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Pictures From My Dad’s News Photographer Days

Here are a few photos from my dad’s days as Chief Photographer at WFMY-TV. Most are from the 50s and 60s. Enjoy!


28 responses

  1. These pictures are so cool! Especially the circus one.

    May 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm

  2. Thanks! I have a ton of his old photos to scan and upload. For years I’ve looked at these photos without them meaning too much, but now that it’s been nearly 50 years, they really are neat!

    Thanks and have a good week!

    May 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

  3. Anonymous

    I love the memories these photos bring back! It would be great if we could find a photo of my Mom from those days – she would love it! In the early 1950s, she was on a show called the ‘Carolina Ranglers’ – the name of the band she sang for for 2 years. Her name was Margie Smith then. In the 70s, she was asked to attend a televised WFMY TV’s 25 year anniversary celebration. We did manage to obtain a video of her singing “My Chocolate Ice Cream Cone” from the anniversary show. Marvin Hudson and Don Causey were fellow band members, and also worked in the film room.

    BTW, you favor your Dad Rusty. And, I’m sure you’re proud of his accomplishments. They say the ‘apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’…

    June 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    • debbie1227

      woops…Carolina Rangers, NOT Rangers.

      May 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

  4. I believe that is Mark Combs in the weather photo if I remember right.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

  5. In the news team photo that looks like Dave Wegerick(spelling may be wrong),Mark Combs and Woody Durham.Woody Durham took over when Charlie Harville left for WGHP in 1963.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

  6. The reporter in the election night photo looks like John McMullen.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm

  7. Linda Matthews

    I’m looking for Mike Moore who was Phil Matthews’ roommate at UNC-G way back when

    January 17, 2012 at 4:09 am

    • Hi Linda! I got back to Greensboro around 2000. I hope you are well. I can be reached either here, or on Facebook. I’m the Michael Moore with the Pop-art Bunny for an icon and I’m listed in Greensboro

      January 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

    • I’m right here. where are you?

      May 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

  8. Anonymous

    Hey there,
    my dad worked with your father at the station. He was the Director, Jack Forehand. If you have any more newsroom photos please upload them. Dad said he had so many of them but they were kept as “station property”.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:03 am

  9. Jack Forehand

    I can’t believe my daughter found your site with all these great photos. I worked with Buddy for 25 years! I used to shuffle through your dads BW photos and put together montages to hang in my office. Boy I wish I still had those photos. Your dad and I worked together on many documentaries, most produced by Lee Kinard. Bill Gordon was also a photagrapher who worked with your dad as a team. We used to have a lot of fun on a show called T.V. Matinee. Lee also did the Good Morning show and would have special guest like Jayne Mansfield on when she was in town playing the Platation Club. Your dad was a good man who I really enjoyed working with during the early years of television.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:08 am

    • Andy Martin

      Let’s see if this reaches Jack Forehand. Jack you might remember me from the days with Sports Network and Hughes Television Network. We worked with Jack Markham. The name is Andy Martin. Drop me a note if you get this.

      May 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm

  10. Hey Jack and Daughter! Thanks for posting. I don’t have too many photos left and most are posted here. As we got older and moved from place to place, it seems the old photos “disappeared” quicker and quicker. I’m kind of sad about that now – like getting rid of your old baseball cards! I remember your name, as my dad spoke of everyone at the station, but I don’t think we ever met. I know/knew Bill Gordon, and remember names like Robin Roberts, Eddie Dick, Jack Balchum (sp?), Grady Allred and most of the news cast. I saw Lee Kinard at the mall a few years ago and had him sign his book (it had a photo of my dad in it). I mentioned I was “Buddy’s son”, but he didn’t seem too interested! Maybe just a bad day I guess. I know my dad had some negatives of Elvis when he came to GSO back in the early days. Someone he knew wanted to make some prints and took off with them and he never saw them again. He died in ’87 (heart attack), but he taught me quite a bit about photography. I think he would have enjoyed the digital age! I hope all is well with you. Thanks for posting!

    March 20, 2012 at 7:46 am

  11. lw

    This is Lee Kinard reporting: Buddy Moore and I produced documentaries on The First Battle of Manassas (1961); The Nasty Nat (polaris sub USS Nathanael Greene, 1965) and with Dave Wright :Biography of a Forecast (1959. Buddy was a WWII combat phographer whose work created the mystique of exceptionalism that identified WFMY-TV for 50 years.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    • Anonymous

      Hey Lee. My dad always had good things to say about you. In fact, your sister was my 4th grade teacher at Millis Road! I recently found a WWII photo compiler that my dad put together during his time oversees. The pics are great. I hope to post some here soon. I hope you’re doing well!

      March 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    • Hi Lee,

      I’m Michael, Buddy’s son and i also worked on the Good Morning show crew as well as the WFMY evening news with you. I have fond memories of that ans I hope you are doing well. I seem to remember that you and my dad worked on a special about North Carolina Ghost stories, which I really enjoyed. Thanks for the kind words. I know dad would have appreciated them.

      May 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

  12. Eddie Dick

    Hi, Really enjoyed finding this site and reading comments from Jack Forehand ( who hired me at WFMY in 1966, took me to lunch at Libby Hills Seafood, I was impressed) lee kinard and others. i worked at WFMY from 1966-72 and spent most of that time under the able direction of your father in the photo dept. I still have a Victrolia record player i bought out of his shop in about 1969. Bill Gordon, Robert Rogers, Grady Allred, Jack Baucom all folks I worked with in news. Woody Durham, Mark Combs, Dave Wejerek, Dave Wright, Al Harrindton, Steve Campbell, kay Miller, Joe Krebs, Kay Blickensderfer, Imogene Jones, Freddy Davis, and a bunch of others. What a great time and what fun we had. Your Dad was a great huy and was especially helpful to a young country boy like mtself. Eddie Dick

    June 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    • Hey Eddie. Thanks for the kind words! My dad only had good things to say about you (and the others). I hope you and your family are doing well!

      Thanks Mark Sent from my iPhone

      June 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    • Jack Hilliard

      I really enjoyed the WFMY-TV photographs. I worked with Buddy starting in February of 1963. I worked in production and directed many of the news programs for which Buddy shot and processed film.

      And Hello Eddie Dick. This is a voice from your past. We worked the 11 o’clock news (Nightbeat) together. Would love to hear about your world since Channel 2.

      Jack Hilliard


      August 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    • Anonymous

      My god, Eddie — where are you now? I just got off the phone with Ted Harrison. He and I plan to meet for lunch in Raleigh after the holidays for a trip down Memory Lane………..let me hear from you……

      December 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

  13. Thanks for stopping by, Mr. Hilliard. I wish I had more photos from his work at the station, but this is about it. I hope you’re doing well!

    August 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

  14. Chelly

    It was great looking at the pictures. I’m Chelly Campbell, Steve Campbell’s daughter. Dad did Nightbeat for 7 years. I just finished redoing his retirement book for his Christmas present and would love to get you all back in touch with him as part of the present. Jack and Eddie, if you’re around, please email me at chellyc@aol.com. Mark, I think I was probably one of the kids of the show at some point. And I have pictures in the album (of course, on the back, they’re labels Studio Property Only).

    October 15, 2013 at 10:18 am

  15. Hey Chelly – thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! The retirement book sounds like a fun present and I hope your dad likes it. I hope all is well with him and your family.

    October 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

  16. Hey Anonymous! Thanks for stopping in and I’m glad everyone is keeping touch with each other! I know my dad would have loved to hear from you all. But it might help Eddie if you tell him who you are! 🙂

    I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a great Holiday!

    Mark Moore

    December 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  17. Jerry Lilly

    I worked with your Dad from 1976 to 1980. Together we built the first ENG microwave for WFMY. Bill was someone that I looked to for guidance and advice early in my career, wise, soft spoken and humble. How lucky I was to have known and worked with your Dad. best regards

    September 21, 2017 at 7:46 pm

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