CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It was Oct. 3, 1973 when Bill Sharpe walked into Channel 5 to begin his new job. Richard Nixon was president, Democrat John West was governor of South Carolina and Palmer Gaillard, for whom the Gaillard Auditorium was named, led city hall as mayor of Charleston.
Bill was a 22-year-old radio newsman and shifting gears to television.
When he came to Channel 5 forty years ago, scripts were hammered out on an electric Smith Corona and radio interviews were recorded on reel-to-reel.
National news clattered out on a newsroom tele-type machine and it was "film at eleven."
At the time, Bill was growing in his anchorman's chair. He'd arrived with talent but not much experience.
"But, he had great potential which obviously he's lived up to," said John M. Rivers Jr., who was an owner of the station.
As Rivers recalls, it was a great voice and a hometown connection that landed Bill the job. The Lowcountry embraced him.
You would find Bill racing for the finish in the Cooper River Bridge Run and raising money for charity. He was a Charleston boy at heart.
But it's Lowcountry news that runs in his veins.
He takes us on journeys as news jets him across the country and globe, rubbing shoulders with the best in the business. From the pope to presidential candidates and presidents themselves, Bill has questions Lowcountry folks want to know.
He no longer needs an introduction at the beginning of the news broadcast. We know he's the man to watch whether it be on TV or on the phone.