Shively, 65, joined the Sacramento NBC-affiliate in 1972 as a producer and, after getting his helicopter pilot license “on a lark,” he began flying for KCRA in 1979 when it became the fist station in Northern California to own a news chopper.
Shively flew the KCRA chopper through the 80s in addition to working as a reporter and morning anchor for the station. As rivals debuted their own news helicopters over the years, KCRA was successful in distinguishing its aerial news reporting because the station had a personality to go along with it.
“I think I’m one of the last of a dying breed, the pilot-reporter,” Shively told TVSpy recently via email. “There are only a handful of pilots doing this around the country and with helicopters disappearing from stations everyday the number is dropping as well.” Read more