I grew up working and living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This small town’s economy is based on tourism, commercial fishing, real estate and construction. My company East Coast Motions produced Television Programs about the Outer Banks. Since then I have been able to see and understand the other side of the coin in regards to tourism and travel.
The Travel and Tourism Industry caters to the need for recreation. It can be hard work making sure that your guests are having fun. While working at WTRF, Mark Davis and I traveled around visiting area attractions that are within driving distance of Wheeling WV.
Here is a period piece about one such resort in Canaan Valley WV. This is an old dub (copy).
I work as a Snowboard Instructor at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling WV and at 7 Springs in Champion PA. This season I got to work with a group of 13 Pittsburgh Area Boy Scouts in pursuit of their Snow Sports/Snowboarding Merit Badge. This 5 Week Program was very rewarding because we got to see these guys progress over a compressed time period.
Steve Draper, Nathan Tedjeske and I got to work hands on to get these guys down the hill in grand style. We started with the basic elements of riding: Balance, Edging, Rotation and Pressure. Using the terrain and specific riding drills these elements were reinforced with Instructor Feed Back and Riding Analysis.
Here is a short ten minute video of our last day:
I took some photos and have them posted on my Public Facebook Page also:
Please call Oglebay @ 304-243-4049 or 7 Springs Resort @ 800-452-2223 and Request Me for a Private Lesson. I specialize in Video Analysis.
Being in the right place at the right time can get you some great subject material. I used to hitch-hike back and forth between Chapel Hill NC and Kill Devil Hills NC during my college years. One time a guy in an old rusty cadillac picked me up. His license plate said “Jack and the” Turned out to be none other than the musician featured in this video; “Michael Kelsh”. We struck up a conversation about who we were and what we did. When it came time for a senior project for school I rang him up and we scheduled the shoot. Fellow students LeeAnn Woodard and Jim Kinney contributed to the production. Michael was playing for Southern Culture on the Skids at the time and he invited some of them to appear in the video. It was fun setting up different scenes all over the area. When we revealed it in class it became an instant hit.
The Wheeling Rotary Club Recognized at Wheeling Skate Park Dedication Ceremony
Wheeling City Officials and Wheeling Skate Park Committee Members hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Wheeling Skate Park on Sunday, October 21st. The generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations like the Wheeling Rotary Club helped get the park funded and built.
Wheeling Rotary Club member, Bryan Murray signed on with the Wheeling Skate Park Committee in 2004. This grass-roots group had big dreams and little money for the daunting $330,000 project. Murray approached then Rotary Club President, John Egan McAteer about getting the Rotary Club involved. A committee was formed that included Bryan Murray, Dick Koehler, John Morrsion and John Egan McAteer.
The committee met regularly and worked behind the scenes to get more of the business community in support of the skate park. The Wheeling Rotary Club held a celebrity waiter event, collected donations and used existing club funds to raise money for the project. They were able to double the donation with a matching District Simplified Grant. The funds were donated to the project in 2006 as the Wheeling Rotary Club’s Centenial Project. The Rotary Club’s involvement, city funding and a myriad of other donations helped the Wheeling Skate Park Committee get a subsequent matching federal grant to make the park possible.
I moved to Wheeling WV in 1992 and met an old school journalist by the name of Joseph Tarantini. His ‘on-air’ name was Mark Davis and he had worked at WTRF since the early days of television. Back then all reporters and announcers with ethnic names would change them to something that sounded mainstream for the time. He was a treasure trove of information and had been under-utilized by the station. I worked weekends (the most unpopular shift) with him. It was great to learn pure journalism and how to report by just the facts.
Over time he and Igarnered some acclaim and moved onto travel reporting. We figured it to be a great way to travel on the stations dime, while providing a valuable service. Viewers enjoyed the “Tri-State Travel Series”. Most destinations were to be reached in one tank of gas. It was one of my career highlights to win an AP Award for Photojournalism under his tutelage.
Mark passed away in 2011 and I will never forget the valuable skills he taught me. I will miss his engaging conversations and unbiased view of the world. Here are a few of the segments we produced in no particular order. They are all stand alone complete reports. Just click on the image: