When I was a child, I would take apart my dad's electronics
just to see what made them work. Then, in high school, I
got involved with the marching band and would set up the
public address system for practices and competitions. Slowly,
I began to do more with sound-running the PA during school
assemblies and athletic events. The more I learned, the
more interested I became. I took Physics for the Technologies
and all the computer classes I could at Pendleton High School,
but I never considered a career in broadcasting until a
friend of mine suggested it.
graduating with honors from Pendleton High School in 1997,
I enrolled at Tri-County Technical College, where I majored
in Radio and Television Broadcasting. In 1998, the head
of that department suggested I apply for an opening at WYFF.
I took his advice, and I was offered the position. After
starting at WYFF in the entry-level position of Production
Assistant, I was promoted to Production Assistant/Audio
Operator in 1999.
This position came with the responsibility of running audio
for the weekend morning show, which meant I had to leave
home at 4:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays!
Then, in 2000, I graduated from Tri-County Technical College
with an associate degree in Industrial Technology, majoring
in Radio and Television Broadcasting. At WYFF, I learned
about other areas of broadcasting as well; I did some work
as a Microwave Engineer, driving live trucks to sites of
breaking news and microwaving signals back to the station.
I was eventually promoted to Control Room Operator, which
entails operating everything from audio equipment to video
equipment to Master Control.