Wednesday, October 7, 2009

If Wells Could Talk....MOVING!

Well, I've decided to leave blogspot as a blog host and move over to WordPress.

It's much better and cooler!

My new blog URL is

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Teaching the daughter to sort the laundry

I'm trying to teach my daughter how to sort and fold the laundry....basically, I'm not a big fan of doing laundry so I thought I try to teach her to do it for me. It didn't work as I had planned...

Folding Clothes from Josh Wells on Vimeo.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Allie and the Fish...OKC Zoo

My wife and I decided it was time to get out of town for a few days to relax and spend time in Oklahoma City with Allie.

The Oklahoma City Zoo, Bricktown, Bass Pro Shop and Chelino's Mexican Restaurant were all on the itenerary. Allie's favorite was the zoo...and Bass Pro. The video below was taken at the Zoo in the Oklahoma Frontier exhibit.

Allie and the Fish from Josh Wells on Vimeo.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday...the beginning of a busy week

Get ready for another national spotlight focused on Wichita this week.

The Scott Roeder (accused of killing Dr. George Tiller) is tomorrow (Tuesday) in Sedgwick County District Court. We...the members of the local media...are meeting today to get the courtroom and media workroom setup ahead of Tuesday's preliminary hearing. The last time Roeder was in court for his first appearance, media from across the nation was in town. Several satellite trucks and national crews spent three days in Wichita.

This week, you can expect nothing less. Watch for Wichita to lead the news on the three cable news networks tomorrow afternoon...for better or worse.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Back at work after nearly two weeks

I'm back in the anchoring chair today for the first time in nearly two weeks.

I took some time off to take care of some family things and then I spent a week in El Dorado, KS at the Butler Showchoir Showcase where I worked as the technical coordinator for a week long showchoir camp hosted by Valerie Mack and the Butler Headliners. About 350 students from across the country attend the camp each year. It's amazing to me to watch the students learn the notes and choreography for five songs in less than five days and then perform with perfection at the final show.
It's also fun for me to work with some of the best vocal clinicians and choreographers from across the country. Never a dull moment and lots of laughs and memories.

And I got to work with lots of sound, video and lighting equipment that I truck in from the Douglas Production Group/Sounds Unlimited in Liberal, KS.

Fun times...and the 2010 Butler Showchoir Showcase is already on the schedule!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Is it still June?

The heat is on in southcentral Kansas. We went from the mid 80s a couple of weeks ago to near 100 degrees this week.

Seriously? Are we still in June, or did we skip the rest of the month and jump to the end of July and early August? Of course we expect this heat in the summer, but in June? In case you're wondering, the temperatures are usually in the lower to mid 90s on average in June...with extreme heat considered upper 90s.

The heat this week is so intense, it prompted the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning. You can expect temperatures near 100 with the heat index between 105 and 110 degrees.

The excessive heat warning continues until Thursday night, but it will likely be extended. The forecast through Sunday calls for high temperatures of 100 with the heat index five to 10 degrees higher. So, lots of pool time for me and my family and lots and lots and lots of water and air conditioning. I hope you can enjoy the same!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

No weather...but the preparations were good

On Tuesday afternoon, I found myself watching the radar and looking at the latest information from the National Weather Service...wondering if, when and where the storms were going to develop.

I wasn't alone in my actions. Local meteorologists, storm chasers, news directors, assignment editors and reporters across the metro area were all doing the same thing.

Even scientists with the SPC's Vortex2 unit and the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) were all wondering the same thing: the ingredients are in play but when and where will the storms develop?

Long story short, the majority of the storms developed to the southeast of Wichita and to the west...and the activity was much less dangerous and less severe than had been predicted.

Thinking back on the day and the preparations I made, both at work and at home were well worth my time. I made plans, along with the rest of the KFDI News staff, for what we would do in the event of a major weather break out. At home, I checked the survival kit in the basement and made sure it was in order. Needless to say, I didn't need the plans I made nor did I need the survival kit. However, it was good to develop a plan of what might need to be done in an emergency situation.

So, my point, you ask? Everyone should take tornado and thunderstorm watches seriously. Even though the severe weather stayed away from much of the area under the tornado watch Tuesday and Tuesday night, that doesn't mean you should have not been thinking about what you would do in the event of a real weather emergency. Basically, if you still don't have an emergency weather preparedness plan at work or at home...develop a plan now. Don't wait until the next time when the weather really does threaten.