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Posts Tagged ‘Maury Povich’

WBBM’s Steve Baskerville Nearly Forgets 25 Year Anniversary: ‘It slipped by me’

Veteran WBBM meteorologist Steve Baskerville may have forgotten his 25th year anniversary at the Chicago CBS O&O if it wasn’t for a gentle reminder, according to Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder.

It wasn’t until I showed him a clip of my Sun-Times column reporting his arrival in 1987 that Baskerville realized he’d reached that milestone. “It slipped by me,” he said. “I’m really fortunate to stay employed so long. I made my Uncle B.C. proud. He thought the real security was learning how to fix TVs — not be on TV!”

Before joining WBBM as meteorologist, Baskerville was the weather anchor for “CBS This Morning” from 1984 to 1987.  Before that he worked at KYW in Philadelphia as weather anchor and co-host of a morning talk show with Maury Povich.

After the jump, you can watch a short video of Baskerville talking about how he got his start.

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Betty Endicott: The Trailblazing News Director Who Launched Brian Williams’ Career

In the debut episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” TV news luminary Brian Williams revealed that he owes much of his success to Betty Endicott, who gave him a shot as a reporter with WTTG in the early 80s.

Williams, who worked as a chyron operator for WTTG before being tapped for an on-air job, recalled that Endicott made “what might have been the last gut call in television.”

So who is Betty Endicott?

Endicott began her broadcasting career as a reporter for KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul, before moving on to WRC in Washington, D.C. Read more