My Favorite Thing Today

My Favorite Thing Today
NBC News anchor Lester Holt (screen capture)

When The Randy Report began in 2011, I used to have the news on throughout the day. NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, MSNBC – yes, even Fox News – because I wanted to stay up-to-date on all the breaking news.

But over the years, a constant stream of news became pretty heavy when you consider what’s happened in the US in the past several years. So…

I mainly keep my Twitter feed open to a list of trusted journalists and news outlets to stay abreast of the daily news cycle. I don’t really WATCH a lot of news now to be honest.


One day, some years back, I decided I should watch at least one major newscast a day. But I just wanted the big news of the day with the main points of the stories in a concise and un-spun format. I didn’t want to be told what to think – I just wanted the facts. And I wanted to trust the source.

My Favorite Thing Today
(image via official NBC Nightly News Facebook)

And so began my evening tradition of joining Lester Holt for the NBC Nightly News. Why Lester and NBC Nightly News? Mainly because Lester has always felt like a real newsman, who’s fair and clear-minded.

I remember in 2016 he moderated a presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Folks were ready to troll him, but after the debate Lester got great reviews as the “one clear winner” of the night by being “not too intrusive” but “moving things along.”

Every day – Monday through Friday – either at my desk on my computer or in the living room on our big ole TV (“Lester’s on!”), I tune in to my oh-so-comfortable habit of taking in the day’s news with Lester Holt.

Sometimes, I watch it live as it broadcasts here in Las Vegas at 5:30 p.m. If I’m busy writing some news story, I catch it a little later on Peacock+ at 7 p.m.

And if, for some reason – maybe I’m out at an event here in Vegas – I miss those, I also subscribe to the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt via the official YouTube channel, where every episode is available for free.

One way or another, I have a calm, comfortable news date with Lester.

So, imagine my face when hubby Michael surprised me with this video:

Michael had apparently been working on something with NBC producer Lauren Specter, and along the way mentioned my “news habit.” The next thing you know, Lauren asked her colleagues, Lester turned on his phone, and here we are!

While I’m here, I have to give kudos to the terrific correspondents who work with Lester every day including Gabe Gutierrez, Miguel Almaguer, Morgan Cheskey, Peter Alexander, Stephanie Gosk, Tom Costello, Kristen Welker and more.

If you listen to my podcast (and why wouldn’t you???), you may have figured out I give a secret nod to Lester’s broadcast sign-off at the end of every episode with my own sign-off: “Thanks for listening, folks. Take care of yourselves, and I’ll see you next time.”