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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

Former KPLC Anchor Jan Hardy Dies at 59

JanHardyJan Hardy, who anchored newscasts for Lake Charles, Louisiana NBC affiliate KPLC for nearly a decade, died Thursday. She was 59. “She had a way of charming and disarming those she interviewed with her conviction, sincerity and winning smile,” reads her official obituary.

According to KPLC, Hardy anchored the noon and five p.m. newscasts for most of the 1980s, leaving the station in 1990. She received her doctorate and worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

The cause of death was not released.

WCBS Reporter John Slattery Dies of Heart Attack

john-slatteryWCBS reporter John Slattery has died. He was 63.

Slattery worked at the New York CBS owned station for 30 years. According to the New York Daily News, Slattery died after a sudden heart attack hours after filing a report for the station.

“We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague John Slattery,” Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, wrote on the WCBS website. “During his nearly 30-year career at WCBS, he was great at reporting the news and was someone we counted on to cover big stories for us, both here in New York and around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife, Suzie, and their children and grandchildren.”

He personified excellence in television journalism for more than three decades. With his steady and straightforward delivery, our John Slattery brought us momentous stories.

On 9/11, he was one of the first reporters to arrive on the chaotic and terrifying scene, having witnessed the second plane strike the World Trade Center while emergency vehicles were still trying to make their way to the disaster.

He was plainspoken.

He was unflappable.

A trusted voice at CBS 2 for more than 30 years, he traveled around the world for the biggest stories. Read more

Dallas Sports Anchor Max Morgan Dies

Max Morgan, the KDFW sports anchor who was admitted to a Dallas area hospital suffering from congestive heart failure, has died.

UPDATE: KDFW VP & GM Kathy Saunders issued a statement about Morgan’s death. “Max was an important member of the FOX 4 Sports and News family.  The teams he covered and the audience he served treasured his enthusiasm, energy and signature sign-on, “Hello, Dallas-Fort Worth. . . let’s talk sports!  He loved his job and our viewers knew it.  Max will be greatly missed by all of us at KDFW and all of North Texas.  The “talk” will never be quite the same.”

The Dallas-Fort Worth FOX owned station said Morgan started every sportscast by saying, “Hello Dallas-Fort Worth. Let’s talk sports,” along with “a smile and a magnificent baritone voice.”

For nearly 21 years Morgan was there to cover it all for Channel 4 – two Cowboys Super Bowl wins, a Stars Stanley Cup, a Mavericks title and two trips to the World Series by the Rangers.

Morgan had been off the air recently and was admitted last week to a Dallas-area hospital suffering from congestive heart failure.

Morgan joined KDFW in 1993, but from the time Morgan could talk – he was talking sports. Read more

Kyle Hill, Former WKRC Anchor, Has Died

1408986253000-Kyle-Hill-1976-Nick-Clooney-WKRC-TVKyle Hill, former reporter and anchor at Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC, has died, his wife told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“He always knew what he was doing, because he had all that experience. He had this air of authority,” said Howard Ain, Channel 12′s semi-retired “Troubleshooter” consumer reporter.

“I followed his lead. He taught me how to get a story and get it right. I still use what he taught me,” said reporter Deborah Dixon, who was hired by Hill. “Kyle chased stories. It was fun to watch. He would hear a possible story on the police radios and jump up grab a photog and run out as if he were a 20-year-old.”

His former station remembered Hill as a “kind man and devoted husband and father.”

WLWT Remembers News Operations Manager David Rosch

WLWT-1David Roscha 17-year veteran of NBC affiliate WLWT, passed away from cancer on Friday. He was a program director, production manager and most recently, a news operations manager at the Cincinnati station.

WLWT posted a special video tribute to Rosch on its site and on its Facebook page, where messages of condolence poured in. The station’s site won’t allow embedding, but click here to watch a touching tribute to a beloved co-worker, husband, father and friend.