End of an era, WDAM live truck retired - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

End of an era, WDAM live truck retired

MOSELLE, MS (WDAM) -

After 19 years of service at WDAM, the 1993 Ford Econoline Van known as the live truck and in recent years called some not so nice things, is headed off to greener pastures.

She came to the station in 1995 and has served well in that time. In recent years as age crept on her she began to falter through no fault of her own. Now she is just a shell of her once proud self, but she has earned the right to hold her mast up high.

"There's one engineer that I wish were here today, said Wil Nunnery, morning producer. "Jim Wilkinson would be very sad to see the old live truck go as many years as he spent on it.

"In 2004, 2005 we covered a bunch of hurricanes and she looked at me one day and said come in, stay dry," said Nick Ortego, news director.

"One time she held me up when I was on assignment. She lifted me up on top during a hostage situation and we were able to see a great distance down the road," said Ryan Moore, reporter.

"1993, I was only three years old so I never really got a chance to know her," said Bailey Maloney, reporter.

"Back in 2005 after Katrina we did so many life shots many times a day. That was one of my first memories," said Mon Musiett, reporter.

"You wouldn't believe what we have been through together, hurricanes, snow storms, ice storms, tornadoes, the whole thing. Without her I don't  know what I'm going to do," said Rex Thompson weather.

I've had the pleasure of working with her for nine years, four as the primary operator. She has given me fits at times, but for the most time she has been there when I needed her most. So as she begins her journey to her new life in retirement, I know I can speak for everyone when I say goodbye, job well done.

WDAM will soon have a brand new live truck. It is currently being made operationally ready and should arrive in a few weeks.

Copyright 2014 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Jackson Co. man charged with child's death appears in court

    Jackson Co. man charged with child's death appears in court

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:00 PM EST2018-02-22 18:00:32 GMT
    A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, is charged with capital murder.  (Photo source: WLOX)A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, is charged with capital murder. (Photo source: WLOX)
    A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, is charged with capital murder.  (Photo source: WLOX)A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, is charged with capital murder. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, was charged with capital murder Thursday after Tanner Cowart died at USA Medical Center in Mobile.

    More >>

    A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, was charged with capital murder Thursday after Tanner Cowart died at USA Medical Center in Mobile.

    More >>
  • Stone Middle School student charged with cyberstalking

    Stone Middle School student charged with cyberstalking

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:17 AM EST2018-02-22 16:17:12 GMT

    A 15-year-old student at Stone Middle School will be charged with cyberstalking in connection with a threat on social media. And the district attorney is considering whether to charge him as an adult. 

    More >>

    A 15-year-old student at Stone Middle School will be charged with cyberstalking in connection with a threat on social media. And the district attorney is considering whether to charge him as an adult. 

    More >>
  • Hancock County officials investigating middle school threat

    Hancock County officials investigating middle school threat

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:16 AM EST2018-02-22 16:16:03 GMT
    School leaders in Hancock County say they've identified the student who made the threat, taken the child into custody for questioning and say no weapon was ever found.  (Photo source: WLOX)School leaders in Hancock County say they've identified the student who made the threat, taken the child into custody for questioning and say no weapon was ever found.  (Photo source: WLOX)

    School leaders in Hancock County are investigating a threat of a school shooting at Hancock Middle School. So far they've identified the student who made the threat, taken the child into custody for questioning and say no weapon was ever found. 

    More >>

    School leaders in Hancock County are investigating a threat of a school shooting at Hancock Middle School. So far they've identified the student who made the threat, taken the child into custody for questioning and say no weapon was ever found. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly