Wednesday, November 27, 2013

David Hall, KMBC Channel 9 anchor and reporter, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

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Name
: David Hall

Occupation: Anchor and reporter, KMBC Channel 9

Hometown: I was born in Hampton Roads, Virginia, but for me, home is where my family is from, and that's Latin America.

Current neighborhood: The Plaza

What I do (in 140 characters): I am a TV broadcaster/journalist. I anchor the news Friday and Saturday evenings on KMBC and KCWE and report during the week.

What's your addiction? I love traveling to different countries. I enjoy listening to good music. I love playing sports, and I enjoy watching the NBA, soccer games, football games, classic boxing matches, documentaries, movies with great story lines and good acting, and Animal Planet. I also love watching the news.

What's your game? My game is really any- and everything. I play soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, football, dominoes, Jenga, kickball, baseball, and I run and swim. I love to compete.

What's your drink? I honestly drink a lot of water daily. I have never really had coffee, and I rarely drink tea or soda. Water is the source of everything.

Where's dinner? I can cook, so dinner is usually whatever I am cooking. I do like to check out the restaurant scene from time to time. And when it is time to choose a restaurant, I am not picky. I love trying food from different countries.

What's on your KC postcard? The Plaza, all of the great people I have met here, and any of the spots where I get my frozen yogurt.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right ... " With all of the great people I have met in this community.

"Kansas City needs ... " A professional basketball team. I would go to every game! I also wish there was a beach nearby.

"In five years ... " I hope to be married to an amazing woman and to continue doing well in my career.

"I'm always ... " Laughing and smiling. I truly enjoy life. I love stand-up comedy.

"I've been known to binge-watch ... " NBA games, World Cup soccer matches, documentaries and most things history-related.

"I can't stop listening to ... " Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Justin Timberlake, Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66, James Brown, and the Beatles. I collect records, and I have a large music collection. I love listening to music from the 1950s to the '70s because of the message in many of the songs and the way the music sounds. I grew up playing the piano and trumpet, so I enjoy the sound of real instruments.

"I read ... " A lot of books and articles on history and people who have impacted history.  

The best advice I ever got: "Take some time to smell the roses," "Show compassion to everyone," and "You miss 100 percent of the shots that you don't take." I usually seek out my family or mentors for advice.

My sidekick: My phone

My dating triumph/tragedy: I have no real tragic stories. My first real girlfriend came along in college. I call it my first because I had a girlfriend in second grade, but that doesn't count. During the time between second grade and college, I was busy with school and other activities and never had time for a relationship.  

My brush with fame: I have never really been starstruck with anybody. Because I'm on TV, I get to meet a lot of people. So I guess the main thing is that I try to treat people with respect. I will say, I would love to meet Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali, just to name a few celebrities. I wish I could've met Bruce Lee and Frank Sinatra.

My 140-character soapbox: I just work and try to enjoy life. If you have any news-story ideas, let me know on Twitter @DavidHallKMBC, or on Facebook, David Halltvnews.

What was the last thing you had to apologize for? I don't remember the last thing; however, I remember the funniest thing I said sorry for. When I was 8 years old, I was throwing a ball around with my friend, and I threw the ball accidentally through his garage-door window.

My recent triumph: I learned how to surf in Brazil. That was fun, and I got up close and personal with a glacier in Alaska.

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