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Milwaukee Talks: "Morning Blend" co-host Tiffany Ogle

Tiffany Ogle wraps up her second week Friday as the new co-host of Channel 4's "Morning Blend," the hybrid of chat and advertising that fills the 9 a.m. weekday on Milwaukee's NBC affiliate.

Ogle, who describes herself as "29, indefinitely," comes from Minnesota where she has an extensive resume as a TV host. A native of Waverly, Minn., 45 minutes west of Minneapolis, she was Miss Minnesota 2004, competing in that year's Miss America pageant.

She replaces Alison De Castro, who left the show to concentrate on working in Chicago, where her husband owns a business.

Ogle sat down with on the set of "Morning Blend" after Tuesday morning's show to talk about her career and what she's been doing in her first days in town. You have an hour of live TV. I know you've done live TV before, but have you done it on a daily basis like this?

Tiffany Ogle: Most of the shows I've worked are live. "Showcase Minnesota," which is very similar to this show in Minnesota, is live. I've done "Shop NBC," which is live, and another shopping show, which was "Atomic Deals," and that was live, also.

OMC: You've done a lot of TV, you've done MTV, you've done "Shop NBC," you've done a lot of commercial work. If someone asks what you're job is, not just this specific job here, how do you say what you do for a living?

TO: I say I'm a TV host and an actress.

OMC: You've also have done modeling. Are you still modeling?

TO: Not a whole lot. I've done modeling. But I'm not your typical model who is 5-10 and size 2. So I enjoy modeling, but I don't do a lot of it.

OMC: If I look at your resume, the thing that pops up, obviously, is Miss Minnesota. When your obituary is written in about 78 years, it's gonna say "former Miss Minnesota..." How crucial for you is that on your resume, and on your career path?

TO: I think it made me a lot of who I am. It's been a big part of my life. I started doing pageants when I was younger and then continued through college to gain scholarship dollars.

Miss America is the No. 1 scholarship provider for women in the world, they do $45 million every year. For me, it helped me gain an education, which really focused me on theater, communication, psychology, those were my undergrad degrees.

That really gave me a well-rounded background to do what I love: to connect with people, communities; tell stories and perform.

OMC: Among the stereotypes of pageants are things like the controversies around Carrie Prejean, and the girl from South Carolina who gave a rambling answer. But the other side of pageants is that they do teach you to think on your feet when you have to answer questions out of the blue from obnoxious people like me.

TO: Exactly! We train for interview so long, it's a 12-minute interview and that interview process is everything from your beliefs on everything in the world, to something you're passionate about, which is called your platform. Mine was children's safety.

And then it talks about just your everyday family and value lifestyle. You have to talk about everything and you become kind of this open book.

I think that's helped me a lot transition into a job like this. You can connect with viewers, really talking about your own experiences. and inviting them to share some of them as well.

OMC: You're paired with Molly Fay, who is well known to Milwaukee TV viewers. The differences is that Molly's a couple years older than you are, she's a mom, you're single, you're new to town. Is this a good blend of women to reach what's really a female audience out there?

TO: Absolutely. I think we make a perfect team. She has been probably one of the most inviting people. And I told her one of the main reasons I decided, when I was offered, to take the job, is because of how well we get along.

I think that shows through on a camera lens. You can't hide that. You can't hide a relationship behind a camera, people can see through it.

We just have a good connection off the bat because I think we're both very mature, but we do have very different life experiences and that complements each other very well.

OMC: Molly is a very open, very inviting, very sweet person off camera and on camera. Did you find that?

TO: She's the same. She's exactly who you see on camera off camera. That was really apparent to me. Not all people are like that, so you know when you find a gem. She's one of them.

OMC: How many weeks have you been in Milwaukee, a couple weeks?

TO: One and a half. Not even one and a half yet.

OMC: Have you found a place to live.

TO: Yes.

OMC: Are you in the city or the suburbs?

TO: Just outside the city.

OMC; Have you had any time yet to explore Milwaukee?

TO: A little bit. I actually scheduled a trip to come back on my own time before I accepted the job offer.

I drove around the Third Ward, I drove around the Brady Street area, drove around some of the suburb areas. I would say that's the extent of most of it right now.

OMC: Are there any restaurant meals that you've had that stand out yet.

TO: I love Devon's. That was really good. That was at Bayshore. I haven't explored the Downtown menus yet.

OMC: Minnesota is not that dramatically different from Wisconsin ...

TO: People try and convince me of it, though. They try and tell me that it's warmer here. I'm like, "yeah, right."

OMC: You know who Andrew Zimmern is?

TO: Yes, I was on his show.

OMC: He just did a Wisconsin show on Travel Channel and I inteviewed him a few weeks ago and he said he thought Wisconsin was dramatically different from Minnesota. He said the people in Minnesota are more personally conservative, straight-laced, sort of they hold things in. And Wisconsin is more easy-going. Obviously it's too early for you ...

TO: But that's somewhat true. I've noticed a little bit of that already.

One thing I liked about this show before coming here is that they really wanted me to showcase who I really am. They said, "you've got a great sense of humor, you used to do improv comedy. We want to see that. We want you to showcase that."

And I wasn't always allowed to do that on shows in Minneapolis. Page 1 of 2 (view all on one page)

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buck | Nov. 13, 2009 at 1:47 p.m. (report)

a pageant contestant named ogle? classic!

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LegallyBlonde | Nov. 12, 2009 at 5:11 p.m. (report)

Welcome to Milwaukee, Tiffany!

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