So I have seen Las Vegas.
And Las Vegas has seen me.
The Las Vegas strip is an interesting place but not one that I need to rush back to anytime soon, which may explain why it took me all these years to get to LAS. As I’m not much of a gambler or drinker…the strip doesn’t hold much interest for me and this time around, I didn’t have time to see any shows because of business commitments.
But what I held out hope for on this trip actually came true in that I got to visit with my friends and voice-over cohorts Dave Courvoisier and Dustin Ebaugh…and their lovely brides. My hope was we’d get off the strip and see some of the less touristy places in LAS and we did!
Obviously we talked about voice-over and Dave and Dustin’s work on WOVO and had a marvelous time talking about a ton of other stuff.
But here I want to make an observation that struck me for many reasons: one, it’s something I took for granted just because I knew about it; two because I’ve seen video of it and it seemed so easy and seamless that I, again, kind of ignored the greatness; three, because I was more focused on this individual’s very fine voice-over work.
The observation is this: Dave Courvoisier is an outstanding television news anchorman. Watching him work live on my TV in Vegas – seeing his promos, he’s fantastic. I know a lot of anchor people, including some in major markets. I know well that there is a lot of mediocrity in the local TV news landscape. That is NOT Dave. He is an outstanding communicator and that is not easy but it’s a critical television news skill. None of this diminishes his voice-over work and in fact, probably gives him an unfair advantage.
And Dustin, well Dustin is just plain sexy but that’s as much as I can say cause, you know, what happens in Vegas…
Seriously, these two families have very busy schedules and I was so lucky that they were both able to come out and show me that there is much more to the city and people of Las Vegas than the strip. Thank you seems like a kind of lame recognition but I mean it with all sincerity.