Friday, August 31, 2012

Reporter Meets Scotty McCreery on his way to watch NC State play some football

Reporter Notebook: Meeting Scotty McCreery

Posted: Aug 31, 2012 5:16 PM EDT Updated: Aug 31, 2012 5:28 PM EDT

What a nice kid! I can say that since I'm twice as old as he is. I'm talking about Scottie McCreery.
Scotty is a freshman at North Carolina State University, but you probably know him as the winner of season 10 of the American Idol.

He has also recorded the platinum album "Clear As Day," featuring the hit songs "I Love You This Big," and "The Trouble With Girls."

And today when I encountered him, he was just a young man traveling with his family to watch the Wolfpack play football this weekend.

I was doing a story on gas prices, and for the story I went to the rest area off I-85 in Concord. My idea was to interview drivers and ask them where they had last filled up and how much they paid per gallon. Drivers from Virginia said they paid around $3.60, those from eastern North Carolina were up to $3.75 or so.

I had talked to about a dozen drivers and passengers from all over the place and I was just about ready to leave. Then I saw a car with two NC State flags pull in a the lower end of the driveway. I decided to run and talk to one more driver.

I saw a very tall man and his wife starting to get out of the car, and I noticed what appeared to be a young man and a young girl in the back. Both were busy on their phones.
The man had a somewhat puzzled look as I approached, but when I told him who I was and what I was doing, he started smiling, and agreed to a short interview. I asked him about gas prices. He told me he and his family were on the way to Atlanta for the game, and that it had cost him about $50 to fill up his rented Toyota.

When I was finished we made a little friendly small talk and I wished them safe travel. But then the man's wife said something unusual. "You don't know who we are, do you?" I looked at them both, glanced in the car, and innocently asked if they were from my hometown of Salisbury. They laughed and said no. Then she said "We're the McCreery's." I tried to think of everyone I know named McCreery, and I couldn't come up with a single one.   "Scotty, Scotty McCreery."

"Oh yeah!" I blurted. Now it all made sense. Scotty was still on the phone, actually doing a live radio interview. I talked with his mom for a while about a number of things, including their trip, their church life in Garner, NC, and all the upcoming concerts and appearances.

I also asked her if she thought he would mind popping out of the car for a quick interview. She thought it would be fun, and as soon as he finished the radio interview, Scotty jumped out of the backseat and stuck out his hand to say hello.

He was wearing a red, NC State visor, and had a large cross on a chain around his neck. We talked for just a few minutes; I knew his family wanted to get going. Scotty was unfailingly polite and genial.
"Yeah, you just kind of walked up and I was in the car," MCCreery. He said he was excited about going to the game with his family, and wasn't too concerned about the gas prices.  "Yeah this is a family trip so I'm not having to fork out the money for the road trip for the gas. It'll be good, it's worth it."  And with that I thanked him, he climbed back in the car and the McCreery's wee on their way.  For me it was a chance encounter, but one that left a good impression of a very nice and talented young man. Best of luck to you Scotty!

20 comments:

  1. What an awesome article!!! Thanks for sharing this with us! Gotta love "The McCreery's"!!!

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    1. One more(and probably MANY more)caught up in the Scotty Charm Net!!..McCreery Charm Net!!..:)

      How many games this wkend?

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  2. Scotty is the total package! You were a very fortunate man to have met the McCreery family. Scotty is a part of every day for me. I don't think I could make it if i didn't hear his awesome voice every day. I have never met an artist that has influenced and inspired me like Scotty. I have a feeling he just made a new fan. With Scotty - what you see is the true Scotty! He's a a genuine,talented,smart,friendly,loving,caring person - "our Scotty". I'm proud to be one of his many fans!!

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    1. I agree with you It does me too I don't think I could either go every day without hearing it.he made A NEW FAN out of that tv reporter, ok now we'll be seeing this guy talking to him.I love this family the McCREERY'S cause they are A close family.YOU all ROCK,THE FOUR OF YOU. this is awesome story LOVE YOU MRS.JUDY,MR MIKE,ASHLEY,SCOTTY SO MUCH.

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  3. Again, his sweet charm wins some one over. Scotty, you're making the bucks, chip in on gas! A little surprised that she identified them...would have thought they'd have liked the anonymity! But the are so personable. Love them all.

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  4. Can't help but admire the closeness of the McCreery family! They seem to love to do things together. It was interesting, the guy who talked to them said "a very tall man got out of the car". Scotty is a wee bit shorter than his Dad from pictures but not a whole lot! Anyway, Scotty certainly has a welcoming way about him. Every comment I've ever read of anyone that's met and talked to Scotty is so impressed by him. If they haven't heard him sing, they'll be even more impressed! Lol

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  5. WHAT AN AWESOME INTERVIEW. THEY ARE SUCH A CLOSE FAMILY, IT'S SO NEAT TO SEE THAT. I JUST REALLY LOVE THIS FAMILY.

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  6. Wonder if it was a fantasy?? Think there would have been some pictures No???

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    1. There was a pic of Scotty! And a "thank you!" from him as well!!??

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  7. Where was there a picture?

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    1. Above the article up top... I was a bit surprised that Mama Judy said that too!.. She was probably a little upset that he didn't recognize Scotty and family!

      So glad they all had such a great tme!..And that they shared it with all of us via Twitter!..Love them all TTMAB!

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  8. The only thing that made me say it is this fantasy thing again was Ms. McCreery saying...You don't know who we are? We're the McCreerys....Scotty, Scotty McCreery? Being some time as a family, I just couldn't see her doing that. It is great if it did happen.

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  9. Being together as family is what I meant to say.

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  10. I was also surprised that Judy made that remark. On a family weekend trip, I would have thought that the McCreerys' would want to travel under the radar. I feel that if left up to Mr.Mike and Scotty that reporter would never have known "who they were". They are both so unassuming. I am glad they kept us posted regarding their weekend via twitter and equally pleased that they had a good time, even though the games didn't turn out the way they had hoped. Love you, Scotty!

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  11. I'm sure she was surprised to run into someone who didn't recognize them from AI . No big deal .

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  12. I doubt that Ms. McCreery was upset he didn't know them. Still surprised she said who they were.

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  13. That's why I think this is fantasy land but guess it makes for interesting publicity!

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