David Wire – 10 YearsSeptember 27th, 2010 at 9:40 am by David Wire under Weather, WTHI Blog
Thank you for 10 early years!
That’s right, it’s now official. I’ve been waking up the Wabash Valley for 10 full years and I want to say thank you for letting me into your home each morning.
September 25, 2000 was the beginning of the early mornings for me…and you. I had been working on the weekends doing evening weather for fifteen months prior when I got the call to work mornings. I said yes to the opportunity, and I’ve loved every early minute of it since.
Back then I had just two suits. One fit pretty good but the other…not so much. It used to hang on my skinny frame like a wet sweater on a hanger. The arms were too long on it and one of the buttons had broken in half. I didn’t let that bother me as I was too nervous about forecasting five days a week to really notice how bad the suits fit. I felt a huge responsibility, to you the viewer, to be as accurate as I could be and hoped I could earn your trust.
While I’ve never met most of you, I do feel like we know each other. You’re all extremely friendly to me when I’m out in the community and have allowed me to enter your home each morning and midday for 10 years…THANK YOU!
Wow, where has the time gone? I was 24 years old when I started on the morning shift and now I’m 34. I now have a beautiful wife, two fantastic children, and a receding hair line I didn’t see coming. You all have been a huge part of my life as you were there when I got married and you were there when my children were born. These are the two biggest moments in my life thus far and while there are usually a lot of friends and family present during these times …mine was broadcast on television. You’ve seen the picture from my wedding and some of you even know my children’s names. I honored to share these moments with you.
Some of my most memorable moments while working mornings over the past ten years;
- September 11, 2001. I was in my office eating breakfast in between live cut-ins when the CBS Early show broke into programming and let us watch the rest of the tragic events unfold live. I was sitting the same chair I am now and sitting at the same desk.
- Snowrollers! February 12, 2003. After an overnight snowfall of one to three inches and gusty winds 20 to 30 mph…we woke up to the phenomenon known as snowrollers! Once the sun came up we were treated to little “rolls” of snow all over the Wabash Valley. I got some of the most interesting calls of my career that morning.
- Earthquake! April 18, 2008. At approximately 5:36 am ET we were woken up by an earthquake and we were live in a newscast. It happened during the commercial break right before my weather segment so I was able to find out the specific information for you and was able to confirm what had just happened.
While there are many more moments that I remember and were a part of, those are the top three that are most memorable to me while working on the morning shift. The June floods of 2008 happened on a Friday night into Saturday morning so I woke up at home and realized what was happening and headed into work by 9:00am that morning.
Here are some things that you may not know about me. Most days I have a granola bar and Diet Coke around 4:00am while putting the forecast together in the studio. I just recently started drinking diet because as my hair began to fall out, my gut was getting bigger too. I used to start my day with cookies and a Pepsi so this seems healthy! I eat a regular lunch around 7:15 – 7:30 am with my good friend John Black (also our morning show Director) in the weather office and that usually consists of leftovers from dinner the night before. I email or text a specific forecast to my wife every morning to her phone which usually wakes her up and lets her know how to dress the kids for the day. I carry a buckeye in my pocket at all times. Yes, I really wear tennis shoes everyday. I’ve never watched the tapes of my first few days on the air…and I have the copies in my office about two feet from where I’m writing this. And lastly, I just got rid of the BIG red slippers some of you have seen me wear before. After washing them a few times the colors started to run and they just didn’t hold up. Yes, those are the ones I wore in the Christmas commercial when I got hit in the head several years ago.
For fear that this quick thank you is getting a bit wordy, I’ll end it here. Thank you so much for allowing me in your home, your bedroom, your kitchen, your internet, and your life every morning for the past 10 years. I am grateful you choose WTHI every morning and hope to see you…tomorrow morning.
- Dave Wire