This Father’s Day was extra special because of the article that ran in Sunday’s Times-Picayune. Thanks to Dave Walker (no relation) for doing a fantastic job keeping the timeline and all the different jobs straight…although he did add an extra year to my age. I just turned 36.
Here’s an excerpt:
Scott worked part time for a Hattiesburg TV station off and on through college, but remembers that his first full-time annual sportscaster salary offer was $12,500, bumped to $16,500 thanks to a job offer from a station elsewhere.
Young TV news people often market-hop, and Scott Walker did. En route from Hattiesburg to Jackson to Gulfport-Biloxi to Mobile to Orlando there was a marriage (to Jennifer, whom Scott met at Southern Miss) and a son. Scott also moved to news from sports during one of those career stops, a decision he does not regret today.
Orlando was the comparative big time, a high-profile slot anchoring a morning news show on an NBC affiliate in a top-20 media market.
Scott was lucky to stay close to home during those years, even in Orlando, a quick air hop away, but the prospect of actually working in his hometown never seemed likely. And the question came up a lot.
“I would always say, ‘I don’t know,’” Scott said. “I really wanted to say ‘Never,’ because I thought that’s how it would pan out.
“I thought, once I got to Orlando, it wasn’t going to happen, that that chapter had passed.
“When I said we were moving back, it took everybody by surprise.”
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