In response to initial advice to move to a small market and hone his skills there, Dave shifted his strategy to "begging," and was offered his first job with TWC working behind the scenes part-time.
Dave eventually became part of TWC's On-Camera Apprentice Program, in which apprentices were paired with veteran weathercasters during a 2-3 AM timeslot on Saturdays. Six months later, he was given his first regular on-air gig. With his uniquely humorous and friendly brand of delivery, Dave became one of the network's most popular personalities over his 17 years on the air.
Following TWC's acquisition
by NBC-Universal, restructuring took place that included firing
long-time weathercasters, including Dave Schwartz. The move
was met with universal disapproval
and derision by legions of Americans who had enjoyed Dave's
weathercasts for so many years. "Mind-boggling," "boneheaded,"
"disgraceful," "offensive," "clueless," were among viewers'
printable criticisms of the NBC-Universal decision.