David Wire – 10 Years

September 27th, 2010 at 9:40 am by 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; 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

13 Responses to “David Wire – 10 Years”

  1. Carolyn says:

    Have enjoyed watching you grow into a fine weather man David…congrats on the 10 years…hope to see you around for many more!!

  2. Dave Cox says:

    From the Sisters of Providence, and their communications office, congratulations, David!!!

  3. chapmans says:

    it has been a joy to see you grow with us david. we will never forget when you started>so shy and young. congrats david wire>we love ya…

  4. CeCe Higgins says:

    Your story almost made me cry, I am up with you every morning at 5 30 and love watching you> Your great!!!

  5. Wilma Jerrell says:

    David, congrats on your tenth anniversary at WTHI. We remember the two suits you wore during your first few months at WTHI but understood why–a young man with his first position trying to make finanacial ends meet–we have been there, too. You have developed into a wonderful TV personality that we enjoy and you are welcome into our home each morning.

  6. Steven Mclin says:

    Congrats dave on your ten years on mornings, I have had coffee with you on most of those mornings while getting ready for work, Also a thank you for the visit to my wifes elementary school she said the kids enjoyed your visit very much.

  7. KYLE says:

    Thank you Dave. We appreciate everything you do for us. We look forward to the next ten years.

  8. Liz says:

    THANK YOU ! You always give the most accurate weather in a most professional way. I also wake up with you while I’m getting ready for work. You make waking up so much better and easier to deal with…..Looking forward to the next 10 years.

  9. Lynette says:

    My husband and I wouldn’t watch anyone else. We enjoy your broadcasts and my husband, still to this day, brings up the ” big wheel”. Congrats on 10 years and hope you will stay for many more.

  10. Mark says:

    Congrats on 10 years. You are a credit to your profession, I remember meeting you when we were both residing in Village Quarter in 1999-2000. I recall you mentioning that one of your dreams was to be a Game Show Host. Wondering if that is still a goal, or that changed over the years as your career progressed in weather.

  11. jamie says:

    its been a joy watching you over the years, congrats, and wish you and your family well.

  12. RP says:

    We love you David, keep up the good work!

  13. Shannon says:

    Congratulations David. I enjoyed watching u every morning. So have u seen any gray hairs yet. I have twoloving children at 33. My daughter is going to be 15 the 29th of this month and my son is 8. As young as my age tells me they make me feel old. Lol. But they r the love of my life. I hope to see u around for another 10 years.