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Fired Wichita Anchor Spoofs His Own Firing in ‘Anchorman’ Send-Up


Now that the has extra time on his hands, Justin Kraemer has unveiled a video spoofing his firing from Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW.

Kraemer re-enacted the pivotal scene in the first “Anchorman” movie when Ron Burgundy famously told San Diego what to do with its collective self.

The video features various celebrity Wichitans…Wichitonians…Wichitaters…residents of Wichita and the voice of uber-anchor Bill Kurtis.

He tweeted the video out explaining what he did with the lemons life handed him with a link to the video:

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Legendary Chicago Anchor Team to Step Down Thursday

Anchor legends Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson will sign off from the Chicago CBS owned station WBBM for the final time Thursday.

“I think we’ve benefited more than CBS,” Kurtis told Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder. “What fun to relive the best years of your life. Walter and I started co-anchoring in 1973. I was 33. He was 36 or 37, I think. Now we’re over 70.”

In their first run with WBBM, the two anchored the 10:00 pm. news from 1973 until 1982. They then returned to the Chicago station in 2010. They announced their most recent departure in August last year, handing the reins of their 6:00 p.m. newscast to Rob Johnson and Kate Sullivan. Read more

Bill Kurtis, Walter Jacobson Stepping Down From WBBM Anchor Desk Next Year

WBBM evening anchor team Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson announced today that they will leave the 6 p.m. newscast in March of next year.

The pair, who gathered with colleagues to celebrate the second anniversary of their return to the Chicago CBS O&O, will hand the 6 p.m. newscast over to Rob Johnson and Kate Sullivan, who currently anchor the 5 and 10 p.m. newscast.

Kurtis and Jacobson anchored at 10 p.m. from 1973-82. It is not clear whether the pair will retire; Kurtis said he plans to focus on his other businesses.  Read more

Conan O’Brien Trains to Become TV Anchor with WBBM’s Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson

Leading up to his recent four-night stint at the Chicago Theatre, Conan O’Brien paid a visit to local CBS station WBBM, where he sat at the anchor desk with Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson and got some pointers on anchoring the news from the legendary duo (video above). Read more

New ‘Anchorman 2′ Teaser Trailer, Featuring WBBM’s Bill Kurtis, Now Out

A new teaser trailer for the upcoming “Anchorman” sequel was posted today on Funny Or Die. The video is similar to the one that’s been playing in theaters in front of “The Dictator” but it has the added benefit of narration from WBBM‘s Bill Kurtis, who narrated the first movie.

No word yet on what Kurtis’s involvement with the sequel will be. He did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.  Video after the jump… Read more

Former WBBM News Director John Madigan Dies

Former WBBM news director John Madigan has died from complications of a stroke, according to the station. He was 94.

The veteran newsman began his career in the 1930s as a reporter for the Chicago American newspaper. He moved to Washington, DC as a reporter for Newsweek; during his time there, he was the first moderator of CBS’ “Face the Nation.” He later joined WBBM, the Chicago CBS O&O, as news director, where he famously hired two of the station’s most high-profile journalists.

“CBS was his home,” his wife, Elizabeth, told the station. “He hired Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson.”

Madigan later moved to WBBM radio, where he was instrumental in the station’s transition to an all-news format in 1968. Read more

Jacksonville Newsers Hosting ‘Anchorman’-Inspired Street Fight

Like so many of your fellow local newsers, if you love the cult classic “Anchorman,” then you may want to head to Jacksonville, Florida this weekend.

In the spirit of the film, numerous Jax TV,  print, and radio newsrooms–including folks from WJXT, WTEV-WAWS, and First Coast News–are fielding teams to face off in tomorrow’s News Room Street Fight.  Journos will participate in a charity dodge ball tournament to benefit the Jacksonville Police Athletic League, with special appearances by Jacksonville Jaguars players Eben Britton and Rashad Jennings , and Ron Burgundy himself (sorry, no Will Ferrell – it’ll be a local actor dressed up).

Street Fight co-organizer Melissa Ross, a WJCT-FM anchor and former WOFL anchor, says that “since no one can forget the trident in the ‘Anchorman’ fight scene, an authentic golden trident trophy will be awarded to the winning news team!” Read more

Fire In Topeka Destroys Former WIBW Building

A fire in Topeka that destroyed the former WIBW building was intentionally set, according to the station’s website.

Fire broke out at vacant property around 5 p.m. yesterday evening. WIBW, the CBS-affiliate in Topeka, aired its first broadcast from the building in 1953 and shared the facility with a local radio station until 2001.

“There’s an awful lot of memories and history there,” former WIBW anchor Bill Kurtis told the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Watch a report on the fire from yesterday’s WIBW evening news after the jump. Read more

Bill Kurtis Smears Herman Cain Accuser Sharon Bialek, a Former CBS Employee, on Chicago Radio

Citing what he heard “in the elevator at work,” legendary WBBM anchor Bill Kurtis discredited Herman Cain accuser Sharon Bialek in a conversation last week on WLS-AM.

Speaking as a guest on WLS’s “The Roe Conn Show,” Kurtis said that Bialek, who worked for CBS in Chicago from 2006-2007, “has a history.”

“There’s a lot more to this story,” Kurtis said of Bialek’s account of sexual harrassment. “I ride in the elevator at work and I hear very quickly a different kind of story.” Read more

Chicago Declares Today ‘Bill Kurtis Day’

Legendary WBBM anchor Bill Kurtis is getting his own day.

Kurtis, who first joined WBBM in 1966 and currently co-anchors the CBS O&O’s 6 p.m. newscast with Walter Jacobson, will be honored at a gala tonight as city officials declare today “Bill Kurtis Day” in Chicago.

Kurtis will be recognized alongside his longtime partner Donna LaPietra (left, with Kurtis) for their “immeasurable contributions to the arts and our city,” according to WBBM.

Kurtis began as a reporter for the station in 1966 and joined Jacobson at the anchor desk in 1973, forming a duo that would rule Chicago TV news for decades.  Kurtis rejoined the station last year, reuniting with Jacobson.

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