Courtney Dempsey '97 (Communication Studies)

Dempsey smiles early and often

Courtney Dempsey

It’s 5 a.m. You’ve just stumbled out of bed, turned on the television, and here are all these perky people doing crazy stunts, live interviews with off-beat subjects, throwing things at one another, and generally having a terrific time.

Is it as much fun to work at CW Channel 31’s “Good Day Sacramento” as it is to watch?

“We have so many laughs,” says Tina Macuha (’85, Communication Studies/Geography).

Courtney Dempsey says management allows them to have real on-air relationships with one another, which gets the viewers involved with the “Good Day” family. “And that’s why they feel like they’ve known us for so long.”

The on-air camaraderie extends behind the scenes as well.

“That is a show in itself,” Macuha says. “We have so much fun during the commercial breaks.”

Dempsey is from Vallejo and came to Sac State because she wanted to attend school away from home, but her parents didn’t want her too far away. She considered being a writer at one point, but then took a couple of communication classes.

“I just fell in love with it,” she says.

If there’s any drawback, it’s getting up at 3 a.m. But Macuha says there seems to be a computer chip inside you that puts your mouth on autopilot.

“And the chip says, ‘Be perky, be upbeat, talk. Turn it on.’”

The two have stayed in Sacramento because it’s home, where they want to raise their families. And Dempsey also credits having a great cast of co-workers.

“This is an amazing group of people to work with. If I didn’t like them so much, I probably would have tried to work somewhere else.”

This article was originally published in the Spring 2008 edition of Sac State Magazine.