Clay Miller

Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 10.55.31 AMNot only do you see him every weekday morning anchoring the news on NBC-2, but chances are you’ve seen Clay Miller hosting one of dozens events he lends his services to every year.

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 12.54.57 PMClay is not new to the area. Not only has he been at NBC for eleven years, he grew up in Bradenton (a few miles north of Sarasota).

His story doesn’t begin as a kid with dreams to be on the nightly news. However, he did know at a young age that he was meant to be in front of people. After studying education at the University of Florida, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.

He says, “It didn’t pan out so I came home.”

Miller grew up playing sports, everything from baseball to basketball and was still an avid fan when he returned to the Sarasota area and connected with old friends who were working at the local NBC affiliate, WWSB. They suggested an internship in the station’s sports department and that was his entry into the world of television news.

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 12.55.09 PMLanding a job in the sports department at NBC-2 in Fort Myers, he found the time slots dedicated to his specialty getting shorter and shorter. That’s when the transition to “news” occurred.

The morning show requires Miller to arrive at the station around 2:45am and leaves at 11am.

With two kids, ages 9 and 11, that schedule can be a double-edged sword. While it’s nice to be home with them after school and for extra curricular activities, he says, “I get up at 1:45…it’s brutal.

He survives by taking a split-shift approach to sleep, explaining, “The power of naps is great….I try to sleep 4-5 hours at night, 2 in the afternoon, so not a lot.”

Like many parents, the TV anchor is excited about the holidays with his kids. Santa makes a special stop for them at Grandpa’s house on Christmas Eve.

Miller is an only child and growing up, his holiday traditions included going to midnight mass. He remembers, “Midnight mass was a big deal, mainly because I was excited that Santa was Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 12.55.24 PMcoming. I remember tugging on my parents saying we had to get home and get to sleep for Santa, it was so late and we were still in church.”

One of the best parts of Miller’s early morning gig, he says is “connecting with the viewers. I’ve developed a neat relationship with them.”

Eleven years on air and he’s ready for more saying, “I love Southwest Florida, I grew up in the area, I have family and friends here and I love what I do.” Many will agree with his parting thoughts, “It’s paradise here.”