Tuesday, March 26, 2013

All Tied Up

Nerd alert?
Do you like the tie?
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

For more than 15 years I have worked in the world of TV news.  Most of that time I've been front and center on WSIL TV's News 3 This Morning.  Almost every weekday morning for the last 8 and a half years I've suited up with a tie.  Today, I decided to try something different.  After finding a pretty cool (in my opinion at least) bow tie at Kohl's, I thought I'd try it.

I have colleagues and friends who have pulled off the bow tie look.  It's no longer geek, or at least I thought so.  I'll be the first to admit, I probably debuted the new look a little too early.  After watching a "how to" video on YouTube, I figured I'd try it myself.  After several failed attempts, I finally got the hang of it, kinda.  That was Monday afternoon.  Tuesday morning, it took me 20 minutes to finish what I started.  Far from perfect, but I thought it looked alright to go on the air.

I thought I'd get some feed back from the Facebook world, after posting a pic on both my personal and professional pages.  I don't know if my friends are being more generous, but overwhelmingly on my personal page my friends have said they like it.  The viewers of News 3 This Morning for the most part, seem to hate the look.  Some said it was too nerdy looking, with viewers comparing me to the likes of the late Senator Paul Simon and Pee Wee Herman (I know you are, but what am I?)  Others thought the tie wasn't tied right.  Yeah, I'll admit that, I should have worked more on it before the show.  I even had a couple say I was too handsome for a bow tie.  That one flattered me.

No tie for this guy
Not since my decision to go tie-less on the air has my look solicited so many comments.  I love the feedback.  I will continue to practice tying my new bow tie and hopefully I can get it to look more acceptable.  But who knows, maybe I'll buy an ascot next...

In all seriousness though, thanks for your feedback.  I'm not offended by the comments, I'm actually flattered that many people are weighing in.  I'd love to know what you think.  Post a comment here or drop me an email.

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