My First On Air Experience: Fox 9

Happy National Oatmeal Day!

Make yourself a bowl of oatmeal, or make some oatmeal cookies (monster cookies are my favorite!), or maybe even some oatmeal bars. It is such a versatile food; everyone can find a way to enjoy oats! Whatever you do, be sure to celebrate this heart healthy day!

Oatmeal is such a well-rounded food: it contains fiber, protein, fat, and carbohydrate. It’s truly perfect. It has soluble fiber which can help to lower cholesterol, which can in turn help to lower your risk of developing heart disease which is the number one cause of death in the United States. Learn more about the benefits of oats by watching my video below!

I was invited to promote National Oatmeal Day on Fox 9 morning news. I also found out it was going to be LIVE (yikes!). But this was obviously an opportunity that I could not pass up so I happily but nervously accepted. I did my homework and my prep work for the show, and then it was finally the big day: show day!

I woke up bright and early and put on a professional, tv-friendly outfit. Surprisingly, I wasn’tΒ thatΒ nervous.

fox 9 outfit melanie

I began my drive over to their Eden Prairie office. I was calm as I recited a couple of the key points I wanted to be sure and make throughout the show.

When I got to the studio, I was greeted by the sweetest and friendliest security guard. I got all checked in, grabbed a large cart so that I could roll in my three boxes of stuff, and was greeted by more staff who showed me back to the kitchen.

I felt so comforted by the staff. They all made me feel very welcome and made me feel right at home. They informed me that my first teaser shot would be at 8:10. I had no idea what this meant so I admitted that I was a rookie and asked to explain what that meant. A teaser shot is a quick five second or so clip of me in the kitchen that the viewers who are watching Fox 9 will see before my segment. It shows them what is coming up next on the news.

So, as I was setting up the kitchen with all of my nummies, I was also being videotaped and it was playing live!

There were three teasers throughout the set-up time. In between I would touched up my makeup, continue setting up the set, chat with the crew, and try and stay relaxed.

Here is what the stage looked like when it was all set up by yours truly!

fox 9 set setup


Right before my segment was about to air, anchor woman Dawn Stevens came in to meet me. She is a very sweet and beautiful woman! We quickly went over a couple of things and then all of a sudden the videographer or producer or someone was counting down 5–4—3–2–1. I looked over at Dawn when they were at three and I asked if we were really starting right now? She smiled and said “yup!”

And then the show began. I had a few nerves at the very beginning, but then I got into it and really enjoyed myself! The segment was only about four minutes but it seemed like I had about one minute to go through everything!

I am unable to embed the video into this post (it’s more than likely the user than it is the program :smile:), but if you haven’t checked out the video yet, you can see it here…


What an incredible experience this was! I had such a mix of emotions once it was over. I think I was having a hard time believing that I had just shot a live TV segment and that people had already seen my face on TV. I was overwhelmed and so happy and so proud.

I can’t wait to do more! I hope this is just the beginning of my on-screen career! πŸ˜‰

I want to thank the staff at Fox 9 for making me feel so welcome, so comfortable, and for having me on the show.

I also want to thank Driscoll’s and Sneaky Pete’s for partnering with me. You are so incredible and I am extremely grateful for you.

So how about I share that delicious recipe with you all for Baked Strawberry Oatmeal bars?!

oatmeal day


Photo courtesy of Fox 9

This recipe is from Driscoll’s Berries and you can find it on their website:Β

These bars are so insanely easy and they are so delicious! I was excited to have leftovers from the show. I left some for the staff but the remaining bars I took home and wrapped individually so that I can have the for breakfast or a snack whenever I want!

So go enjoy some oats on this National Oatmeal Day and let me know how you enjoyed oats today in my comments section!

Disclaimer: I was compensated for the show as well as the products needed for the show however all opinions expressed are my own.Β 

This Post Has 35 Comments

  1. Firstly, what an amazing opportunity for you!!! Secondly, those bars look so delicious, and finally, I’m obsessed with oatmeal in any form. It’s so delicious and super versatile!
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    1. Melanie

      It really is so incredibly versatile! It’s about time it gets all the recognition it deserves!

  2. Jackie

    So cool!!! Congrats! Can’t wait to try the bars!!

  3. You’re a TV star!! Love you and this was such a perfect segment to showcase your amazing personality and cooking skills πŸ™‚ I probably would have thrown up on stage from nervousness but you were amazing! <3
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    1. Melanie

      Thank you my love! I was so surprised at the fact that I was only a little nervous!

    1. Melanie

      Thank you, Kim!! It was a lot of fun!

    1. Melanie

      I’m going to check those babies out!

    2. Melanie

      I pinned the recipe! They look nummy!

  4. Oh my goodness Melanie!!! You did such an awesome job! I am so proud of you!! And those oatmeal bars look awesome. I love the addition of purΓ©ed strawberries!
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    1. Melanie

      Thank you, Katie!! They are delicious for real!!

  5. Marie Kudrle

    Imagine my surprise when I turned on channel 9 yesterday and saw my beautiful niece chatting away calmly. Oh my! I loved your info on oatmeal but I just mainly stared at the screen with a loopy grin on my face and kept telling my mom “That’s Melanie!!” I’m so proud of you sweetie!

    1. Melanie

      Marie, you are so sweet! I am so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for your kind words. Love you.

  6. kurt

    Yumm I’ll have to make these sometime.

  7. This is such a wonderful opportunity! Great job. πŸ™‚

    On another note, I was just in the Minnetonka/Eden Prairie area last month for work! I head that way once or twice a year. Small world!

  8. Courtney

    Hooray my Mel!! This is so awesome and you did an absolutley amazing job!!! Keep up the great work with your recipe creating and blogging. Love you lots.

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