Member Of The WWNY Family Retiring After 33 YearsPosted: Updated:
When you're watching the morning news on WWNY, there's a good chance Jeff Dawley is directing the show.
Jeff has been a technical director at the news station for the last 33 years. When he started back in 1984, the newscasts were ran very different.
"Today one person can put on a newscast and that's directing, running the cameras doing the audio, everything and when I first started, that one person took seven people back then to do," said Jeff.
Over the years, Jeff has done a number of different jobs at the station - running audio, camera operator and commercial producer just to name a few.
The job he's had longest though is directing the morning news. Jeff Cole worked with Dawley for about a decade as the show's anchor.
"Even if things we're hectic on the air with maybe a breaking news story or something weather related and we just had to go to different places, it was always calming to have Jeff Dawley's voice in your ear," said Cole.
Dawley was also apart of the Army Reserves while he worked at the station. He was deployed three different times to Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The station was very supportive...well, obviously, yes, they held my job for me, but they would write letters and they would send care packages," he said.
Now that Jeff is retiring, he'll stop pushing buttons to direct a newscast at WWNY and spend more time pushing buttons on his record player in his basement which holds 8,000 records.
"I'm still in the process of finding things, cataloging, sorting them and that's probably going to be for the next four or five months," he said.
While Jeff says he's ready to take it easy, he says he'll miss WWNY and is proud to have worked here.