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(WBUR Boston)   Goodnight, last local news anchor with integrity guy   (wbur.org) divider line 36
    More: Sad, Chet Curtis, WCVB-TV, Boston, WBUR, integrity, news director, Greater Boston  
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2014-01-23 09:25:57 AM
Sad day indeed.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-01-23 09:34:29 AM
The contrast between him and the competition used to be smaller. In the early 1990s* an out of state company bought WHDH and made sensationalism the theme of its news programming.

* 1993 according to Wikipedia.
 
2014-01-23 09:37:42 AM

ZAZ: The contrast between him and the competition used to be smaller. In the early 1990s* an out of state company bought WHDH and made sensationalism the theme of its news programming.

* 1993 according to Wikipedia.


I used to watch Channel 4 with Jack and Liz back in the day, but Chet was an icon. I tried watching 10 minutes of local news last week, and....I know the word "retarded" is hurtful and frowned upon these days, but I really couldn't come up with any other way to describe what I saw.
 
2014-01-23 10:23:24 AM
For a minute I thought Dave Ward had died.
 
2014-01-23 10:36:32 AM

ZAZ: The contrast between him and the competition used to be smaller. In the early 1990s* an out of state company bought WHDH and made sensationalism the theme of its news programming.

* 1993 according to Wikipedia.


Well that explains a whole lot. I never liked WHDH and now I know why.

WCVB is still, arguably, the best local news in the Boston area. Most of the time, I listen to WBUR though.
 
2014-01-23 11:48:10 AM
There goes the last DJ,
who plays what he wants to play.
 
2014-01-23 11:48:54 AM
Who gives a crap if the guy who reads news from a TelePrompTer every night has integrity ( whatever that means). Show up. Look good. Dress well. Enunciate. That's your job. Stop acting like you're brokering peace in the Middle East
 
2014-01-23 11:54:34 AM
WHDH was bad and then got way worse when the Miami company came in (as mentioned above).  WBZ was good - my dad worked over at the station on Soldier Field Road a lot so we watched that or Ch. 5.

Was crazy when Chet and Nat got a divorce - for some folks it was worse than their own parents splitting up.
 
2014-01-23 11:56:12 AM

Bondith: There goes the last DJ,
who plays what he wants to play.


And there goes your freedom of choice,
there goes the last human voice.
 
2014-01-23 11:58:14 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Who gives a crap if the guy who reads news from a TelePrompTer every night has integrity ( whatever that means). Show up. Look good. Dress well. Enunciate. That's your job. Stop acting like you're brokering peace in the Middle East


If he was also the editor - and with that seniority it's likely - he also decided what you heard about and how it would be spun. Integrity is important for that part of the job.
 
2014-01-23 11:58:59 AM
He and Natalie really were from a better era of local news reporting. I turn on the morning local news now and all they do is repeat the same lame news stories every ten minutes, or tease all during the half hour that they have some big story to tell you only to finally get to the story and spend a total of fifteen seconds on it. Ironically Chanel 5/WCVB is the biggest offender of pulling this.
 
2014-01-23 12:02:13 PM

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RIP Bill Curtis

/I hate these but someone had to do this one
 
2014-01-23 12:02:17 PM
Boston? We don't get Boston channels out here in the empty West
 
2014-01-23 12:02:33 PM
Don't worry, Subby. There's a new generation of professional news anchors with hard honed communication skills and unstained integrity waiting to take on the job...

blacklikemoi.com

Oops. Nevermind.

/Shoot....when is the water-skiing squirrel coming on?
 
2014-01-23 12:04:19 PM
Came in for the Jib Jab, but leaving disappoint.  Good reference Subby.
 
2014-01-23 12:04:39 PM

skinink: He and Natalie really were from a better era of local news reporting. I turn on the morning local news now and all they do is repeat the same lame news stories every ten minutes, or tease all during the half hour that they have some big story to tell you only to finally get to the story and spend a total of fifteen seconds on it. Ironically Chanel 5/WCVB is the biggest offender of pulling this.


And we have reports of a news channel that overly-sensationalizes minor news or focuses on terrible news for ratings, but can it kill you? We'll tell you....at 11pm tonight! Only on WHDH
 
2014-01-23 12:05:23 PM
He'd make you angry he was so good."

I want this is my obit.
 
2014-01-23 12:09:43 PM
Later Dudes

img.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-23 12:17:48 PM
Those of us, old enough, who are from Philly have similar feelings about John Facenda.  He owned the Philadelphia market from 1948 to the early 1970s.  He pioneered the format most stations use today (news-sports-weather).  In his 60s as the 1970s dawned, he became a victim of the Ron Burgundyesque development of the young, blow-dried, vapid anchorman.  Yeah, he seemed like a grandfather on the set, reading the news in a warm, assuring manner; his presence was so comforting and reassuring that, even during the madness of the Cold War, Phlly could be sure to make it through to another day as long as John Facenda was there to report it.  He didn't fight the development which saw him eclipsed by the Action News/Ron Burgundy phenomenon; he voluntarily stepped down to retire from anchoring in 1972.

He retired from anchoring but he wasn't out of work.  He did a lot of narration for NFL Films with the voice of God, according to Steve Sabol, who he met by accident in a tavern one night in 1965.  Facenda began waxing eloquent about the game of football and Sabol asked him, if he were handed a script could he read it in a voiceover.  Facenda said yes and an institution began.  He died of lung cancer in 1984.
 
2014-01-23 12:19:18 PM
Man, this takes me back. I used to watch Chet and Nat with my parents every night, back when the news was more than just Fear and Loathing.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-01-23 12:21:48 PM
Clemkadidlefark: Boston? We don't get Boston channels out here in the empty West

I remember tuning the TV one night when I was a kid and getting a weather forecast that didn't make sense. Our TV in Connecticut was picking up a station in Kansas.

When I say "tuning" I mean the old fashioned way. There were four knobs: VHF (discrete), UHF (forget whether it was discrete), fine tune (continuous), and antenna. The antenna dial had marks showing which way to aim the antenna for each station. The wind could blow the antenna around and we could have to compensate.
 
2014-01-23 12:25:00 PM

Clemkadidlefark: Boston? We don't get Boston channels out here in the empty West


What, you mean like Framingham?
 
2014-01-23 12:28:31 PM
Chet was great and I'm sorry to see he's gone.

This man is still on the air.  This picture of WBZ Anchor and Wednesday's Child founder Jack Williams is from 1978.

www.blizzardof78.org
 
2014-01-23 12:28:43 PM
I can't say the last -- Jack Hynes still lives, as is Tom Ellis. I think Jack Chase and Don Kent are both gone, and Shelby Scott has retired her storm cap. Natalie Jacobson and Liz Walker are still around,

This is a sad day for Boston newscasting..
 
2014-01-23 12:39:05 PM

www.profightdb.com


RIP Chris Curtis
 
2014-01-23 12:46:21 PM
This guy is still working, and even though his coverage is primarily sports, he goes off script every chance he can:
http://www.kron4.net/News/FeaturedReporters/SportswithGaryRadnich/ta bi d/81/Default.aspx
If it wasn't for KRON I would likely not see any local news.
 
2014-01-23 12:54:02 PM

Willie_One_Eye: This guy is still working


so is this guy

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/bio?id=5744031
 
2014-01-23 01:04:50 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Don't worry, Subby. There's a new generation of professional news anchors with hard honed communication skills and unstained integrity waiting to take on the job...

[blacklikemoi.com image 347x240]

Oops. Nevermind.

/Shoot....when is the water-skiing squirrel coming on?


The single most awesome first-broadcast ever in the history of radio and television combined.

/brings a tear to my eye.
//tear of laughter
 
2014-01-23 01:49:11 PM

swankywanky: Was crazy when Chet and Nat got a divorce - for some folks it was worse than their own parents splitting up.


I remember the gossip ladies at the Herlad running a piece about him being seen on Newbury Street with some young hottie, and making all kinds of salacious hay out of that.  Turns out it was his daughter.  I loved watching those two miserable cows have to eat crow.
 
2014-01-23 02:11:54 PM

Willie_One_Eye: This guy is still working, and even though his coverage is primarily sports, he goes off script every chance he can:
http://www.kron4.net/News/FeaturedReporters/SportswithGaryRadnich/ta bi d/81/Default.aspx
If it wasn't for KRON I would likely not see any local news.


Oh, so you're KRON's viewer.
 
2014-01-23 02:16:00 PM
Oh lets all reminisce of the days when everyone only had 5 channels and paying for cable was something not even thought of yet, so you kind were forced to watch something.

"They owned the town" - he's a news anchor, who reads the news, off a teleprompter. He wasn't the second coming of Christ.  Little melodramatic.  Don't worry, i'll forget all about him in 2-3 days.
 
2014-01-23 02:22:00 PM
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2014-01-23 04:59:16 PM
I met Chet at a restaurant in Newburyport - he was very friendly and sincere. Seemed like a good guy.
 
2014-01-23 06:19:12 PM
RIP Mr. Curtis

www.nndb.com
 
2014-01-23 08:45:59 PM

BunkoSquad: Clemkadidlefark: Boston? We don't get Boston channels out here in the empty West

What, you mean like Framingham?


No, no, further West. Like the Berkshires.
 
2014-01-24 02:45:14 PM

BunkoSquad: Clemkadidlefark: Boston? We don't get Boston channels out here in the empty West

What, you mean like Framingham?


nyuck nyuck nyuck

where ya from BunkoSquad?

old new englandah here, represent.  But I'm lost with this WBUR thing, what is that?  *never mind, just googled it, an NPR station.  Can't say I ever listened to it.  WGBH's radio I did listen to, though.
 
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