• Wendy Babcock

LIVE on WKOW 27 Wake Up Wisconsin

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

Sunday, September 8th I made sure to set my alarm for 5:00 a.m. Normally I sleep in until about 7:30 or 8:00 a.m., but I knew I was going to have to get to bed nice and early around 8:30 p.m. I was to arrive at the studio in Madison by 5:30 a.m. Monday morning. We live about 1 hour 20 minutes from Madison so would need to be on the road by 4:00 a.m. So this meant, I needed to be up at 3:00 a.m. YIKES!

I climbed in bed thinking I was tired enough that I would be able to fall asleep with no problem. My mind, however, had a competely different plan. Suddenly my mind was whirling with thoughts of what I would say, what they would ask, would I be too nervous to talk, etc. The harder I tried to calm that craziness going on in my sleepy head, the worse it got. Soon it was 10 pm, 11 pm, 11:30 pm and I knew that wouldn't serve me well having set my alarm for 2:30 a.m. - allowing sufficient "snooze" time with the alarm.

Suddenly the alarm went off and my eyes barely peeled open enough to reach over and slap the snooze button. This happened about 3 more times before I realized it was close enough to 3:00 a.m. that I would need to get up.

I got ready in record time with no issues. To my surprise, the nervousness was completely absent! I had planned to pop my low-dose alprazolam for anxiety, but felt fine, so didn't even bother.

My husband was up and ready to roll so we headed out precisely at 4:00 a.m.!

We arrived at the studio and I had to use the phone inside the lobby to let them know I had arrived. I was all mic'd up and ready to go! We got to watch the behind-the-scenes action with live news until it was my turn. Nick came over and went over the segment quickly so I knew what questions he would ask.

My segment felt like it was maybe 30 seconds! It flew by! It was almost exactly 2 minutes and 30 seconds, but man it went fast! I hope it reaches many people so they can also join this movement to help prevent online bullying.

Here is the link to the WKOW news clip:

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