As part of the over-saturation and shark jumping that is Ron Burgundy lately, The Tampa Tribune cut to the heart of his appeal by asking local news types both past and present about the accuracy of Will Ferrell‘s portrayal of the news anchor in the movies “Anchorman” and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”
TVSpy believes part of the appeal of the ridiculousness that is Burgundy is because anyone who has worked in TV news, whether local or national, can probably tell one story that sounds like it was pulled from one of the Anchorman movies.
The Tribune has more:
Burgundy is a silly stereotype that we immediately recognize. It’s an easy parody because there were real versions of Ron Burgundy out there in TV land in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. And some can even be found at anchor desks today.
Just ask any local TV news staffer and you can get a Burgundy-like memory.
“I have been anchoring the real news for about 45 years and have sadly met many, worked with a few and fired one,” says Fox 13 anchor John Wilson of WTVT, Channel 13.
“Ron Burgundy is truly an amalgam of a lot of the old-school ‘I am the news’ men which I have seen in various forms from Baltimore to Greensboro to here,” says reporter Bill Logan of ABC Action News on WFTS, Channel 28. Read more