My 'TV opportunity' came while I was working at KLBK radio in Lubbock. In October, 1964 the weatherman on KLBK-TV was moving to Austin and I was given the opportunity to audition for his position on KLBK-TV. To my surprise, I got the job. Now I needed to learn something about the weather! This was before computers, so the somewhat amateurish presentation of weather on TV was done with magnetic symbols on a painted metal map. A farmer told me at the time, " ... you just tell me where the 'jet stream' is, and I can figure out the rest."
My next 'break' came about 6 months later, when one of the two news anchors took a job elsewhere, and that position was offered to me. I jumped at the opportunity. I worked as the main news anchor on KLBK-TV until October 1968, when a new TV station in the Lubbock market was being built and offered me the chief news anchor position on KSEL-TV (which would later become KAMC-TV).
My Lubbock television career has been spent at these two stations.. and now I am back where I began .. at KLBK-TV. My TV career spans 46 years, with 4 years out in private business. This is over 50 years in broadcasting (TV and radio)... more than 30,000 newscasts, and still going. A most rewarding and fulfilling lifelong work ... doing something that is pretty much all I ever wanted to do. God is good.