10 News First Perth sports producer / presenter Tim Gossage is celebrating 30 years at 10.
He started at the network on August 21, 1989, as a casual reporter, but had second thoughts about working in the industry when he was sent to cover a cat rescue.
“They were keen for me to do news… I didn’t want to do news,” he told 10 Daily.
“They sent me on some sort of a rescue – I remember looking at the camera and saying ‘If these cats are alive I’ll quit journalism’ – and the next shot was a ‘meow’.
“That was one of the first stories I ever did and I thought if this is what it’s going to be like, maybe not, so I steered my way to Sport.”
During his three decades he has hosted local footy show Western Front, been an AFL commentator or boundary rider on 10 and FOX Sports, hosted the Sandover Medal and the WA Football Hall of Fame.
“I was a journalist at the West and 10. I was virtually told I’d never present… I had the strange voice and wore glasses and had to buck the trend.
“But I was a journalist first and I’ve always prided myself on that – I worked very hard on credibility, very hard on fact-checking.”