Story by Chris Graham
It’s 20 years for Bob Corso at WHSV-TV3 in Harrisonburg. That wasn’t the plan when Corso came back East.
“I never really thought about how long I’d be here, but I didn’t have a plan like OK, I’m going to be in Harrisonburg two years, then I’m going to go to, you know, a midsize market and then go a major market, something like that,” Corso said.
“A lot of TV people have their plans – I shouldn’t say a lot – many people have their plans set that way. They’ll decide their career path and how they want to jump and where they want to end up. I didn’t really have a plan – I was just anxious to get back East and to get in front of the camera. So this kind of fit,” Corso said.
Corso debuted on TV3 in 1988 as the weekend news and weather anchor. Over the years, he has been the weekend sports anchor, the weather anchor, the 6 and 11 news anchor – basically Mr. Everything.
To hear Corso tell it, the variety has been the spice to his TV3 life.
“Some people could say, Oh, man, you’ve been doing the same thing for almost 20 years,” Corso said. “Well, no – it’s like almost every two years I did a new position here. I was weekend sports for a time period, I was news anchor, news reporter. I did weather. I’ve been the assignment editor. I’ve had a lot of different roles here, and it kept changing – and even the shows kept changing, so maybe I’m doing the same thing, but instead of doing daybreak and noon weather, I shifted to six and eleven weather, or that type of thing. And now I’m the 5 o’clock news – our most recent newscast, which we started a few years ago.
“So you’re doing similar things, but the roles are changing even when it’s the same thing,” Corso said.
So he’s been here 20 years now. He has a wife who teaches at James Madison University, two young children. It would seem like the plan would be to remain at TV3 as long as the station will have him.
“It’s kind of like we’re kind of settled here now. And we have two daughters – and I always felt when I was here, and I was single, I always felt, gee, this would be a great place to raise a family. It’s not necessarily a great place if you’re single, but it would be a terrific place to raise a family. Well, now I’m married, and I’m raising a family, so it’s kind of like, I’m not like, boy, can’t wait to get out of here. The Valley is a terrific place to raise a family,” Corso said.
“Not that other opportunities couldn’t present themselves, but quite frankly, we like it here, and we enjoy it here. So I can definitely say that I’m not looking to move right away,” Corso said.
Chris Graham is the executive editor of The Augusta Free Press and The New Dominion.