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WDAM alum, David Sheffield, returns for a visit

WDAM alum, David Sheffield, returns for a visit

Every newsroom is filled with personalities, but none have come through like that of David Sheffield.

"I started at WDAM in 1969. I was not yet 21, and believe it or not, I weighed about 145 pounds," said Sheffield. "I kind of talked like this.  I would get on the news and say, ‘President Nixon is going to China, for some reason, and I'm not really sure why'. I was not a great anchorman."

He'll be the first to admit that his on air time was short.

"I spent only about a year--year and a half--in the news. Then, I shifted over to production because I just wasn't a very good news man.  I was a lot better at making things up," Sheffield said.

After taking a shot at Los Angeles, he went to San Francisco, but those places didn't work out, so he moved back to Mississippi.  A friend was auditioning for Saturday Night Live, and Sheffield wrote his sketches.  The producer liked them, and a few weeks later, he was on the team.

"I stayed in Ocean Springs and wrote sketches for SNL for six weeks before they finally gave me a call and told me to come up for an interview," said Sheffield.

But the comedy started before it was "Live in New York." Sheffield says he and another reporter sometimes made light of the Pine Belt's News of the Day.

"Ed was always a real conservative, and I was a flaming liberal, and we used to write phony news stories back and forth all the time and stick them on each others' desks, Sheffield said.

The man behind the magic at SNL said the favorite of his sketches was "James Brown's Celebrity Hot Tub," and his favorite movie, Coming to America.

Sheffield still travels to LA, but he's settled down in Rural Mississippi, back to where it all began.

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