Last year, CBS “The Early Show” weather anchor Dave Price was sent on a special assignment: Go to Santa Monica, Calif., take $50, and make your way back to “The Early Show” studio in a week. And Price is doing it again, only this time you can choose where he starts. Then, next Thursday, the CBS weather guy hits the road.
TVNewser spoke with Price about the trip including what happens when he runs out of money. (Hint: he sleeps near a Las Vegas hotel swimming pool after blowing his cash in the casino). But we began by talking about his recent life change:
TVNewser: You got married this Summer, what does your wife think of you leaving soon?
Dave Price: In all the time I’ve know my wife and dated my wife Jackelyn, I’ve been on the road. I’ve been on the road what seems like half the time, 30% of the time, all over the country. But Jackelyn is really busy herself. She’s a partner in a real estate consulting firm. So she’s here, there and everywhere. The concerning thing is if she starts tweeting me and telling me to take my time getting across the country. But other than that, she’s been really supportive. I love being married, but it’s a challenge to just get married, and then be on the road like this.
TVNewser: What city are you excited about this year?
Dave Price: Last year, what we decided was “The Early Show” was going to drop me in Sana Monica, Calif., and I would have seven days to find my way home with nothing but $50, a backpack full of gear (computers blackberries, etc…), and I needed to figure out a way to get back to the corner of 59th and 5th avenue in seven days by earning an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work and using social media to garner favors in order to weave my way back home. This year, the difference is that our viewers are deciding where I start. So it could be anywhere from the San Diego Zoo to San Francisco to Newport, Oregon to Seattle, Washington, all the way out to Anchorage, Alaska. All of them provide their own unique challenges. I’m afraid of getting excited about one place or another, because I don’t know where I’m going to wind up.
TVNewser: Do you do anything to prepare for the trip?
Dave Price: If I start in a place like San Diego, tactically speaking, I’ll probably journey a southern route if I can across the country. If I start in Northern California/Oregon/Seattle/Alaska, it’s a northerly route. I have to take into account topography, the climate, and the viability of getting from one place to another in seven days.
TVNewser: How does your expertise as a CBS weather anchor help you on these trips?