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A popular personality hosts Pops

The end of summer is upon us, but the sun shines brightly on the Pops By The Sea Symphony event - Dave Hovde tells us why



New Times Where are you from?


Dave Hovde I’m from Fargo, North Dakota originally. That’s where I grew up.

New Times Wait, Fargo?

Hovde Yeah.

New Times What brought you out here?

Hovde I would visit here and thought it was paradise, and a job opened up.

New Times How did you get into meteorology?

Hovde I was a news reporter, a news photo-grapher, a bureau reporter, and a bureau chief. After awhile I was tired of asking people how they felt after their house burned down. Eventually there was an opening for a news anchor and a weather anchor and I wanted to be the next Tom Brokaw, but my boss thought I would be a great fit for weather—and he was right. The second after I started doing it, I realized how much of a good fit it is for me. I’m high energy and I’m positive and weather is sort of a public relations meets science sort of thing. Plus, I like hosting events, and being the front man for KSBY.

New Times What will you do you as a master of ceremonies? What can the audience expect?

Hovde This show is going to be fun. They have some tricks up their sleeve. Of course I can’t tell you what we’re going to do, but there is always some fun stuff at the Pops. You can’t lose with this one.


New Times Are you familiar with the lineup of music and what the symphony will be performing? What are you looking forward to?

Hovde By the numbers is the theme this year. But I want to hear them perform “Hawaii Five–O,” since I’m a kid of that era.

New Times What will you bring to the Pops?

Hovde My trademark enthusiasm. And I’m a lover of music; I played the French horn in college.

New Times What is meteorology?

Hovde I have a meteorology degree and it’s the scientific study of weather. It’s not just why clouds form, but it’s physics and chemistry. I try to tell people why stuff happens, not just that “tomorrow is going to be 75 degrees,” but get into the details, so they can understand what’s going on in the world around them.

New Times And your weather forecast for Aug. 31, Mr. Hovde?

Hovde There is no way it will be as hot as last year.


Pops By the Sea is 17 years old this year, and this sunny, shiny, symphonic event is always something to look forward to. This year the musical event at the Avila Beach Golf Resort takes place on Aug. 31 with gates opening at 2:30 p.m. and live music starting at 4 p.m. Dave Hovde, a local meteorologist, will be the master of ceremonies. Pack a picnic, carpool with your friends, and enjoy table or lawn seating at Pops. This year’s theme is “Pops by the Numbers”—Maestro Michael Nowak will lead the San Luis Obispo Symphony as their instruments produce classic numbers such as: “Take 5,” “76 Trombones,” “When I’m 64,” “42ndStreet” and, of course, the immortal “1812 Overture.” Party table seating starts at $25 and lawn seating is $15. Discounts are available for large parties and carpoolers.Patrons can also save gas, save money and save the planet by “pedaling to Pops;” riding a bike earns a $3 discount for lawn seating and a chance to win prizes from local bike shops.Another option for transportation to Pops is the free Pops Shuttle, making pick-ups throughout the county. Info: or 543-3533.

Christy Heron is out of O-town for good. Send her house decor ideas at [email protected].


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