In Oct. 4 IssueRussell County News
"I was just laying there, looking up at the sky. I remember this face looking down on me and he said 'Daff, you all right?' I thought to myself, oh my… I've got a friend."
Wade Daffron said he'd taken a few shots growing up, but it showed him who his friends were and one of them was Joey Hoover.
As men they've been in and around the news business since they were in school.
Hoover was right there as his father reported on stories like the court house fire, long before the days of cellular phones.
"There was a phone booth on the corner and Dad used that to call in the reports to the station," Hoover recalled. "Then the Griders opened the department store and he used their phone some."
Hoover said that when he read in the Russell County News that his friend had returned to the Times Journal building after all these years he had to interview him for the family radio station, WJRS.
But the rolls reversed many times as Hoover interviewed him, then it seemed that Daffron was the one doing an interview.
"Do you ever think about how safe this building is while you're up here doing the storm reports," Wade asked.
Joey stopped, looked at his friend and said, "I just don't think about it. You leave the house and come down here and you just try not to think about how safe you are."
They laugh and Joey tells the story of how years ago the two of them ended up being the people who tackled a suspect while the deputy was calling in that they'd located the man.
Both admit that reporting the news is something that, once you've done it, you just can't seem to stop.
Joey tried to pin Wade down on how much he'll be reporting for the papers and Wade simply smiled and said, "I'll do what's needed."
Hoover isn't the only one happy at Wade's return to print.
David Davenport, long time publisher of The Times Journal and the Russell County News said, "Wade Daffron has sprinted in and out the front door of The Times Journal building so many times and so many years. Since the days of college and then on as a full time associate of the Times Journal staff, we have watched Wade's involvement and his concern of the news and reporting. Wade has always presented himself in an open manner while presenting his reporting in a totally fair and balanced position. Our association with Wade and his family has been very positive and we are so proud to see Wade again walking through the Times Journal's door."
Davenport has himself been involved in the business of reporting the news in this county since 1968.
"It is such a great pleasure to see the names of Daffron and Hoover mentioned in a story concerning the "news" of Russell County. Both names hold such meaning to the very idea of reporting happenings of this area," Davenport added.
The technologies have changed over the years, Wade points to the digital audio recorder and cameras in the room, and reflected back to the days when it was all done in the darkroom with chemicals, and no one believed that the first clunky heavy digital cameras would take over not to mention reporting from the scene on cellular phone or Blackberry.
Joey pointed to the recent updates in computer systems and weather radar at the station as a sign of the changing technological times and part of their continuing dedication to bringing important stories to the people of Russell County as they happen.
But with the good comes the bad and the men talked about the Internet bulletin boards and the unfiltered, unsubstantiated rumors that are reported there.
"A lot of people just don't know how much goes into gathering the news," Wade said. "You can't report something even if you know it there has to be someone who says it officially, you have to have paperwork in your hand."
Hoover agreed saying many is the time people ask him why something wasn't on the radio. He said it has nothing to do with who they are or any of the other theories people advance. Joey said it is simply a matter of being accurate and responsible in reporting the news.
Soon the topics roll around to more funny stories of the old days, as several hours pass and suddenly Joey jumps up, "Oh no, I've got to get the weather on."
He runs to the booth telling Wade he'll try to put this story together in a day or so and have it on the air.
"As we stated earlier", Davenport concluded, "the names Daffron and Hoover certainly go together in the reporting of news in Russell County. It is such a pleasure to see Joey Hoover remain actively involved in news reporting of this area. We have known Joey since the days he was a little boy following his Dad around while he was gathering the news. We have always held the Hoover family in high respect in reporting the news and promoting Russell County.”