One recent story was about a young man from Childersburg who is doing the same thing — spreading the news — in his new job on the air on WTVC in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Greg Funderburg was inspired by a talk given by another broadcaster from our area, Fran Curry, when she spoke at his high school.
Though he didn’t get a lot of encouragement to pursue his dream of becoming on-air talent, he persevered in pursuit of his dream.
Jimmy Dale Abrams of Sylacauga helped him get his feet wet in the broadcasting business, and Funderburg was hooked. He earned a degree in communications at the University of Montevallo. He found work as a reporter at a station in Columbus, Ga., and worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor in Greenville, S.C. before landing a job as co-anchor of “Good Morning Chattanooga” and as a reporter on the station’s news team.
We applaud Funderburg for following his dreams and finding his place in the career of his choosing.
He’s the latest from our area to find their place in front of a television camera or behind a microphone. Others include Gary Dobbs, also from Childersburg, who found his place at a Huntsville station and gained attention broadcasting live as a tornado approached his home; Curry, from Talladega, became like a family member to thousands in central Alabama during her years with Birmingham’s channel 13; Richard Jacks, also from Talladega, also became a fixture at the station with his weather reports; and Rachel Baribeau from Pell City found her niche in sports broadcasting.
We hope other young people will find inspiration from their stories to dream a dream and make it happen. If you don’t have a dream, how can you make a dream come true?
We wish Funderburg all the best in his on-air career.