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(WBUR Boston)   Goodnight, last local news anchor with integrity guy   (wbur.org) divider line 12
    More: Sad, Chet Curtis, WCVB-TV, Boston, WBUR, integrity, news director, Greater Boston  
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10479 clicks; posted to Main » on 23 Jan 2014 at 11:46 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-01-23 12:28:31 PM  
2 votes:
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.

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2014-01-23 11:48:10 AM  
2 votes:
There goes the last DJ,
who plays what he wants to play.
2014-01-23 09:37:42 AM  
2 votes:

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 12:28:43 PM  
1 votes:
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 12:17:48 PM  
1 votes:
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 12:02:13 PM  
1 votes:

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RIP Bill Curtis

/I hate these but someone had to do this one
2014-01-23 11:58:59 AM  
1 votes:
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 11:58:14 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:56:12 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:48:54 AM  
1 votes:
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 10:36:32 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:25:57 AM  
1 votes:
Sad day indeed.
 
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