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Appalachian alumni win regional Emmys

BOONE—Randy Fulp and Dave Barringer each graduated from Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication, have successful production careers and were awarded Emmys at the 23rd Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy® Awards ceremony sponsored by the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Randy Fulp and his wife, Audrey, are pictured holding the regional Emmy Award presented to Fulp during the 23rd Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy® Awards ceremony. Fulp, director of photography at WTVI, was recognized for his work lighting various television and documentary projects. (Photo courtesy of Randy Fulp)
Dave Barringer.jpgDave Barringer, a producer with Raycom Sports, won three regional Emmys from the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. (Photo courtesy of Dave Barringer)

Fulp is director of photography at WTVI, a PBS affiliate in Charlotte. A 1983 graduate, Fulp was honored for lighting. It’s the first regional Emmy he has received for a technical craft.  He said the recognition was based on a completion of projects he worked on last year, including a Christmas music special, interviews, and a news and public affairs program show. He has received more than a dozen regional Emmys during his career.

A 1988 graduate, Barringer picked up his first Emmy awards this year, a total of three. He was recognized in the Sports Program/Series, Editor/Short Form (PSA/Promo/Commercial) and Photography Short Form (PSA/Promo/Commercial) categories.

A love for documentaries leads to a 25-year career

Randy Fulp worked a year at Winston-Salem ad agency following graduation. He then moved to Charlotte for what he thought would be a temporary job.  “I didn’t think I would stay as long as I have,” he said of his 25-year career at WTVI.  “I came down to help the station start its documentary department.”

While at WTVI, he filmed the documentary “Moving America’s Lighthouse,” narrated by Walter Cronkite.  Fulp’s other documentary work includes “Southern Dial…Southern Styles,”  which depicts the  African American radio stations in the South, and “Lessons from the Lunch Counter” about the 1960s Greensboro sit-ins.

“I like long form pieces like documentary,” Fulp said. “I like building relationships with people.

When you do documentary, you are invited into people’s homes, you chat with them, they tell you their story, and you make friends with them. I have a 25-year-long trail of friends all over the world.”

He also filmed the documentary “A Place Where I Belong,” which showed the lives of homeless women and children in Charlotte and spurred the Charlotte/Mecklenburg School System to start a special school for homeless children.

“Working for a PBS affiliate affords me the opportunity to put my teeth in something,” Fulp said. “I have never had I day where I felt like I was going to work.”

While his work has received many honors, receiving a regional Emmy brings a special sense of pride. “I think it’s the highest honor you can receive in the business,” he said. “Of all the awards, the regional Emmys are the only ones where a jury of your peers votes on your work. That gives you justification that what you are doing is right.”

Following a dream

If you are a fan of ACC or SEC sports, you have seen Dave Barringer’s talent. Barringer is a producer for Raycom Sports.

A combination of perseverance and taking opportunities to develop his editing skills helped Barringer land a job videoing and editing sports. “It was extremely difficult to find work after I graduated,” he said. “I did not know anyone in the business. It’s hard to get started in a business where everyone wants to work.”

Barringer took a job as a master control operator at a small television in Lexington, N.C.  For fun, he would make music videos from NBA playoff games he had recorded and send them to Jefferson-Pilot Spots, now Raycom Sports.

He next worked for Sunbelt Video in Charlotte, but he kept sending in tapes to Jefferson Pilot. “That (sports production work) is what I always wanted to do,” Barringer said.

He got his chance in 1990, first working for Jefferson-Pilot Sports, then with NASCAR’s DVD development department.

“I worked my way up from features to live, 30-minute pregame shows and three years later was line producing the pregame show,” he said. Barringer now is a producer for Raycom Sports working out of a 50-foot long production truck. He calls the shots to camera operators, play-by-play announcers and others, and decides what shots to run during replays.

The music videos Barringer created while working in Lexington have brought him full circle in his career. “I am a big believer that you can’t just have sports these days, you have to have entertainment mixed in with it,” he said.

He has created music openers for college football and basketball telecasts featuring performers such as Brooks and Dunn, Ricky Scaggs, Sugarland, Rascal Flats and others. His sports intro with the music group Daughtry performing “Crashed” won two regional Emmys. The third Emmy was for a program called “Football Saturdays in the South.”

The manager for Daughtry liked Barringer’s work so well that he asked him to edit a full-length music video of the band performing “Crashed.” It can be seen online at

Advice for the next generation

Despite their busy schedules, Fulp and Barringer provide counsel and advice to students in Appalachian’s Department of Communication through their involvement with the department’s alumni council.

Fulp returns to Appalachian times each year to talk to communication classes. WTVI also provides internship opportunities for communication majors.
“There are so many things to let students know,” Barringer said. “You have to fight hard to get an opportunity, and when you do, you have to be prepared to do anything and everything anyone asks you to do. If you do a good job, you will be asked back.”