Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Pitch's Questionnaire with KCPT executive producer Angee Simmons

The KCPT executive producer talks coffee, libraries and the Crossroads.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Name: Angee Simmons

Occupation: Executive producer, KCPT

Hometown: I grew up on a farm near the small town of Afton, Iowa.

Current neighborhood: Kearney

Who or what is your sidekick? Coffee. I can’t live without it and I drink it from sunup to sundown. I’m not sure the caffeine really has an effect on me anymore, but mentally it takes me from a long TV production day to piano lessons, Scouts, soccer and homework.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Librarian. But sadly, in this life, I’m not organized enough.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop

Where do you drink? Davey’s Uptown. With a slew of kid carting, I don’t do it as much, but when I get the opportunity, it’s the place I go. Mokie is the best bartender in the city, and you can’t beat the atmosphere and live music.

What’s your favorite charity? Boy and Girl Scouts. My mom was my leader, and I’m now my daughter’s. They are really positive organizations that empower young boys and girls to become socially responsible citizens. Kids are inundated with negative messages and overly competitive activities. Scouts help ground them in reality. Be a good, honest person. Care for the Earth. Be a proud citizen.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Pryde’s in Westport. Just ask my husband, I own way too many kitchen gadgets.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? It’s not just local, but I think cake pops are ridiculous. It’s not nearly enough cake. I need a cake-pop bouquet to even come close to satiating my sweet tooth.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Crossroads and the aforementioned Davey’s Uptown. Folks usually like to at least make a pit stop at the Plaza, but I like to show off that Kansas City has more than one cool attraction.

Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when ... ” It revitalized the Crossroads. I love how it has become infectious. Now the West Bottoms has followed suit. I have my fingers crossed that it will spread east and hit 18th & Vine.

“Kansas City needs ... ” Light rail. We’re becoming too hip and cool not to have it!

“People might be surprised to know that I ... ” Still own all of my Tiger Beat magazines from 1985 to ’91. (Well, actually, close friends wouldn’t be surprised at all.) I’m extremely nostalgic.

“On my day off, I like to ... ” Load up on popcorn with an ice-cold Diet Coke and catch a movie.

“In five years, I’ll be ... ” Entering the tween years with my daughter and son, so I’ll either be pulling out my hair or be thankful that I’m the exception.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? Well, I work in TV, so I’m not one of those “I never watch TV” kinds of people. I actually consider it professional development and watch a lot! I never miss Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. That show is pure genius! And I’m anxiously awaiting the return of Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones.

____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch and Todd Snider. I love going to see live shows, and singer-songwriters are my favorite.

What movie do you watch at least once a year? I’m a big fan of period dramas and will watch the Jane Austen films over and over and over. I’m literally on my second DVD of Pride and Prejudice after wearing out the first one.

Favorite day trip: I’m a huge history nut and so are my kids, so we opt for destinations that provide a lot of local-history options. One of our favorites is Independence: the Harry S. Truman sites, the National Frontier Trails Museum, Fort Osage. Then when you’re done soaking it all up, the historic square is upping the ante with some cool restaurants and shops.

What local tradition do you take part in every year? It’s more like what local tradition do we not take part in. On weekends, we’re not big on hanging around the house. We like to scour the KC metro — everything from the Jesse James festival in our own backyard to Weston’s October Fest, Jiggle Jam, Theatre in the Park, Boo at the Zoo, Plaza lights. The list goes on. Those of you who keep up KC event calendars, keep up the good work!

Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, so he could reveal the mysteries of the roller coaster in midhurl.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Bad TV — Honey Boo Boo, need I say more?

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? My husband and I are lifetime subscribers to Rolling Stone and Time. One of my favorite writers is Joel Stein.

Last book you read: A friend of mine gave me Anna Karenina 10 years ago. With a new movie coming out, I have recommitted myself to finishing it — a couple of more weeks of sitting at gymnastic practice and I think I’ll get there.

Interesting brush with the law? I do remember leaving KCPT’s live auction one year and being thankful that I had a dozen LaMar’s doughnuts in my passenger seat. I was stopped driving home, and the officer looked over and asked if I was expecting him — I offered him one, and he gave me a warning.

Describe a recent triumph: When you work in TV, it’s a big ol’ all-hands-on-deck, so I share in my triumphs, but I just completed a national production for PBS, Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato. It was my first time producing a show that aired on nearly every PBS station across the country. Then the cherry on the top was being able to accept two Regional Emmys at this year’s awards.

Simmons produces Imagine KC; the next episode airs at 9 p.m. Thursday, November 8.

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