This long ago career change worked out pretty well. I've been your WVEC sportscaster since January 1986. But, my first attempt at a career was as a cancer research technician at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The research made sense given my first degree from the University of Delaware was in biology. What didn't make much sense to me was spending all my time with mice and rabbits in the name of cancer research.
The changeover came in 1981 when I went back to school at Towson University for a second degree in Mass Communications. The big break was an internship for WBAL, the CBS television affiliate in Baltimore. The internship opened up doors for my entry into the "real world" of broadcasting. First off there was a brief 4 month stint in radio in Frederick, Maryland. Then came the transition to television when I landed a job with WMDT in Salisbury, Maryland. As the only person in the sports department I got hands on experience with every facet of the job. That took 3 1/2 years.
All these year later, all at WVEC, I still stay I'm one luckiest people out there because I'm still doing my hobby for a career. That career has taken me to a couple of Super Bowls following the Redskins. There have been MLB playoff games and the MLB All Star game. I always look forward to when our local teams play in the NCAA basketball tournament. Not much can top the college bowl games, especially when Virginia Tech played for a national championship in the Sugar Bowl. My ears are still ringing from all the coverage of NASCAR, the highlight being Dale Earnhardt's one and only win of the Daytona 500.
When I'm not working you can find me on the golf course. When you can't find me on the first golf course, check another one. Having grown up on a tree farm I've always loved gardening. The last few years I've spent time with the Boy Scouts. I'm on the Board of Directors for the Tidewater Council of Boy Scouts.
You won't find me rooting for teams on the air, but I will mention here that my two sons went to Georgia Tech and the University of Virginia. I should also mention I grew up in Lansdale, Pennsylvania a Philadelphia suburb. My wife Judy and I have been happily married since 1982.