Ten at 10. A decade on KAKE. It was ten years ago this month that I started a full-time job at KAKE. I was hired as the weekend sports guy. To be honest, it's a job I miss every now and then. Like on Friday nights during high school football season. I also miss it in March when the madness is in full swing. However, I don't miss covering junior high track and field or an amateur darts tournament. Just sayin.
Ten years at 10, It's been almost 8 years as a news anchor. Funny how time passes. The longer I'm here, the faster time seems to fly. Actually, it's been more like 14 years at KAKE. Before I was hired as a weekend sports anchor, I spent over 3 years at KAKE as a part-time sports photographer and assignment editor. I have seen many good people come and go over the years, but there are still many folks at this TV station that have called KAKE home far longer then just a wimpy 10 years. Mike Iuen just celebrated 30 years. I was 5 when he started here. FIVE! Our News Director Dave Grant has to be closing in on 15. Of course Larry Hatteberg, Susan Peters, Chris Frank, several engineers and production guys have called KAKE home for many decades now. Ten years at 10, and I still feel like a rookie sometimes.
I must tell you, It's been an honor to be here as KAKE transitions to HD. This station has such a rich history, not only on the local level, but nationally too. If you don't believe me or need a crash course on KAKE's history, get the Pieces of KAKE DVD. Good stuff.
I think doing 10 years at KAKE makes me a part of the station's history. It's something I'm very proud of, and something I will always cherish. I'm also proud to be part of the ever changing landscape of this television station. KAKE's future is very bright. Ten years at KAKE, it's been a good decade.