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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.”

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Johnny Wood to Retire After 44 Years at WCYB

WCYB morning anchor Johnny Wood will retire at the end of this year after 44 years at the NBC affiliate in Bristol, Va.

“I cannot tell you how much that you mean to me, you all who have watched my work here all these years,” Wood said on Monday’s morning newscast. “All the wonderful thoughts and prayers, notes of encouragement and times of fun and laughter mean so much to me. You folks are a large part of what made this such a tough decision to make.”

Wood has worked at WCYB since 1968 and has been the station’s morning anchor since 1978. In a statement, general manager Jack D. Dempsey said Wood will leave “knowing that he’ll always be a part of our station and the News 5 team.” Read more