I was looking at the calendar Friday when I realized that the date June 5th had meaning for me.
It will mark 10 years since I started work at KWQC-TV6 in Davenport.
That’s nothing monumental, but got me thinking about all the stuff that has happened, to me, in that decade.
I got married, had two kids, moved to Des Moines Ankeny, went to work at WHO-TV and went to work at IPTV.
Those are just the highlights of my life.
The world lived through Gore beating Bush, 9-11, War in Afghanistan, War In Iraq, Katrina, Obama elected, War in Afghanistan.
I’ve made countless friends, contacts and fans (not sure why) and had the privilege of telling hundreds of stories from countless locations.
Davenport was not my first stop, but my second full-time TV news gig. I worked two years at KIMT-TV3 in Mason City before getting the weekend anchor job in the Quad Cities.
Really it was Heidi Plummer, who, I still believe to this day helped me get the job at KWQC. Heidi was the receptionist at the station that day in the spring of 2000 when I dropped off my resume and tape for news director Doug Retherford.
I was visiting Amy, who was living in Moline at the time, and saw the KWQC opening for a weekend anchor. I got to 805 Brady Street close to 5p that day. I had a couple of other tapes to mail that day as I was at the end of my contract in Mason City. For the life of me, I can’t remember where those other jobs were.
I asked Heidi where the closest post office was. She said, “it isn’t that far, but you won’t make it there before it closes, so I’ll mail your items for you.”
I never know if she did mail my other tapes. I got a call from Doug, had the interview, got the job and moved to the QC.
Time moved quickly as I experienced my first Bix 7, John Deere Classic (it was at the new course for the first time that year), Mississippi Valley Fair, Highlight Zone, Festival of Trees Parade and Whitey’s. And, in the same city as my girlfriend for the first time in two years.
Doug hired me. Betty Vesey was the EP. Andea Davidson ran the desk. Jake Peterson produced the morning show, Stacey Palzkill the 5, Ellen Ant the 6/10.
I went on my first story with Randy Biery. Also in photog land, Mike Ortiz, Hank Strunk, Bob Palmer, Jess Hull, Jon Millman and Drew Jones.
Matt Davis, Elizabeth Goodsitt, Eugene Kennedy, Dawn Smith, Fran Riley and the legend Ed Lewis were my reporter pals.
Thom Cornelis, Dan Pearson and Ryan Nolan were in sports with Terry Swails, Erik Maitland, Theresa Bryant and Kris Oetzmann in weather.
Alison Baumbach edited tapes and Dave Van Meter was the weekend director.
Gary Metivier, Sharon Derycke, Mike Mickle, Marcia Lense, Paula Sands and Charles King were our anchors.
A lot of great people at a great station in a great community.
Thank you to all for a great set of memories that started ten years ago.