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Dave Hall: My 10 years at FOX5

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

I first walked into the FOX5 building back on July 5, 2001.

The newsroom was cramped, the set was hideous and the equipment was dated.

I was thinking to myself, "I really need to fire my agent."

I moved here after working at a TV station in Reno for five years and was hired as a promotions writer, which was funny since I'd never written a promo in my life.

The first few weeks were rough. I hated the job, hated the city and hated my daily commute.

FOX5 has a way of growing on you though, there was a real sense of camaraderie and pride in what we were trying to do.

Before long I became friends with some old FOX5ers like John Overall, Dan Burns and Darren Peck.

And two FOX5ers who I proudly call my co-anchors today, Heidi Hayes and Ted Pretty.

Thankfully my career as a promotions writer was a brief one, I was promoted to sports anchor shortly after arriving at FOX5.

My five-year sports broadcasting career in Las Vegas (2001-2006) can be summed up with one word: unfulfilling.

No major pro sports team to cover, nothing's changed there.

The UNLV football team was terrible, nothing's changed there.

The UNLV basketball team was mediocre, an NIT team at best.

High school sports is something I've always enjoyed, but lacked community enthusiasm.

The UFC was still considered a fringe sport.

Boxing was the one carrot that kept me going, I've never felt more energy and electricity for a sporting event than I have at a big boxing match.

Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. all delivered many goose bump moments for me and the 15,000 screaming boxing fans who attended their fights.

In the summer of 2006 my boss called me into his office with an idea, which was an instant red flag for me.

Are they canning me? Shipping me out to some tiny market in Montana?   

He had something far worse in mind: our morning newscast.

Waking up at 2 a.m.? No thanks.

Going to bed at 7 p.m.? No thanks.

Working with Heidi Hayes and Ted Pretty? No way!

I crossed my fingers and reluctantly agreed.

Five years later I can look back and definitively say it was the smartest decision I could have made.

It wasn't easy dropping my ball and stick mentality and focusing on news stories like crime, state budgets and Justin Bieber.

Here's where I have to give praise to my co-anchor Heidi Hayes, she has been a great mentor and teacher along the way (not sure if that's a complement to her).

My 10 years here at FOX5 have been quite a ride, from interviewing Shaq, Kobe and Jerry Tarkanian to sitting down with Mitt Romney, Miss USA and Mel Gibson.

These 10 years have seen the birth of a new career and the birth of my daughter.

They've been the best 10 years of my life... thanks for sharing them with me.

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