Harley Carnes began his commercial radio career in 1967, at the age of 15, outside Atlanta, Ga. He played records and read the news, sports and weather. It was a great job for a high school kid.
Carnes studied Journalism and Political Science at the University of Georgia before joining the Army during the Vietnam War. He was trained as a linguist to speak North Vietnamese as a member of Army Intelligence, (Army Security Agency). As the war wound down, Harley landed at Ft. Gordon, Ga., doing radio and TV news reports for the Army at the Southeastern Signal School.
Post-Army, Carnes pursued his love of storytelling in the news business at WBIA in Augusta and as News Director of WTOC, Savannah. Then he went on to all-news KEYH in Houston, WBAP in Dallas-Ft. Worth and WLS in Chicago. Finally, in 1982 “New York” called and Harley, his wife Sylvia and their two boys, Todd and Adam, headed to the Big Apple.
WABC and frequent anchor work on the ABC Information Network led to an offer, in 1992, from WCBS 880, the nation’s premier news station and the CBS flagship station. A dozen years at WCBS led to his current position as the Afternoon Anchor of the CBS Radio Network newscasts.
Carnes believes that “our job is not really as hard as some would have you think. It’s busy and there are time pressures, but at the heart of it is the story. We have the great joy of being able to tell stories about the people, the events and the moments of meaning and mirth in this great country, and around the world. If listeners can relate to the people they are hearing about, we’ve done our job. If listeners feel that they know those of us who bring them the news, it’s because they do know us. They do us the great honor of inviting us into their lives, into their cars, their iPods, their computers and we in the news business are blessed by that. Sometimes, we forget that the listeners give us vastly more than we give to them. And we owe them our best efforts, every day – and stories that touch them.”
Harley is one of CBS News’ aviation experts and he has weighed in on a long list of aviation disasters and story developments in recent years. As a pilot, Harley has thousands of hours of experience–over more than 25 years of flight time–in a wide variety of aircraft. He’s a Certified Flight Instructor in both airplanes and helicopters, and has been an aerobatic competitor in the International Aerobatic Club for many years.