Over the next week or so, we will be introducing our readers to all the local sports anchors responsible for making Friday Nights come alive in your living room.
Today: Dave Cooney
Dave Cooney graduated from The Ohio State University and then completed a brief stint in Las Vegas before moving to KOLD News 13/Fox 11 where he has been an anchor since 2006.
He has won three Emmys including one for the high school football segment called, “Overtime.”
In his own words:
“I try to reinvent the way I cover sports locally and nationally every chance I get. By that I mean, what could I do that would really engage the viewer? I have no interest in the traditional format… it’s boring. There are a lot of “cheerleaders” in this business, they’ll do everything they can to protect and promote the hometown team. I’m not trying to be a villain but I don’t mind if not everyone doesn’t like what I have to say. Sports debate is healthy… if we all agreed wouldn’t that be such a boring world to live in?
I love Friday nights, I’ve had the chance to cover a couple Super Bowls, college football bowl games, but Friday nights are still so much fun. I played in NE Ohio where football was gospel, maybe it’s the Al Bundy in me trying to get that fix again. Hah. But it’s still at its root, simply fun.
Most of all I try to have fun, sports is supposed to be fun. I try to translate that into my on air approach, I want you to feel like the guy next to you on the barstool or on the couch.”
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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com