DETROIT, Mich. (WLNS) - 6 News spent the day at the North American International Auto Show and we started early.
The first reporter to arrive at the auto show on Monday was 6 This Morning's Francesca Amiker, but there was a lot of preparation before her first live shot.
Sunday night After hardly any sleep Sunday night due to the excitement of her first official on-location event, Francesca woke up at 1:30 a.m. "I picked out a black and red blazer to resemble a race car driver," said Francesca, fashionista and common thrift store diva.
Monday morning - 2:30 a.m. Francesca got to the station at 2:30 a.m. and wrote her scripts, put on her make-up and did her hair. By 4 a.m. Francesca and 6 News photographer Matt Hallowell were on the road to Cobo Center in Detroit. The drive to Detroit was Francesca's final preparation time before entering the doors of the North American International Auto Show. It would make sense for photographer Matt to drive, but instead Francesca was so excited to get there that she drove while rapping her scripts to a variety of songs. Francesca recalled, "I just couldn't wait to see the shiny cars!"
5:30 a.m. Francesca and Matt arrived to Cobo Center around 5:30 a.m. and rushed to find a good spot for the first live shot, only 30 minutes away. "I was very nervous to go live because it was my sole job to make the viewers at home feel and breathe the air of the auto show. I sure hope I was successful at doing so. I cleared the nerves by my 6:30 hit and told myself 'just have fun Fran!'"
"I could see CEOs and Auto Engineers next to me going over their acceptance speeches. Imagine how they felt. It was insane and I loved it. This makes me want to be very accomplished in my own field!" said Francesca.
Inside the auto show - 6 a.m. Francesca said her "best adrenaline rush ever" came with her assignment, which was to go live at 6, 6:30, 8:25 and 8:55 a.m. and do a package in the car on the way back. Once her nerves were cleared, Francesca began tweeting and sending pictures back to the station, all while waiting for the big announcement. One of Francesca's main jobs was to report the Car of the Year Announcement in record breaking time. "As we stood around waiting for the big announcement my palms were sweaty and my stomach was tense, as if I had personally made the cars. Cadillac CTS doesn't win - Chevrolet Corvette Stingray wins Francesca said that even though the Lansing-made Cadiillac CTS didn't win, GM's North American President had kind words to say. "Mike Green, President of local Chapter UAW and Mark Reuss, President of GM North America spoke highly of the Lansing workers at the Grand River Assembly Plant. I was at a loss for words at how passionate they were about the Lansing workers saying there is no workforce like that of our Capital City."
A sigh of relief, success and the end of the day "Once interviews were over I got to finally take a step back and realize that I was at a monumental event. I mean hello people from all over the world were there - Germany, Korea, Japan, just for the North American International Auto Show," expressed Francesca. "And though I only got to spend seven minutes in the actual auto show, I will never forget how this day and the 6 News viewers made me feel."