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Email: d***@***.com
WCMH
3165 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202
United States

 
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Employment History

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Doug Adair |Cleveland Seniors Profile
www.clevelandseniors.com, 28 Jan 2008 [cached]
Doug Adair
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When you think back about Cleveland news reporters it's hard not to remember Doug Adair.It's also hard to believe that he left Cleveland over 20 years ago (1983) to go to Channel 4 in Columbus.
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Clevelanders will always remember the team of Doug Adair and Mona Scott.
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Doug Adair at the anchor desk
Doug grew up in Xenia, Ohio where country fairs were a very large, important part of daily living - socially as well as economically.It was there that he began his love of horses and harness racing.
Doug owns horses, including one of the fastest three year olds in Ohio.He recently had his horse, Meadoland Carter compete - and win - in the Battle of Ohio at Northfield Park.
Doug Adair and his winning horse
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Doug Adair and his winning horse
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Doug started out as a staff announcer then auditioned for the news desk.He began with City Camera, the very first Cleveland news show.Prior to that, everything was national news.
They took Polaroid pictures and held them up to the camera.When Doug started his career in Dayton, Ohio he had a wooden teleprompter with butcher paper that was manually rolled from one side to the next.
When he came to Cleveland he brought it with him and taught Bob Neal how to use it. (Bob Neal and Jimmy Dudley were on air partners).Neal and Adair went on to become great friends.
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Doug was doing City Camera for Channel 8 when they asked him to do an ecumenical program called Moral View.
...
Adair is not happy to see news slanted in this way and feels it results in people mistrusting the news they hear on other stations.He is even less happy with the "in your face" news that allows people to do whatever they want or can to make someone look bad and get higher ratings."That is not journalism.It's just not."
Doug Adair with dean of sports Jimmy Crum
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Doug Adair with legendary
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Doug has 3 children from his first marriage.Although they all went onto different colleges and career paths, they are all graduates of Brecksville High School.
Doug has fond memories of his time in Cleveland - he lived in the area over 25 years.
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Doug Adair with daughter Lynn on cover of Cleveland Magazine February 1982
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Doug Adair with daughter Lynn on cover of Cleveland Magazine February 1982
He recalls how he and Lou "the Toe" Groza would kick off every Salvation Army drive at East 9th and Euclid Avenue.Doug would hold the football and Lou Groza would kick it over the Bond Clothing Store sign.
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Another notable name Doug became familiar with was "Fast Eddie Watkins", often referred to as "the last of the great bank robbers of the Depression era."Watkins wrote Doug a letter from prison that resulted in the police questioning him about its contents.Watkins wrote often and Doug always responded.
Watkins told Doug he always found him (Doug) to be fair and respectful.
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Adair proudly displays it in his home. (see the painting)
Doug remembers the old days at Cleveland Municipal Stadium where "it seemed like Mayor Ralph Locher and I were the only ones that would be at the Indians games.We didn't actually go together but we would see each other because the crowd was so sparse."In fact he remembers taking his 9 year old son to a game once.He caught two foul balls because there was no one else there to chase after them.
He's still an avid Indians, Browns and Cavs fan and "always will be."
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Doug had been unmarried for many years when friends fixed them up on a blind date.
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Doug thinks of Cleveland as his career since he spent so many years here.When he went to Columbus it was near the end of his career and he only stayed for 12 years.When it ended he was managing editor of WCMH.
When he moved to Columbus, Doug remembers everyone asking him to compare the two cities.He told them about the efforts and great results of Cleveland lighting up the Terminal Tower and Public Square and hoped to accomplish something similar in Columbus.
Columbus has LeVeque Tower and he wanted desperately to see it lit up.The News Director gave him the okay and Doug contacted the people at GE here in Cleveland.They decided the best approach was to flood light the building.The big lighting was scheduled for the 4th of July for the Red White and Boom!Celebration.The city wanted them to do it live and they agreed.
Doug and Catherine LeVeque rode in on a boat to light up the city.
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Other business started lighting up their businesses and inviting Doug to come and throw the switch and he did.
After many attempts and a few years, the Columbus skyline and LeVeque Tower were indeed lit up and continue to be to this day.This accomplishment was recognized by then Governor George Voinovich when Adair retired.
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The Red White and Boom celebration this year will be the 25th anniversary and Doug has been invited to join the celebration because of his contribution.
When Doug went to Columbus the newscast was in last place in the ratings.When he left, and for a long time before, they were in first place."I think that was because so many people in Columbus new me and where comfortable with me from Cleveland."
Doug finds a similar situation when in Florida.People there recognize his name, to such an extent that he was recruited for a job there, but had no desire to go.He does maintain a winter home in Venice Florida which he loves.
Since his retirement in 1994 at age 65 he has been very active.He is involved in hosting a charitable event at Little Brown Jug Harness Racing in Delaware, Ohio.
There is not one thing Doug would have done different "I am 100% in love with what I did."
Doug Adair with president George Bush
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Doug Adair with the first
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The story of Doug Adair could go on for page after page with his awards and honors.Professionally he was honored both in Cleveland and Columbus for Ohio's Best Television Newscasts.
He was also honored as the state of Ohio's Best TV News Writer.He is in the Broadcasters Hall of Fame and is the proud recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Doug Adair with Robert Kennedy RFK the day after Martin Luther King was assasinated
...
Doug Adair with Bobby "RFK" Kennedy the day after Martin Luther King was assassinated
...
Although Adair and Daly were preceded by Huntley and Brinkley, they actually reported from different cities.
...
Doug investigated Hawthornden State Mental Hospital in 1982 - and investigation that ultimately resulted in grand jury indictments and changes in care given to Ohio's mentally ill.He was recognized by Cleveland City Council for his work on that report.
His newscasts reached so many people that when he used it to support the Big Brother program in Greater Cleveland they found 800 new big brothers in one week!
Doug Adair with Mona's daughter Laura and daughter Lynn
...
Doug Adair with Mona Scott's daughter Laura and daughter LynnDoug served as an officer in the Air Force during the Korean War and used his position to do whatever he could for veterans.
In 1994 when Doug retired he was Ohio's longest serving television anchor with over 40 years on the air.
Among Doug's favorite "perks" of his life in television was the travel.He led fundraising cruises and tours for the American Cancer Society all around the world.He led a number of tours for other charitable causes as well.
"Some of the people I met on these cruises became my close, dear friends".Doug took a couple of cruises "just for the fun of it, but [I] missed that role.I wanted to make sure everyone was having a good time."
He travels to Disney World with his children and "even at my age they make me ride the roller coasters."
Doug Adair with wife Jean at Northfield
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Jean and Doug Adair flanked by grandaughter Jill, daughter-in-law Jeanny, son Tim and grandson Jamie
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Doug Adair in June 2005
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Doug Adair in June 2005
Doug hopes his future
Doug Adair |Cleveland Seniors Profile
www.clevelandmen.com, 3 Feb 2006 [cached]
Doug Adair
...
When you think back about Cleveland news reporters it's hard not to remember Doug Adair. It's also hard to believe that he left Cleveland over 20 years ago (1983) to go to Channel 4 in Columbus.
...
Clevelanders will always remember the team of Doug Adair and Mona Scott.
...
Doug Adair at the anchor desk Doug grew up in Xenia, Ohio where country fairs were a very large, important part of daily living - socially as well as economically. It was there that he began his love of horses and harness racing.
Doug owns horses, including one of the fastest three year olds in Ohio. He recently had his horse, Meadoland Carter compete - and win - in the Battle of Ohio at Northfield Park.
Doug Adair and his winning horse
...
Doug Adair and his winning horse
...
Doug Adair's winning horse
Doug started out as a staff announcer then auditioned for the news desk. He began with City Camera, the very first Cleveland news show. Prior to that, everything was national news.
They took Polaroid pictures and held them up to the camera. When Doug started his career in Dayton, Ohio he had a wooden teleprompter with butcher paper that was manually rolled from one side to the next.
When he came to Cleveland he brought it with him and taught Bob Neal how to use it. (Bob Neal and Jimmy Dudley were on air partners). Neal and Adair went on to become great friends.
...
Doug was doing City Camera for Channel 8 when they asked him to do an ecumenical program called Moral View.
...
Adair is not happy to see news slanted in this way and feels it results in people mistrusting the news they hear on other stations. He is even less happy with the "in your face" news that allows people to do whatever they want or can to make someone look bad and get higher ratings. "That is not journalism. It's just not."
Doug Adair with dean of sports Jimmy Crum
...
Doug Adair with legendary
...
Doug has 3 children from his first marriage. Although they all went onto different colleges and career paths, they are all graduates of Brecksville High School.
Doug has fond memories of his time in Cleveland - he lived in the area over 25 years.
...
Doug Adair with daughter Lynn on cover of Cleveland Magazine February 1982
...
Doug Adair with daughter Lynn on cover of Cleveland Magazine February 1982 He recalls how he and Lou "the Toe" Groza would kick off every Salvation Army drive at East 9th and Euclid Avenue. Doug would hold the football and Lou Groza would kick it over the Bond Clothing Store sign.
...
Another notable name Doug became familiar with was "Fast Eddie Watkins", often referred to as "the last of the great bank robbers of the Depression era. Watkins wrote Doug a letter from prison that resulted in the police questioning him about its contents. Watkins wrote often and Doug always responded.
Watkins told Doug he always found him (Doug) to be fair and respectful.
...
Adair proudly displays it in his home. (see the painting)
Doug remembers the old days at Cleveland Municipal Stadium where "it seemed like Mayor Ralph Locher and I were the only ones that would be at the Indians games.
...
Doug had been unmarried for many years when friends fixed them up on a blind date.
...
Doug thinks of Cleveland as his career since he spent so many years here. When he went to Columbus it was near the end of his career and he only stayed for 12 years. When it ended he was managing editor of WCMH.
When he moved to Columbus, Doug remembers everyone asking him to compare the two cities. He told them about the efforts and great results of Cleveland lighting up the Terminal Tower and Public Square and hoped to accomplish something similar in Columbus.
Columbus has LeVeque Tower and he wanted desperately to see it lit up. The News Director gave him the okay and Doug contacted the people at GE here in Cleveland. They decided the best approach was to flood light the building. The big lighting was scheduled for the 4th of July for the Red White and Boom! Celebration. The city wanted them to do it live and they agreed.
Doug and Catherine LeVeque rode in on a boat to light up the city.
...
Other business started lighting up their businesses and inviting Doug to come and throw the switch and he did.
After many attempts and a few years, the Columbus skyline and LeVeque Tower were indeed lit up and continue to be to this day. This accomplishment was recognized by then Governor George Voinovich when Adair retired.
...
The Red White and Boom celebration this year will be the 25th anniversary and Doug has been invited to join the celebration because of his contribution.
When Doug went to Columbus the newscast was in last place in the ratings. When he left, and for a long time before, they were in first place. "I think that was because so many people in Columbus new me and where comfortable with me from Cleveland."
Doug finds a similar situation when in Florida. People there recognize his name, to such an extent that he was recruited for a job there, but had no desire to go. He does maintain a winter home in Venice Florida which he loves.
Since his retirement in 1994 at age 65 he has been very active. He is involved in hosting a charitable event at Little Brown Jug Harness Racing in Delaware, Ohio.
There is not one thing Doug would have done different "I am 100% in love with what I did."
Doug Adair with president George Bush
...
Doug Adair with the first
...
The story of Doug Adair could go on for page after page with his awards and honors. Professionally he was honored both in Cleveland and Columbus for Ohio's Best Television Newscasts.
He was also honored as the state of Ohio's Best TV News Writer. He is in the Broadcasters Hall of Fame and is the proud recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Doug Adair with Robert Kennedy RFK the day after Martin Luther King was assasinated
...
Doug Adair with Bobby "RFK" Kennedy the day after Martin Luther King was assassinated
...
Although Adair and Daly were preceded by Huntley and Brinkley, they actually reported from different cities.
...
Doug investigated Hawthornden State Mental Hospital in 1982 - and investigation that ultimately resulted in grand jury indictments and changes in care given to Ohio's mentally ill. He was recognized by Cleveland City Council for his work on that report.
His newscasts reached so many people that when he used it to support the Big Brother program in Greater Cleveland they found 800 new big brothers in one week!
Doug Adair with Mona's daughter Laura and daughter Lynn
...
Doug Adair with Mona Scott's daughter Laura and daughter Lynn
...
Doug served as an officer in the Air Force during the Korean War and used his position to do whatever he could for veterans.
In 1994 when Doug retired he was Ohio's longest serving television anchor with over 40 years on the air.
Among Doug's favorite "perks" of his life in television was the travel. He led fundraising cruises and tours for the American Cancer Society all around the world. He led a number of tours for other charitable causes as well.
"Some of the people I met on these cruises became my close, dear friends". Doug took a couple of cruises "just for the fun of it, but [I] missed that role. I wanted to make sure everyone was having a good time."
He travels to Disney World with his children and "even at my age they make me ride the roller coasters."
Doug Adair with wife Jean at Northfield
...
Jean and Doug Adair flanked by grandaughter Jill, daughter-in-law Jeanny, son Tim and grandson Jamie
...
Doug Adair in June 2005
...
Doug Adair in June 2005 Doug hopes his future is pretty much the same as now. Surrounded by family and friends he loves and the good health to enjoy it. His children are now thinking of retiring and he and Jean may move to be near them.
He works out a lot to maintain his good health. He swims, walks and
Ralph Tarsitano | Collinwood TV Photographer | Cleveland Seniors Profile
www.clevelandmen.com, 3 Feb 2006 [cached]
Along with Ralph the team also had the stations assistant manager, as well as Franz the Toymaker (who played in his outfit), Dick Goddard, Chuck Schodowski, Doug Adair and other on and off air personalities.
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Doug Adair was also the star of their Basketball team; a talent he picked up when playing for Xenia.
Cleveland News Crew - Doug Adair and Ross
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