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Veteran Newsman Adrian Gibson Dies

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Adrian Gibson, a longtime anchor/reporter and weatherman for WAAY in Huntsville, Ala, has passed away at the age of 78. His wife Patty told WAAY that her husband had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Gibson worked at the ABC affiliate for 34 years, from December 1970 until his retirement in December 2004. He covered many storms during his tenure, including the tornadoes of 1974, 1989 and Anderson Hills in 1995.

WAAY announced his death on Sunday evening, and included a sampling of tweets from friends and colleagues, who expressed their condolences and shared memories of working with Gibson.

He is survived by his wife, Patty.

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Former WLBT Anchor Sherri Hilton Dies at 55

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Sherri Hilton, a former anchor at two Jackson stations, CBS affiliate WJTV and NBC affiliate WLBT, has died. She was 55.

WLBT reports Hilton worked at the NBC affiliate for much of the 1990s, as a reporter and weekend morning anchor. She had previously worked as an anchor at WJTV. Hilton reportedly died of natural causes.

Both stations reported Hilton’s passing was noted by state officials, who had worked with the former anchor in recent years:

Hilton served as Communications Director for the Office of the State Treasurer from January 2012 to October 2013.

State Treasurer Lynn Fitch has released the following statement on the passing of Sherri Hilton:

“Sherri was not only a valued employee, but a dear friend to all who knew her. Her smile brightened every room she entered. She will be remembered for her dedication to her profession, her husband Ken and her family and friends. Our deepest condolences go out to Sherri’s family.”

KFMB Journalist Larry Himmel Dies of Cancer

Larry Himmel, feature reporter for San Diego CBS affiliate KFMB, has died of cancer. He was 68.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, Himmel was known as the “resident rascal” who made everyone feel good.

“A man with a great heart and a tiny ego … a rare combination in TV news,” KFMB sports director/anchor Kyle Kraska said on Twitter.

“Larry made everyone feel special. Everyone,” [Carlo] Cecchetto wrote, calling him “a gift to us all.” Read more

Ben Aycrigg, Orlando TV Legend, Dies at 88

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Ben Aycrigg, a TV legend in Orlando, died of renal failure last night at the age of 88. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Aycrigg worked for 35 years as a reporter, news director and anchor at CBS affiliate WKMG, before retiring in 1996.

“Ben Aycrigg was THE news anchor in Central Florida for many years,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet told The Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker. ”He’s often been called the ‘Walter Cronkite of Orlando television,’ and with good reason. Ben shared the day’s news, good and bad, with a clear, authoritative voice that told Channel 6 viewers, no matter how dire the news, in the end we were all going to be all right.”

Aycrigg got his first gig as a radio announcer for WDBO-AM while attending Rollins College. He left the world of radio in 1959, when he scored a gig as a reporter at WLOF (now WFTV). Two years after that, he became the first reporter at WDBO (now WKMG). He was later promoted to news director, a job he held from 1968 to 1976. He went on to anchor the 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. newscasts for the next 15 years.

Aycrigg is survived by his brother, sister, wife and three children.

WDEF’s Luther Masingill Dies at 92

In Chattanooga, Luther Masingill was such an icon he was rarely called by anything other than “Luther.” The iconic newsman died Sunday night after a short illness. He was 92.

Masingill started working at WDEF Radio in 1940, and added duties at CBS affiliate WDEF-TV when the station signed on in 1954:

“To have the fortitude to be on the air for this long you have to have a love of people and a love of country and a love of God, and you have to keep your private life to yourself and present yourseld as a caring person and Luthers was that.

“Luther holds a lot of records in broadcasting that will never be topped.”

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said in a prepared statement that “Luther is a Hamilton County icon, not only for his decades of broadcasting service, but for his community efforts throughout his memorable life.”

Former WCYB Anchor Merrill Moore Dies at 81

Screen shot 2014-10-08 at 8.39.01 AMMerrill Moore, the longtime anchor at Bristol, Virginia NBC affiliate WCYB, has died. He was 81. For nearly four decades, Moore was the 6 p.m. anchor at the station–a regular guy with a voice of authority. “He was so darn believable on air,” said retired WCYB anchor Johnny Wood in one of the station’s many tributes Tuesday. “He was like your next door neighbor but he was a perfectionist on air.”

During his time at WCYB, Merrill covered all of the big stories and sat down with newsmakers from every level, including several presidents.

No matter the topic, he always approached it with class. “You don’t put in 40 years of news and journalism without caring.” says Assistant Johnson City city manager Charlie Stahl. “He was everything to all of us proving many times that you can still go after the important stories and still be a gentleman and professional.”

WCAU Sports Legend Bill Campbell Dies at 91

Bill_CampbellThe man known as “the dean of Philadelphia sportscasters, Bill Campbell, has died. He was 91. Over eight decades, Campbell did it all, becoming the sports director for WCAU radio in 1946, and later leading the sports department at WCAU-TV. The CBS owned station reflected on his epic career:

“He was the essence of, I guess you could say, ‘color radio,’ ” noted Harry Donahue, recently retired KYW Newsradio anchor and voice of Temple football and basketball. “Because when you listened to him, it wasn’t just the voice, but you got the feeling of what was going on.”

“Bill Campbell was the broadcaster that so many people of my generation grew up worshiping,” said longtime voice of the Eagles, Merrill Reese.

Former Raleigh Weatherman Bob DeBardelaben Dies

debardelaben obit_wralBob DeBardelaben, former weather anchor for WRAL, died Monday. He was 88.

DeBardelaben retired from the Raleigh-Durham CBS affiliate in 1989, but the station said he continued to be recognized when out in the the community.

DeBardelaben had been a radio announcer and host of WRAL’s “Dialing for Dollars” segments during afternoon movies when the television station asked him in 1976 to become a weather anchor.

“Bob was not a scientist, but he was a very good communicator, and I think Bob just made people feel good,” said Jim Hefner, former WRAL general manager. “He always came on with that big smile and that big voice, and he was going to tell you to the best of his ability what the weather was going to be.” Read more

WCSH’s Legendary Sports Anchor Bruce Glasier Dies at 69

bruce glasierIn Maine, they consider Bruce Glasier an all-star, a Hall of Famer. “Bruce was a major reason many young people in Maine chose to be sportscasters, or go into broadcasting,” the station’s Lee Goldberg said in a story on Glasier’s death, at 69, after a battle with lung cancer:

Bruce started working for WCSH6-TV back in 1977 and was the face of local sports in our state before retiring in 2012. For 35 years Bruce brought events from our back yards into our living rooms. Sports Overtime, The Varsity Club, and the 5th Quarter, were just some of the long running staples of the nightly local sportscast that made Bruce the Hall of Fame broadcaster that he was.

Glasier retired in 2012. Former colleague Bill Green told the Bangor Daily News Glasier’s impact was as much behind the scenes as it was on the air:

Glasier was the “father of the newsroom. He cared about everybody. He would take people in who had problems and would listen to them, give them a huge hug or tell them a joke. He was extremely well-liked.”

Watch WCSH’s farewell package on Glasier’s career, after the jump:
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Friends and Family Say Final Goodbye to WCBS Reporter John Slattery

WCBS reports hundreds turned out to say their final goodbyes to WCBS reporter John Slattery who died Thursday of a heart attack.

Friends and family gathered at Saints John and Paul Church in Larchmont, NY to honor the veteran reporter. Slattery had worked at the New York CBS owned station for more than 30 years.

“We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague John Slattery,” Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, said in a statement last week. “John had been with us since October 1984, so he was just days away from celebrating his 30th anniversary at WCBS,” Dunn added. “We were truly blessed to have him as a member of our CBS 2 news team and we will miss him dearly.” Read more

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