For the first 15 years of my life I wanted nothing more than to be in the medical field--specifically studying in the field of Psychology. In an insert of one of my elementary school yearbooks we were asked the all important question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I responded honestly and said, "I want to be a psychiatrist, so that I can see what makes people tick." Up until I was 15 this was the road I was preparing to head down but something happened that changed that path.
I always had this desire to be on the radio and when I was 15 I got my first chance. The local radio station, WRLV AM/FM in my hometown of Salyersville, wanted a student to come by and record a couple of promos that kept the community up to date on school news. This didn't even get out of the gate but it did get my foot in the door.
From that point on I wanted to be in communications whether it was radio or television. I uncovered a passion for broadcasting that I couldn't deny. So, no more medical field for me. I had found a new love.
When I turned 16, I was given another opportunity to get into the broadcasting field early. My high school electricity teacher was asked to do play-by-play for the Magoffin County Hornets. He asked me to be his color commentator and statistician. That was the break that I needed because just as soon as the season ended I was offered a job at the station.
My very first job was recording the evening weather and recording some commercials. On a daily basis, I only put in 2 or 3 hours a day after school. Before I knew it I was doing everything from cleaning the station, taking out the trash, dabbling in sales, writing commercials, washing the station vehicle, you name it I was doing it at one time or another.
During all of the juggling of numerous duties I was also on the air live everyday from 3-6pm and all weekend weather was on my shoulders. I was given a few titles while there. The first was Sports Director in 1999 and in 2000 I became Music Director.
The whole time I was working at WRLV I was also finishing high school and beginning the first part of my college career at Prestonsburg Community College now known as Big Sandy Community & Technical College. One cold February day in 2001 I received a phone call from Tony Turner that would change the course of my life again. He asked me to come over to WYMT and interview for the Chief Weathercaster position.
All through school and in life weather was always interesting. I had studied it and I admit it had always been a passion of mine and I really looked forward to the chance to put my knowledge to the test. In late February 2001 I made my third trip ever to the city of Hazard. This time I was here to try for my chance in television. Little did I know that it wouldn't be the last.
I started work at WYMT on March 12, 2001. I will never forget my first boss here at the station or more importantly my friend Tony Turner for the chance he gave me even when it looked as if I would never get it right. He always told me "Don't worry it'll come, you have that look about you."
In March of 2003, I became a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. I received my Broadcast Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University.
I was fortunate to marry my best friend in this entire world. Terri and I have been together for years so why not tie the knot? I have two sons. The oldest is Caleb and the newest member of the family Carsyn Storm. Caleb may be my step-son, but he's just as much mine as he is Terri's.
Give me an XBOX 360, any of the Halo franchise, Call of Duty and I will be awake for a month. Many times I stay up all night just playing the 360 or burning up the net. Go a head... call me a geek! It's not as easy playing all night these days since Storm is up by 7:30am... every single day!
Golf is my #1 sport! I played a lot when I was younger and then I took a few years off. Those years off were a huge mistake and unlike riding a bike... you do forget some things about golf. Trust me... I have been trying to get it all back for a while now! LOL
One of my all time favorite famous people is David Letterman. My favorite movie is a 1980s comedy, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
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