Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee … wait, that was that other Davy. This one was born on a cattle and wheat farm on the Great Plains of North Dakota. Farm-fresh common sense, work ethic and imagination forged in the fields of great grains. Like spaghetti? Thank my dad. After an Honor Society high school career in Lakota, N.D., I attended junior college on a basketball scholarship where I repeatedly demonstrated that white men indeed can’t jump. But I did manage an associate’s degree in wildlife management. From there, a semester at the University of North Dakota, where I started to pursue a background in broadcasting and a minor in goofing off, so… To further educational opportunities and real-world experience, I enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1974 and eventually became part of the first all-volunteer army. I served three years as a radio/TV information specialist with extra training in newsprint and leadership. The bulk of my tour was at Fort Lewis, Wash., and I made a note to return to the great state of Washington one day. Honorably discharged in 1977 I returned to North Dakota and Minot State University, where I received degrees in communications and psychology. While attending school I worked as a radio DJ and a TV news reporter at a local combo operation. It was there that I discovered that what was taught in classroom didn’t always square with what was going on in the real world. Good to know. From there I moved to Blacksburg, Va., and a radio/TV producer job for Virginia Tech University -- Go, Gobblers! Go, Hokies! Two years on the East Coast was enough and I headed west to the hippie enclave of Eureka, Calif., for my first TV news director/anchorman gig. Yes, I had a mustache and comparisons to Ron Burgundy would one day be appropriate … just keep them “classy.” At a news guy conference in Las Vegas I met legendary newsman T.J. Close, who was from Washington state! Here was my callback to the Evergreen State, but I wound up on the never-green side of the Cascades. T.J hired me to come to Yakima and KIMA-TV in the winter of 1982. I worked a couple of years there, then spent 10 years across town as news director/anchor at KAPP-TV. I tried my hand at TV sales and radio sales and ultimately got a morning talk show radio gig for about two years on KCHT. (K-chat. Get it? Me, neither) By then KNDO-TV, the only TV station in town I hadn’t worked for, was looking for a news director/anchorman and they came calling based on my track record of past success and the fact that I work cheap. That was a successful five-year run, but the station was sold and the new owners wanted their own people in place, so early in 2001 I was about to be out of a job when KIT’s manager called and asked me to breakfast. Best meal ever! LOTS of bacon. Sixteen years later the Morning News with Dave and Lance rolls on as Yakima’s most popular morning radio show, presenting a variety of news , sports, weather, talk and fun -- Information and good conversation wrapped in our tell-it-like-it-is kinda style. We champion our advertisers, we pull for the underdogs, we love kids, veterans, seniors, animals, America and everything else that’s good and true that list doesn’t cover. We are A.M Proud with conservative values and a love for the people of the Yakima Valley. And it sure beats working on the farm.
That Little Purple Grape Has Some Fat Orange Competition
Wisconsin's Three Lakes Winery is selling a reasonably-priced pumpkin wine year round.
We’ve Seen the Enemy and It is FAT!
Now carbohydrates get most of the blame for making people fatter, but a new study suggests eating lots of fatty foods is the only cause of weight gain.
Celebrating Those Future Bundles Of Joy
Moms are invited to the free baby shower on Wednesday, July 18, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Astria Toppenish Hospital, located at 502 West Fourth in Toppenish.
Religious Transformation? I’m Just Here for the Atmosphere!
Study author and theologian Dr. Krish Kandiah says young people are attracted to churches and cathedrals because they see them as "quiet and sacred" spaces.
You Are Not Too Stupid To Vote, You Are Too Smart
I don't want you not to vote because I think you are stupid --but because I hope you are smart enough to know that something of this magnitude deserves the full scrutiny of someone elected to spend the time, do the research, read the plans, study the history and best weigh the chances for succ…
Want Less Stress – Write About The Positive
Research shows that when you journal or post or blog, whether you choose to write about positive or neutral emotions can make a difference.
Here Is Why A Public Plaza Vote Is Unfair To The Process
Here's what they say, "if the plaza is such a good idea why not be confident with a public vote." On the surface that makes sense. But that's assuming voters have enough accurate information to recognize the actual good in the good idea.
Ireland Is On The List – Harman Center Travel Plans
The getaway program recently published its first-ever “World Travel Catalog” for 2019 which includes a trip to Ireland, a river cruise through Central Europe, visits to Washington D.C. and the Grand Canyon as just some of the travel itineraries that will be offered to the adventurous i…
How Exercise Can Help You Build Your Brain
Researchers found that after exercise, there was less activity in participants' brains, and this slowing down of neural activity helped to streamline the brain's activities-- meaning there was less "mental noise" and therefore fewer thoughts to compete with the new information t…
Yakima’s Plaza Vote Goes to the Ballot
Tuesday night the City Council voted 4 to 3 to put the Plaza advisory vote on the November ballot. Don't for a second think that the council is making a responsible outreach seeking community guidance.