During my 26 year career at WTVA, I have served in a variety of newsroom roles. I spent four years as a videographer, performing many tasks in that time such as: shooting video, editing, rolling tapes and working with satellite and microwave trucks with live news events. I also worked for nearly 11 years as a show producer. During that time, I was tasked with the job of integrating more news in the "Mornin' Show with Buddy and Kay". The show eventually expanded from a one hour show with live music and news to a two-hour news program. At times, I was also pressed into action with operations by running camera, character generator, and robotic cameras. I have served for 11 years as the Assignments Manager. During my time, I have adapted to changes in news delivery, including integration of social media outlets and, most notably, WTVA.com. I have also remained current with evolving changes in technology. I serve as the newsroom intern coordinator and oversee vehicle and equipment maintenance. I have won several awards during my career and was named the 2013 Mississippi AP Broadcast Association Newsperson of the Year.
Producer/Director (May 1987 - July 1989)
WVSB TV, West Point , Mississippi
I worked shooting, writing, editing and voicing commercials. I also created various promos for programs that aired on WVSB. The position also included work as a camera operator, director, audio engineer and chyron operator for local programs, including Fun Time with Uncle Bunky and Carol Country. Those duties also included set design and construction. I was also part of the team producing short news breaks, including ocassional coverage of local news stories.
On-Air Personality/Sportscaster (September 1981 - August 1984)
WNJC FM, Senatobia, Mississippi
I began work at WNJC as a volunteer, answering phones and taking scores for a high school football scoreboard show. I was moved into an on-air role on the show about a month after starting as a volunteer. After being switched to work study with the station, I began to work as a color commentator for Northwest Junior College Ranger football, basketball and baseball broadcasts. I was hired as a full-time on-air personality in August 1983. My responsibilities included monitoring satellite feeds and shows from National Public Radio, working as a disc jockey and reading news and weather. I also continued my duties with the sports broadcast. I left the station to continue my education, but did return to the station in the summer of 1985 to help with a renovation project and to fill-in due to a staff shortage.
Education and Training
University of Southern Miss , 1987, Hattiesburg
Radio, Television and Film Production, Bachelor of Science
I attended the University of Southern Mississippi to continue my pursuit of experience and a degree in broadcasting and film. I spent three years at the school as s student, focusing on courses related to television and film production. The work included news stories for a semester program, Student Entertainment Television. A feature story that I worked on about the Christian rock band "David and the Giants" won the 1987 Best College News Story award with the Mississippi AP. It was the first award the school won in a television category at the competition. I also worked with university television center on various projects on a volunteer basis. Additionally, I was active in the Resident Hall Association, serving in various positions within my dorm and as vice-president of RHA during the 1985-1986 school year.
Northwest Mississippi Junior College , 1984, Senatobia
Oral Communications, Associate of Art
While working for WNJC, I was a full-time student. The radio production and broadcast classes substituted for speech course requirements for the degree. I was also a member of the Society of Student Broadcasters.
Harding Academy , 1981, Memphis
Science/Math , Scientific Diploma
While at Harding, I was first exposed to computer programming and computer related courses.