Category Archives: TV News

10 Years Ago Today TV News Lost A Legend. I Lost My Friend : Remembering Doug Viar

Ten years ago on this very day Doug Viar died. I’ve written a similar post to this one every year on the anniversary date of his death. I can’t believe it’s already been a decade. This year’s anniversary remembrance was … Continue reading

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I Knew This Day Would Eventually Come – Happy Trails Printed Blue Ridge Life Magazine

Roseland Nelson County, Virginia By Tommy Stafford It’s amazing how fast 16 years can go by when you’re an adult, and you’re adulting. Not so much when you’re a kid and you’re waiting on the 16th birthday so you can … Continue reading

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Godspeed My Friend & Fellow Pilot, Steve Shannon

Dyer County, Tennessee I was sitting in my favorite Mexican restaurant here the mountains of Virginia when I got the message from a mutual friend Joe Markham down in Florida. “Steve Shannon died this morning.” Within a minute I had … Continue reading

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Happy Trails Meteorologist David Reese!

Charlottesville, VA > Brownsville, TX If I’ve learned anything from my stint of 20 years back in the TV News business, it’s this. You’ll make a lot of great friends, but don’t get used to them hanging around too long. … Continue reading

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It’s Not The Bad Times That Get You It’s The Good Ones!

Roseland, Virginia¬† Years ago in the early 90s I co-hosted a daily morning cable show back in Northwest Tennessee. It was a pretty darn good quality show for its time considering it was local cable and only reached 10-15 thousand … Continue reading

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Doug Viar : Remembering My Friend & News Mentor 9 Years Later

Doug Viar left us on this very day 9 years ago in April of 2011. Just short of a decade. As many of you know Doug was my TV news mentor. He taught me just about everything I know today … Continue reading

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8 Years Ago Today We Said Good-Bye To A Mid-South TV News Legend & Friend

Every year around April 4th I reflect on what to say about my dear departed friend and TV news mentor, the late Doug Viar. Doug literally dropped dead walking down the steps from his office in Jackson, Tennessee on April … Continue reading

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