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By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Our sports director, Dave Platta is one of the longest-running anchors at WTVM and News Leader Nine's Taylor Barnhill helps us get to know him better.

You'll hear about some of Dave's accomplishments and his unique on-set wardrobe. You'll also find out how he got into the business in "Getting to Know Dave".

"I was a baseball player who couldn't hit a curve ball, run, throw or hit. But other than that I was pretty good. I just wanted to get into sports so I could get into the games for free, quite frankly," Dave recalled.

And that's how Dave Platta got his start in the television business. He said, "I was in high school, calling in phoners for the high school baseball team. I called in scores."

When Dave went to college, that's where he says his career really took off, "There were two student radio stations at college and they took me on as a freshman. The first time I went on the radio I froze. It was about 45 seconds of silence before the disc jockey went on but I completely and totally froze."

But Dave didn't let that slip up get him down. He used his love of the game to get him where he is today.

"If you love sports, it makes all the difference in the world. You have to love it to get into it because you have to be enthusiastic," Dave said.

That enthusiasm has not only landed Dave a spot as sports director at Channel Nine, but it got his name out in the public in another way.

"Go on Amazon, type in my name and you're going to see I helped write two books. I was writing for baseball card magazine in the early 90's for side cash. One of the books is about Mickey Mantle memorabilia and the other is on the history of minor league baseball cards. My parents were really impressed to see my name either on the spine or front of the book. It was impressive. But it was cool to see my name in print. Being on T.V., so what, I'm in print!" Dave exclaimed.

When Dave is giving his sports report, many viewers will be shocked to know while on set, he doesn't wear pants. "Well I am wearing some sort of pants. It's not like people say "oh gosh, he's not wearing pants". We're behind the scenes, nobody sees," Dave reputed.

Okay, he's wearing shorts. But it is funny to see Dave dressed only from the waist up. He said, "News people have to be serious so they have to be in full suit. I'm sports -- this is the toy department and I have to go out in 90 degree weather. It's hot, it's sweaty and it's more important that I look good on the air with the face, the hair and all that. Nobody cares what I'm wearing. I'm wearing shorts. They're more comfortable. I have to go right out and shoot baseball or whatever so I dress for the weather. Besides, it's not like I'm covering politics. It's fun!"

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