. Just had to give you a shut out.

Stephanie :: Evolved Mommy January 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I am so proud of you! The story was amazing.
Any time I think of a local story NBC might be interested in I’ll send it your way.

Christi January 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

We saw the segment on the news and it was great! Made me proud to be from Arkansas!

Lyndi (nwafoodie) February 3, 2013 at 12:02 am

You are a great gatherer of stories and people! You inspire me!!

Kerrie McLoughlin June 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Nice to meet you, fellow blogger!

Lenette August 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

That is fantastic and something I didn’t even know about my own state! Mountain View is definitely on my list of places to visit!

The Gifted Gabber October 15, 2013 at 1:24 am

Fabulous! I know this was a wonderful memory you will forever cherish and you managed to teach some of us a thing or two about our great state of Arkansas, too.

sheila July 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

You are amazing!! This is truly a lifetime memory for your boys! So fun.

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