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.
One More Time — Council Votes To Proceed With Plaza
Tonight at the Yakima City Council meeting the vote was 4 to 3 NOT to end the downtown Plaza Project. Hundreds of Yakamanians and the generous contributors of more than 9.6 million dollars will see their gifts, efforts and vision realized-- but it didn't happen without a fight and a level of d…
Yakama Warriors To Host Vietnam Vets Welcome Home Celebration
Welcome Home. Two words. Just two simple words. Welcome Home. For tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans returning from the war, hearing those two words would have meant the world, would have helped bring them peace. For tens of thousands of Vietnam vets, not hearing th…
When We Need A Hero, Who Will Respond?
Researchers say brave people tend to have a cocktail of qualities including risk-seeking, generosity and empathy that were developed in a home atmosphere where moral teachings were valued
Intermittent Fasting Offers Promise For More Efficient Workouts
A new study from the U.K.'s National Institute of Health (NHS) found that those who fasted for regular periods of time burned fat instead of sugars during exercise, which allowed them to work out for 20 to 30 percent longer because fats are a more efficient energy source.
Yakima County Prosecutor To Talk Gun Free Zones & Juvenile Threats on KIT
What are the penalties the law prescribes for juveniles who make school shooting or bombing threats? Can juveniles who threaten classmates or teachers be treated as adults under the law?
Heart Health Requires You To Know Your Numbers
Shannon took my blood pressure while Base was sharing his story and I am happy to say I showed a reading of 126 over 70. The first number is the Systolic pressure or force in the arteries when the heart beats
At Every Age We All Agree, Old Age Is Something Older Than Us!
We seem to adjust our ideas about age as we age -- the operating principle here according to study leaders is the perception that being old is a negative thing so we want to put it off as long as possible
Columnist Peggy Noonan Says Guns Are Just A Part Of The Problem
Part of the divide in America is that the old longing for integration gave way to a culture of accusation—you are a supremacist, a misogynist, you are guilty of privilege and defined by your color and class, we don’t let your sort speak here."
Artificial Intelligence Means There Will Never Be A Holiday Without “Grandma”
Swedish scientists are looking for volunteers who are willing to offer up their dead relatives for a study that would use artificial intelligence (AI) to reconstruct their voices allowing them to communicate.
What Will Kids Teach Us About School Safety In The Aftermath Of Parkland
KIT blogger friend put together an analysis of what happened in the shooting at Parkland, FL, and a three phase plan to better prepare for any future school attacks.