Milwaukee Talks: Nicole Koglin of FOX 6 WakeUp
Nicole Koglin has been a member of the FOX 6 WakeUp News team since September 2004.
And, she's not really a morning person.
That was just one of the tidbits unearthed during a recent conversation with Koglin, a Menomonee Falls native whose on-air colleague, Mark Concannon, ends a 20-year run with the station this week.
We also learned that Koglin has a great sense of humor about herself, her unusual working hours, her upcoming wedding and a somewhat bizarre cat accessory she recently purchased via the Internet.
Enjoy this Milwaukee Talks interview with Nicole Koglin.
OnMilwaukee.com: We have to start by asking the question you probably hear most often. What's it like to get up so early in the morning?
Nicole Koglin: We start at 4 in the morning. It's the funniest thing. I've been on the shift just over five years and people say, "Oh, you must be a morning person." Nothing could be further from the truth. And then, they say "Well, how are you so happy (on the air)?" Do you want me to get on TV and tell you how I really feel? No. They're not going to pay me to do that. The hours are brutal. On a (warm spring) day like this, it's beautiful. I'm off at lunch. I'll be asleep by 6:30 (p.m.).
NK: I know, that's brutal.
OMC: What time do you have to get up?
NK: I get up at 2:45 a.m. During the summer, or especially now with the time change, most people like having a little more daylight. I hate it.
Now, I go to bed and literally hear the neighborhood kids outside playing outside and I think "My life sucks." (laughs) What are you going to do?
OMC: Weekends must be tough.
NK: (Friday) is the brutal one. There is a nap involved. Doctors all say that "If you keep your schedule ..." That's not going to happen. When you're going to bed at the time you're usually getting up, that's rough.
OMC: What's your preferred caffeine delivery system in the morning?
NK: Coffee. Straight coffee. That's a good amount of coffee we put down.
OMC: How does a girl from Menomonee Falls reach the FOX 6 WakeUp News?
NK: I went to Madison -- Go Badgers! -- and that's where I got sucked into journalism school. It was kind of like a process of elimination. "I don't want to do that, I don't want to do that. (I've got a) short attention span ... OK, TV."
I worked as a waitress and a bartender in college and people would say "What are you studying?" I'd say "Journalism." And, they'd say "So, what are you going to do -- sales?" I never really had a backup plan.
I was in Madison for four years. I should have strung that college thing out longer, but I was out of Madison in four years. What was I thinking?
I tried to take the farthest job offer from home because I was born and raised here in Wisconsin. So, I went out to Idaho for two years.
OMC: What market?
NK: Idaho Falls. It's four hours east of Boise. It's really small. I lugged my own camera. I drove my own news car.
OMC: Sounds fun.
NK: The thing about any first TV job is that you're there with a bunch of young people from across the country who are also really far from home. It's funny to think back -- some of my best memories and most fun times are in Idaho.
And, after you've lived in Idaho for a while, Wisconsin looks awesome. I was like, "I've go to get back home." I spent a couple years out there. Then, I was at a station in Springfield, Mo., for a little while until I came back to Milwaukee. That was five years ago in September, so it's been a while.
OMC: Did you start out reporting?
NK: I started, actually, when we still had a weekend morning show. That is what started the gig here. I signed up for this morning thing. Thinking back, I don't know what I was thinking. (laughs)
OMC: You guys always seem to be having a good time.
NK: We have so much fun. I'm lucky. I do like ad-libbing and just kind of talking and having a good time. We do that for 4 1/2 hours. We cover some good news and things like that, but those people (on the show) -- they're a hoot. We have a good time. I'm lucky to be part of that team.
OMC: You probably don't get to see everyone on the team, like the people who work at night.
NK: Everyone is always asking "What is so-and-so really like?" I don't know what Vince (Condella) is like. I almost never see him. It's totally different shifts. You might as well be in different buildings. That's how different it is.
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It was nice to read an interview with a tv news personality who doesn't refer to each place they've stopped by the market size ranking. It's probably a sign of someone that's happy where they are and plan on sticking around.
Wow. Seems like a pretty down-to-Earth gal. Nice to see. But getting married during a major sporting event is unacceptable. For shame, Lawrence!
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