News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 7, 2010
AUGUSTA---Sunday, Augusta National will honor a golfer with a green jacket. Today, members handed out another award--for people who bring the Masters to you. This year, a News 12 legend was one of those people.
You may not see him, but you've seen his work year after year. Now, Charles Moody isn't just part of the News 12 family; he's part of the Augusta National family.
For more than four decades, Charles Moody has watched golfing legends speak to the press from a podium at the Augusta National. He never thought he'd be the one behind it.
"Well, it's not a green jacket, but this will do," he joked.
Charles received a Masters Major Achievement Award. To be eligible, you h ave to cover the Masters for at least 40 years. Charles has logged even more years than that.
"There are no words to express how I feel right now," he said. "It's just a great occasion."
And on this occasion, with his family watching, Charles became a part of the story he's covered for so many years.
"It's so exciting," Charles wife Barbara said, "because he gets the book of the recap of the Tournament every year, and now his picture's going to be in the book."
The award isn't a complete surprise today, but it sure was in January, when Charles got the letter in the mail.
"I got cold chills," he said. "Right now, I'm thinking about it, and my arm's tingling. I mean...you get something from Billy Payne saying 'Dear Charles', and I'm thinking, 'What have I done?'"
He laughed at this, but what he's done is cover the Masters for 47 years. His daughter made him a shadow box showcasing his credentials from all of those years.
We caught up with Charles before the Masters madness, in the News 12 studios where his career began. Of course, he set up his own shot and lighting.
"It's been a good thing working here, because it's given me the opportunity to work that many years out there," he said.
In the 60's, he was the man behind the News 12 camera when hardly any cameras were out there at all.
"The broadcast came later on, in the mid 70's," Charles said. "It started picking up, and then, the world came."
Charles had a large part in bringing the Masters to the world. He worked for News 12, but he also worked for CBS, running a camera in the famed Butler Cabin.
"I worked on the 18th tower one year with Chris Schenkel. He was the Jim Nantz back then, and that was a lot of fun."
Decades later, he's still having fun, and he's not sure when the fun will end.
"I don't know how much longer," he said. "I'm kind of getting long in the tooth and can't carry all the equipment like I used to, but you never know. Maybe another year."
IF it's another year, or another five years, this year will always mean a lot to him.
"This award that the Augusta National is presenting to me today is the highlight, the highlight, of my broadcasting career," Charles said.
It's been strange covering the Masters today, because normally Charles is behind the camera. Not tonight. After years and years of work, he was out there playing, enjoying the course with his family.
In classic Augusta National style, the award itself is special too. The plaque is carved out of a tree that was cut down on the course. It's a work of art, and it's also a part of the golf course--just like Charles.