Dave Price, reporter and weatherman for The Early Show on CBS, is one of the more notable news faces on TV these days; or is it his dog. After much success and acclamation, it is still difficult to say who’s more famous and celebrated: Price, or his Golden Retriever, Chance, notably known to New Yorkers as ‘Chance the Weather Dog’. Price is seldom seen without Chance, whether in the privacy of his office or on-air.
AF: Do you feel as though you work like a dog?
DP: Selectively. There is such a narrow line between working like a dog for the man and pursuing a hobby with a passion. I love my job; I love the people I work around; I love my show. I’ve dreamt of doing this since I was a kid, so this is not work to me.
AF: What was your reason for getting Chance?
DP: I wound up getting Chance because the people from the ASPCA called me and said they had just gotten in this dog with thousands of ticks, totally infested, found in a junkyard. They said, ‘We have this beautiful dog and if you don’t want this dog, you should never get a dog. That’s how wonderful he is’. I went to the SPCA every day for about four to five hours, for four to five days, and that’s how I wound up with Chance.
AF: How did you come across the name Chance?
DP: I named him Chance for ‘chance of showers’.
AF: Why Chance of showers?
DP: Because I’m a weatherman. And you never commit to anything more than a chance.
AF: What about your career? Do you want to be the Willard Scott of weathermen?
DP: Here’s the scoop. There’s so much bad news on television now, everyday: war afar, economic issues, culture divisiveness. Whatever it may be. For 30 seconds, or a minute every half hour, if someone laughs with me or laughs at me, or laughs, to start off their day, that’s fine by me.
Dave Price has been granted two local Chicago Emmys for his work with CBS, a local Emmy while in Philadelphia for his reporting from the Persian Gulf, as well as two local New York Emmys for Best Feature and Best Host.