He was much a part of the weekend as buying bagels on a Sunday morning. John Cameron Swayze Jr (who went by Cameron Swayze on the air), the veteran WCBS-AM anchor, retired last month after selling his house.
Separating Swayze (left, with WCBS afternoon anchor Wayne Cabot in 2006) from the rest of the pack was the decades of experience he brought to listeners.
“Because of all the news he covered in his career, he knew more about most stories than almost anyone else on the radio,” Tim Scheld, WCBS-AM news director, tells FishbowlNY. “There’s no substitute for context and experience.”
Swayze was also a wordsmith of the highest order. His delivery was as crisp as the autumn air on one of his early morning weekend shifts.
The longtime newsman, who started at WCBS in 1988, had lineage on his side. He is the son of John Cameron Swayze. In 1949, the elder Swayze was tapped to anchor NBC News’ first foray into evening news with the 15-minute Camel News Caravan. Read more