Don't Call Me Nick

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

There's only one way to address the Rolls Royce of meteorologists.

Last week, Andy was off on vacation and so I was anchoring with Nicholas Ferreri.  I little running joke I have with him is how I like to say "Nick" Ferreri instead of Nicholas.  So, in the 5:00 show I referred to him as Nick following it up with, "Sorry, Nicholas, I couldn't resist."  He laughed and went on.  At the end of the show, we had a kicker about someplace with poor weather which led to this exchange on TV:

Me: ...and I guess we have Nick Ferreri to thank for that.
Nicholas: (smiling) It's Nicholas.
Me: Have you ever given Nick it a shot?  You know it has a real "Tom Magnum" feel to it I think.

We just laughed it off and said goodbye see you at 6.  I go back to the newsroom to prepare for the 6, when our assignment editor Tim gets off the phone and delivers a heavy sigh.  "Jason, stop picking on Nicholas!"  Tim, who is never in the mood for baloney at the end of his always long and arduous day, explains the phone call.  It was an older lady who was upset that I didn't respect Nicholas's wishes by calling him the name he prefers.  She informed Tim, who at this point in the conversation probably was looking for a blunt instrument, that Nicholas was very polite in correcting me, yet I was being rude for upsetting him.

Here's the problem-- I WAS KIDDING!  Nicholas knew I was kidding, hence his laughter.  This lady seemed to think Nicholas was obviously upset when that is impossible.  Nicholas had surgery as a small child to remove the mean bones from his body (there are 7 he tells me).  We tested that, too, when reporter Lauren Zakalik bullied him one day for some lunch money and pushed him down.  Nicholas smiled and complimented her on her shoes and went about his day.


The rest of the conversation with Tim involved a lot of eye-rolling as he put his coat on and headed for the door.

Tim: She's also not happy that you're back on the news, Jason.  She's apparently, under the impression you've been away for awhile.  (sighs heavily).
Me: I was kidding!  Did she not see Nicholas laughing?
Tim: I don't know (trailing off) I didn't get... far... with... and... (piping back up) All I know is she's is not a Jason Colthorp fan, but she looooves Nicholas (sighs).

Well, that settles it.  From now on he's Nick.  Nick Ferreri the weather authority.

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  • by Jason Location: Newsroom on Feb 2, 2009 at 07:01 PM
    Couldn't do it if I tried, Anthony-- and thanks!
  • by Anthony Location: Jackson on Feb 2, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    Jason, PLEASE don't ever stop having fun while you're on the air. My wife and I (both in our 30's) love the little things you add to your broadcast every night. Weither it's the little pop culture references you throw in or the mild "picking on" of the meterologists. It's almost like watching an episode of Family Guy or The Simpsons because you have to really pay attention to what is said to get the jokes. You are the best I've ever seen on the news. Don't ever go stuffy!
  • by Jason Location: Newsroom on Feb 1, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    Hey-- say hi to Clayton for me! I love running into my old barflies from the Sammy's days and he was one of the greats!
  • by Sylvia Location: Holt on Jan 31, 2009 at 08:05 PM
    My dad Clayton used to comment on how he thought you were very personable with a good sense of humor at Sammy's! He's now almost 94 years "young" and going strong. Humor keeps one young I say. I enjoy all of you at WILX because you're pros who know when and how to go between humor and sobriety when the situation demands.
  • by A. M. Location: Lansing on Jan 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    I like that you end your broadcasts with levity - especially after 20 minutes of bad news - including the weather and oftentimes sports. You guys are pros but you also act human. Thanks.
  • by Darrin Location: DeWitt on Jan 27, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    I thought I taught you...but we will go over it again. Do not mess with the cannot win.
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