DOVER — On Tuesday morning,television crews lined up for time with the Dover Police Department’s worldwide YouTube sensation.
As Master Cpl. Jeff Davis exited after an interview at Philadelphia’s Fox 29 studios, he said reporters from KYW-TV (CBS) and WPVI-TV (ABC) approached to ask more questions.
So two more street interviews regarding Cpl. Davis’s suddenly famous rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” song recorded on a Dover Police dashboard camera ensued.
As so many folks — nationally and internationally — know by now, last Friday’s video of Cpl. Davis grooving to the beat in his patrol car quickly was posted on the Dover Police Department’s Facebook page via YouTube and garnered millions of views, literally.
By 8 a.m. Tuesday, video views were up to 18.1 million and still climbing. The count was up to just over 19.1 million by 4:30 p.m.
The vast interest in the lighthearted Dover video continues to grow, and the star of the show will appear on three national television morning news programs today.
The Dover Police officer is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” sometime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., followed by NBC’s “Today” show anywhere from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and then Fox News “America’s Newsroom” at 10:40 a.m.
The whirlwind that began in earnest Saturday morning as the video spread around the world continues unabated at this point.
Cpl. Davis, a 47-year-old, 19 1/2-year police department veteran, said he is scheduled for a patrol shift in Dover on Thursday but “at this point I have no idea what happens between now and then.”
Before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Cpl. Davis also had taken part in two radio shows and would later field questions from two newspapers. Add in the three television appearances, and it was quite a day by early afternoon.
“It’s fun, but when you have instant attention to this degree it’s overwhelming,” Cpl. Davis said.
“That’s the only word I can use — overwhelming. It’s a lot, but I’m going to continue to ride it out and handle it the best I can.”
Cpl. Davis was scheduled to leave for New York City later Tuesday in preparation for the early morning television appearances the next day.
Public Information Officer Cpl. Mark Hoffman and Lt. Jason Pires, who hatched the idea of producing Dover Police videos to spark public interest and entertain the department’s Facebook followers, were to accompany Cpl. Davis on the trip to New York City.
Trip costs — including travel and lodging — will be covered entirely by the television networks, Cpl. Hoffman said, and will not cost the city of Dover a penny.
There was talk of an appearance on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” but the scheduling fell through on the television show’s side, Cpl. Hoffman said.
Cpl. Davis, who said he’d never done an on-camera interview before Tuesday, was “nervous at first but once I got on there and they started talking to me, it got better.”