Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Pitch's Questionnaire with Fox 4 morning news producer Troy Diggs

The Fox 4 morning news producer has the scoop on KC.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Name: Troy Diggs

Occupation: Fox 4 morning news producer

Hometown: Jonesboro, Arkansas

Current neighborhood: Columbus Park, the neighborhood that nobody really knows is there, but it's such an awesome place to be - great community, great history and great food.

Who or what is your sidekick? It's gotta be my iPhone. A few years ago, I was at a journalism convention in Miami, and all the network people were wandering the halls of the hotel with their eyes glued to their BlackBerrys - and I swore I'd never do that. Guess what happened.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? No lie, I'd love to be a game-show host or producer. I've always wanted to work in TV, and I love what I do, but I have a couple of friends who work on shows in Los Angeles, and I can't deny that I'm jealous.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Beer Kitchen in Westport; it's one of my new faves. It's casual but still classy enough that I can enjoy a pale ale with friends and not have to worry about screaming kids or drunk jerks.

Where do you drink? I'm not a big patron at any one particular bar in town. Some nights, I'm in a [Bistro] 303 mood, while others, I'm in a Missie B's mood - and still others, I'm just up for sipping a latte at the 41st and Main Starbucks.

What's your favorite charity? There are three that I've been working with recently that I love: Variety Kansas City, which helps out special-needs children; Millennial League, which raises AIDS awareness in the younger generation; and Kauffman Center, which does such a great job of exposing folks to the arts in this city.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: The obvious answers here are Trader Joe's and Target, but if I have the money? I could do some serious damage at the Upper Crust Bakery.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? I'm thrilled that the P&L has revived nightlife downtown, but I'm just not convinced that it's living up to potential. Alamo is awesome, and Cosentino's is awesome, but the bar-restaurant district really needs some purely local flavor.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? If I'm trying to impress them, I'll take them to the Liberty Memorial, the Nelson, and for dinner at Jack Stack. If it's just a casual night in town, it's a trip to Westport Flea Market and a cruise through the Plaza.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " Sporting KC had their transformation from the old-era Wizards. The local owners put the fan experience and achievement at the top of the priority list, and the result is something that other sports teams (here in town and across the country) need to look at.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Let the water and sewer system go to hell in a handbasket. It's not just because of all the water-main breaks but because they cause so many road issues that linger for days.

"Kansas City needs ... " Better mass transit. Something. Anything. The city has taken steps to get there, but there's still an awfully long way to go.

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Have a podcast about The Price Is Right. My friend Matt and I tape it every week, and right now, we have tens of listeners. That's more than we ever thought we'd have, and we love doing it.

"On my day off, I like to ... " Explore things in the city I haven't seen before. I've lived here nine years, and there are still places I haven't seen and things I haven't done yet.

"In five years, I'll be ... " Still working in TV, even after winning the first billion-dollar Powerball jackpot.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? I watch The Price Is Right for the podcast, but I also TiVo MythBusters, Bitchin' Kitchen and How It's Made. (I go for shows that put you in a hypnotic trance.) It's funny, but for somebody who works in television, I really don't watch all that much of it.

____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: Apart from Rufus Wainwright, Jack's Mannequin and Guster, my iTunes is mostly filled with podcasts of Car Talk, Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me, and Jamie Cullum's jazz show on BBC Radio 2.

What movie do you watch at least once a year? Goldfinger - and luckily, it's on cable somewhere at least once a year. It really included everything awesome about the Bond series.

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Locally, I'd say Mayor Sly James; I can't think of another politician who'd have as much fun on it. Nationally, I'd go with Alton Brown 'cause I could see him using it as a method to prepare a turkey.

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: I work overnights, putting together Fox 4 morning news (along with an awesome team), but on Twitter, a bunch of producers, reporters, anchors, etc., from other stations talk to each other with the hashtag #AMNewsers. It's part shop talk, part support group and all fun.

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? I subscribe to a podcast from NPR called How to Do Everything. The hosts answer "how to" questions, and it's brilliant. (I mean, they have a "most unique restroom of the week" contest going on now. You don't hear that just anywhere.)

Last book you read: Bossypants by Tina Fey. Hilarity ensued.

Favorite day trip: Last year, a friend and I took a day trip to the Shatto Milk farm, up in Osborn. It's in the middle of nowhere, but it's a pretty sweet operation and a lot of fun to visit.

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? I had a guy excuse himself to go to the bathroom in the middle of the date, then leave. I caught him online a few hours later, and he asked if I wanted to go out with him again.

Describe a recent triumph: I've lost (as of now) about 15 pounds since November! No crash dieting, no infomercial workout tapes, just calorie counting on the iPhone, physical activity daily, and a little motivation from friends and peers. I have a black Simon Cowell-esque T-shirt I've been wanting to wear for years but haven't had the build for it. This is the year.

Subscribe to Diggs' Pricecast for free on iTunes.

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