TV maybe Tim’s job, but it doesn’t define him as a person. It’s his interaction with people that define who is in front of the camera and behind it.
We love a “jack of all trades” at HDreps. That ability to step into any situation in front of any camera and make magic is what we look for in talent. It’s a spark. You can’t teach it, you can’t coach your way to it, it’s either there or it’s not. And while at first glance you might think Tim Doty is another good looking Midwesterner, take a better look. His physicality, his strength, his warmth and his energy work in unison to give you that spark we all look for in talent.
He didn't start out with a dream to be on the news, no, his dream was to be a pro hockey player or a race car driver. But, since his skills in those areas were lacking to say the least, he needed a new career path one that took those innate unconscious qualities and applied them to a career that was a natural choice, TV. That said, he can't say that he dreamt of a career in TV (he took a TV production class in high school and hated it!), He was a shy kid, but something subliminal must have clicked. He overcame shyness and learned that he could make people laugh, keep them entertained, get those people who teased him to pay attention just by being himself.
Sports was the first job - isn't it for most? He did that for more than a decade at stations in Michigan. As always seems to happen in this business, sports morphed into something else. Features at first, and then into news. I think these moves made him well-rounded and taught him that no matter the subject matter, be it beer league bowling or an interview with an award winning artist, one thing remains…the story.
Most in TV can talk, but not many can listen, and that is the key in my opinion. You have to listen to people and find out what makes them tick, what they think, and what is important to them. If you just wait for your chance to speak up, you're going to miss some great stuff that can take a story in a whole new direction.
It's definitely been a long trip in TV for him over the past years, and it's as much a thrill being in front of the camera today as it was way back in tiny Alpena, MI in 1994. As Tim says, “sometimes I know the background beforehand, but the stories that are the most fun to me are the ones where I learn right along with the viewer. Who wants to watch the arrogant TV anchor who speaks down to you and tells you how great he is? Not me, and I certainly don't want to be that guy! Being able to present the tough news in a compassionate way, and always finding something, anything, to bring a laugh or a smile to people's faces, and that's one of the things that I'm most proud of, that I have lasted this long, and gotten where I've gotten by being Tim Doty, not some clichéd "News Guy". I've found that talking with (and listening to) people gets you a lot farther than talking to them. I love the adrenaline rush that comes from being live on TV, I love learning new things every day and try my best to take a story that could be boring and turning it into it something that interests the viewer at home. Could I live without that rush? Oh yeah, but I hope I don't have to!”