Sometime today, I’ll be announcing a new columnist joining our ranks. This individual is our first columnist to have experience in the world of news, having worked as a reporter in Joooooh-ja (that’s “Georgia” for you unschooled).
In high school, he did the radio news for WBLJ AM in Dalton, Joooooh-ja. He became a real dog — at the University of Georgia where he majored in Journalism, minored in history and worked again with radio news for WGAU AM / WNGC FM in Athens. After regurgitating (or is that “graduating”?) from college he worked as a news reporter and weekend sports anchor at WCHS-TV (CBS) in Charleston, West Virginia and later as a reporter and back-up anchor for WKRG-TV (then CBS) in Mobile, ‘Bama (that’s “ALAbama” to you westerners).
A 30-minute documentary he produced, wrote, edited, and narrated won the Outstanding Documentary award for the Southeastern United States from the United Press International Broadcasters Association, and the Outstanding Documentary award for Alabama from the Associated Press Broadcasters Association. In 1984, he received the Award for Outstanding Journalistic Achievement from the Press Club of Mobile.
Of his experience, he says,
Keep in mind, this was Radio and TV. Writing for
broadcast is very different from other kinds of writing. In television, especially, I never considered myself a journalist. Even though I covered “heavy” (serious) stories such as politicians and trials, I considered myself more of an entertainer than anything else.
His first column may be entertaining to some, but I’d call it “hard-hitting, provocative and sure to raise eyebrows.” Or, as Rather & Brokaw might say, “Two thumbs up.”
Look forward to it later today right here at Unspun™.