My broadcast career began in radio in the 1980s in Orlando, Florida even before I graduated from the University of Central Florida. After a few years I made the jump to television at the CBS affiliate. I handled the weekend weather duties and reported on the people and places of Central Florida. In 1996, I made the move down I-4 to the ABC station in Tampa to continue bringing viewers award-winning reports from their neighborhood. Now I'm excited to do the same at WAAY 31 News here in Huntsville!
I admit, I'm a bit of a science nerd, so the Rocket City is right up my alley. Since I grew up and worked in Florida I've had a front row seat to watch the growing space program. In 1969, (I was six), my dad packed us up and we traveled from Ft. Lauderdale to Cocoa Beach to watch the Apollo 11 moon launch! Years later (1981) as a young adult I drove myself to the same place to watch the first space shuttle launch.
I couldn't be more thrilled to be living and working in the beautiful Tennessee valley. Huntsville is a growing, vibrant city and my wife and I can't wait to explore it and the surrounding areas. As a Florida native, it's great to be close to the mountains! We are looking forward to experiencing everything North Alabama has to offer.
WAAY 31 sat down with Marshall Space Flight Center Director Jody Singer about what's to come in the next 50 years.
About a third of the way into construction, the park went belly up. The dream of Space City USA proved to be out of this world.
WAAY 31 heard from the man who owns Neil Armstrong's old sports car!
“The Space Age, the Rocket City, doesn’t so much change Huntsville, as it was just the next evolution of what was already going on," said David Hitt, the president of the Huntsville Madison County Historical Society.
WAAY 31 sat down with a man who has amassed a huge collection of NASA memorabilia during his years at the space agency.
Dr. Wernher Von Braun, the first director of the Marshall Space Flight Center, spearheaded NASA’s race into space, putting Huntsville on the map and becoming a household name doing it.
In 1961, Wernher Von Braun and his team were ready to test-launch the first version of their massive Saturn rocket that would take astronauts to the moon, but a catastrophe at the Wheeler Dam threatened to put the entire Apollo program behind schedule.
WAAY 31 decided to take a closer look into the tax system, and break down the tax brackets.
WAAY 31 is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon launch this year.
WAAY 31 got a rare look inside the Jack Daniel's Cooperage in Lawrence, County.