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.
Start The Year With The Ugly Truths About America
Yes, Americans are not really happy with their lives. I tend to believe this is caused by the tension we are under, both financially and politically. Norway is considered the happiest country on the planet. The USA isn’t even in the Top 10.
Yakima’s MLK Day Celebration Is Set For Monday
African-American community leaders Reverend Robert Trimble and O-I-C C.E.O Steve Mitchell stopped by the KIT Radio studio to talk about this year's MLK Day march, theme and the degree of progress made in Yakima so far.
Pierce County Deputy Remembered On Law Appreciation Day
Today more than ever, we are reminded of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. On National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, the State of Washington mourns the loss of Pierce County Sheriff's Department Deputy Daniel McCartney.
Yakima’s African-American Leaders Discuss The Current Racial Divide
Two of Yakima's leaders in the African American Community sat down with KIT to discuss the protests and race relations in the valley.
Rep. Dave Taylor Previews The Legislative Session
Tuesday at 7:40am on the Morning News we'll talk with 15th District State Representative Dave Taylor about the new legislative session.
Elvis Presley Would Have Been 83 Today
When you talk about Elvis the numbers are staggering. TV Guide reports - Records sold: More than one billion, Number of gold, platinum or multi-platinum albums: 63 !
Yakima County Sheriff Brian Winter Has ALS, Won’t Seek Re-election
A recently diagnosed medical condition is forcing Sheriff Brian Winter to not seek re-election when his current term expires.
Puppy Love Can Be Jealous Too
Research from 2014 found dogs got more jealous when their owners interacted with fake dogs than with other non-dog objects.
Exclusive Aerial Tour of Rattlesnake Ridge Shows Extent of Landslide Threat
Photojournalist Jack Balzer and I took a helicopter ride to the ridge on Thursday (Jan. 4) for an up-close look, and there is no doubt the earth there is on the move. The questions are where, when and how much?
Really Rare Lunar Eclipse – First In 150 Years
A rare combination of celestial events promises unique lunar trifecta!