@WDAF, Since 1985
College: Texas Tech University
Years in the Industry: 39
How have you survived in the industry?
I have ‘survived’ because I have been able to change with the times, and change with the industry. I have ‘survived’ because I believe I have been able to sacrifice, be a team player, and deliver sports news to Kansas City in the a professional manner that the audience has appreciated. I have ‘survived’ because of the support of so many others, my family first and foremost.
Why did you chose to go into broadcasting?
I have always been fascinated by television. I enjoy ‘working television’ as much as I do ‘television sports.’
What’s the hardest part of your job?
Hardest part of the job is the long hours, and the sacrifice I have to give in having to be away from my family so often.
What’s the easiest part of your job?
Nothing about this job is easy.
Tell us about your most memorable sports interview? I don’t really have a most memorable. Among the most notable that I have interviewed, in no certain order of importance: Sugar Ray Leonard, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, the late Eddie Robinson, Bruce Jenner, and that’s just to name a few. I mention those names because I believe they are all ‘ground breakers. They had an impact on the lives of others outside of the arena of sports.
What’s next after WDAF?
Easiest question on the list — RETIREMENT.
What is the toughest challenge for African Americans looking to make it in this industry?
Toughest challenges come from within. I have tended to blame myself for any shortcomings in my life in this industry.
How do you feel about being approached when you are in public? Selfies? Autographs?
No problem, as long as it’s friendly and respectful.
Were/are you an athlete?
In high school, I played football, basketball and ran track. As hobbies, when I was younger, I played racquetball and softball.
What’s something interesting and fun about yourself that people may not know?
I love, love, love Christmas, movies, history, and a researching a few historical events: the attack on Pearl Harbor, D-Day, the sinking of the Titanic, the JFK Assassination are among them.
Your music choice?
Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. I love Motown and also Frank Sinatra.