Evening News Anchor
Hometown: Terryville, Connecticut
Started at WFRV: January 1, 1999
Interests: Alternative medicine, epigenetics, conscious/subconscious mind control, reading, writing books, playing guitar
For the past 42 years, I have had the privilege of being invited into your home every night to bring you the events of the day that affect all of us.
I don’t see myself as the ‘Newscaster’ and you the ‘Viewer’.
I am a father, grandfather, widower, homeowner, taxpayer, voter, grocery shopper, laundry-doer and lawn-mower who happens to read the news on television.
I have the same reactions you do to the news I read. I get angry. I get frustrated. I get teary-eyed. I laugh. I worry. I wonder.
The more than 70,000 newscasts I have anchored have shown me the best and the worst in our world. I am dismayed and disheartened at the cruelty some people are capable of inflicting upon others.
On a brighter note, I have been moved by how good we can be to our fellow human beings.
My television career began at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. (Yes, the same Marshall University that produced Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss! Please don’t hold that against me.)
While earning a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Speech/Broadcasting I did part-time work as a talkshow host for PBS, taught broadcast law and history, consulted for a chain of radio stations, worked weekends on radio, emceed weekly live music concerts and was even the manager of a mindreader/mentalist!
My first job out of college was at WOWK-TV 13 (ABC) in Huntington where I started as the guy who mixed the chemicals to develop the news film and worked my way up to film editor, reporter, producer, talkshow host and anchor. Talk about starting at the bottom!
I came to Green Bay at age 25, telling myself I would stay here for one year and then it was off to the ‘Big Time’. Now, 42 years later I realize how blessed I am to have stayed.
There is nothing more important one can provide for his family than quality of life. In that respect, Green Bay is the Big Time.
When I am not doing television, I have my hands in several other projects through my company Tom Zalaski Productions.
I do voice-over and on-camera narration for corporate videos, kiosks, museums, non-profit organizations and regional and national documentaries.
I am on the national speaker’s tour and conduct seminars for corporations and organizations on topics ranging from media relations to overcoming the fear of public speaking.
I am also a professional emcee and after-dinner speaker.
I am the author of several books including The View From The Blanket, We Need To Do A Benefit Fundraiser – But How?, How to Manipulate The Media For Fun and Profit, Leave ‘Em Speechless and Classic Rock, Woodstock and The Bands That Saved Us From The Beatles.