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WRTV sports director Dave Furst leaving to take IndyCar communications position

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 13:04:16-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Sports director Dave Furst is nearing the finish line at WRTV.

After 23 years at the station, Furst will sign off Sept. 9 during the WRTV News at 6 p.m. before joining IndyCar as vice president of communications.

“Dave Furst is a masterful storyteller, who has a vast area of expertise that includes, high school, collegiate and professional sports," WRTV news director Terri-Cope-Walton said. "We were fortunate to have him at the helm during some of the most memorable sports stories in our state’s history. At 23 years, Dave’s time at WRTV is impressive and his legacy will impress, even longer."

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A native of Newburgh, Indiana, Furst graduated from Indiana University before making stops at TV stations in Evansville, Louisville, Raleigh, North Carolina and Huntington, West Virginia.

He returned to Indiana in 1997 as a sports reporter at WRTV before his promotion to sports director five years later.

“Fortunate. That's the word that I keep going back to when it comes to reflecting on 23 years at WRTV," Furst said. "I had a front-row seat to history and, more importantly, hoped to give viewers that feeling as well.

“Ultimately, as a steward of an office once held by the legendary Tom Carnegie, I'd like to think Tom would be proud of the many accomplishments. The good news is, I'm not going too far away, just a little west down 16th Street.”

Furst's WRTV colleague Rafael Sanchez congratulated him on Twitter saying, "He’s a phenomenal storyteller, a consummate pro, & 'Furst & Foremost' a proud husband & dad. He joins the long list of @wrtv legends. I’ll miss his Spanish, & picking up his multiple Emmys at the awards program."

Furst is a contributor with the IndyCar Radio Network and an award-winning journalist. Along with 25 Emmys, he has been recognized multiple times by the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists.

“Dave Furst embodies the Hoosier spirit. His work ethic and commitment to excellence has made a significant impact at WRTV,” said Lana Durban Scott, vice president and general manager at WRTV. “While all of us are excited for Dave’s next chapter, we will miss his masterful storytelling and passion for central Indiana sports."