Celebrating 50 Years at WRDW-TV

News 12 at 6 O'Clock, December 3, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The year was 1957. Eisenhower was President. America was in a space race with the Soviets. Teenagers named Lennon and McCartney were just getting acquainted in Liverpool. And a young man in Augusta was just beginning his career in local television.

That man is Charles Moody, and the station is WRDW-TV, "Augusta's Tall 12" as it was known back then. Charles remembers being star-struck pretty early in his career.

"Well, the first thing that impressed me the second or third day- there's Bing Crosby doing a radio show in our studio, from Augusta of all places- and here I am, 20 years old."

We found some old black and white pictures of the studio crew from back then. You can see Charles in the middle, leaning on the camera. The man seated in the middle is Jim Davis who used to anchor the news here.

"Only 50 years?" Jim asked. "Hard to believe it's not 75 or 100. But we're still pretty young looking."

50 years in television and all of it at the same station. That's something worth celebrating. The News 12 family turned out to honor Charlie Moody for a half century of service. That includes a proclamation from Mayor Deke Copenhaver. He named December 3, 2007 Charlie Moody day in Augusta.

Fifty years is a long time in any profession--but just think of the changes Charles Moody has seen. From black and white to color to high definition.

When Charles started working here, all of our programs were done live.

"We did not have videotape," Charles said. "Everything was live in the studio."

That includes the commercials.

"Jim Davis used to do commercials in front of a jewelry set, Lee Sheridan used to do chinchilla commercials--with live chinchillas. So, we did everything."

And so it's only fitting that instead of a gold watch, the station's general manager, John Ray, gave Charlie a very old Polaroid camera. Probably one of the very ones Charles used to use at the station. He also got a very new flat screen TV to take home with him.

And there's one thing more: when Charlie comes back to work in the morning, he'll be walking into the same old studio, but with a brand new name. The sign above the door now reads "The Charles Moody Studio."

Charlie Moody is the kind of pro you hope you get to work with at least once in every career. How lucky we are that he decided to spend his whole career here with us.

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  • by CHARLES KIMBROUGH Location: SYLVANIA on Sep 10, 2008 at 10:57 AM
    Charlie Moody gave me my first job in tv in 1979. I was just a fresh college grad, but he gave me a chance. I feel honored to have worked with him. God bless you, Charlie.
  • by Marlene Location: Clarksburg, MA on Apr 18, 2008 at 01:24 PM
    I was born and raised in Augusta, GA and remember very well watching Channel 12. I was born in 1953 so I was 4 years old when Mr. Moody came on the scene in 1957. I remember Jim Davis and Lee Sheridan and it is great to hear their names mentioned again, it brings back a lot of memories. I don't remember Mr. Moody(sorry) I guess because he was behind the camera! I was on a birthday party show on Channel 12 in the late 1950's or early 60's. I can't remember the name of the show but it had puppets (Beanie & Cecil??) I don't know. Maybe Mr. Moody would remember, it was some guy that was a captain or something like that. Anyway, we moved out of the Augusta area in 2001 and I am ready to come back home. I miss you all, especially Bob Smith, he's always been my favorite weatherman! God bless! And if you remember the name of that kid's show please e-mail me! It would bring back great memories! And congratulations Mr. Moody! Even if I didn't see you, you did great behind the scene job!
  • by Kug Location: Augusta on Mar 28, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    Congrats Mr. Moody. I bet you can't remember the day I told you about the job opening at WRDW and got you an interview for it. You got the job ans Sound Man and back in those days that was a pie job...only kidding. No Charles, I'm bvery happy you stuck around for 50 years. We did have some ggod times back in the 50's at the station. Rio, Danny,you and don't forget Nick L.our DIRECTOR. Remember the puppet show that we did, the wrestling on Wed. night. I could go on and on but again I'm glad you stuck around.
  • by Bonita Jenkins Location: Martinez, GA on Dec 9, 2007 at 02:29 PM
    Mr. Moody all the years I worked with you...you were my inspiration to keep on keeping on. Congratulations to you and best wishes to your family!
  • by Mike Location: Augusta on Dec 6, 2007 at 07:35 AM
    It was a wonderful celebration on Monday, with a wonderful tribute for a wonderful man! Papa, you absolutely deserved all of it and more! God has blessed us all with you in our lives.
  • by Meredith Location: The Charles Moody Studio on Dec 4, 2007 at 05:58 PM
    It is an honor to spend each and every morning with you. Love you!
  • by ARC grad Location: Augusta on Dec 4, 2007 at 02:33 PM
    Did he not tell everyone how he and Pat Dye led ARC to a state football championship? A modest man of many talents.
  • by Kate Location: WRDW on Dec 4, 2007 at 10:30 AM
    Congratulations, Mr. Moody. We love you.
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