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Ed Hopkins dead of pancreatic cancer

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On 8/28/2019 at 6:31 PM, Info Junkie said:

Makes you wonder if Ed Hopkins is retiring or if he just passed away. He is still doing promos for the news and the opens, of course.

 

A few weeks premature, but yes, Ed passed away in recent days, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

 

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Hope you don't mind me splitting this out. Hopkins did a lot of work we recognize and obviously enjoyed a lengthy and successful voice career.

 

WNYT themselves apparently put out a story yesterday, something I can't recall being common for TV stations to do. He is survived by a wife, son and 14-year-old daughter, though nothing I'm seeing mentions his age.

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I’m already flabbergasted. Ed was a large piece of my childhood, and he’ll be in a better place, along with all the other guys, including this guy that also did work at WNYT in the 90s:

 

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I first heard his voice when I received KNBC on a satellite dish in the spring of 2000, and he would later became the VO a WMAQ later that September (both KNBC & WMAQ debuted similar graphics & 615's The Tower), as the Sydney games was beginning.

 

Rest in peace, Eddie.

45 minutes ago, Samantha said:

Hope you don't mind me splitting this out. Hopkins did a lot of work we recognize and obviously enjoyed a lengthy and successful voice career.

 

WNYT themselves apparently put out a story yesterday, something I can't recall being common for TV stations to do. He is survived by a wife, son and 14-year-old daughter, though nothing I'm seeing mentions his age.

 

I remember back in 2008, WHBQ did a story about their VO Chris Clausen when he passed away. The original link of the story is dead, but this blog shows a picture of Clausen from that story. 

 

But yes its rare for a station to put a story out about a death of one of their voiceover talents.

 

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WPTV used Hopkins from about the mid-1980’s to 2005, when he was replaced by the late Chris Clausen, until His passing in 2008.

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WTHI finally switched to a new voice over guy. I know I’ve heard him before, and he’s not bad, but he just doesn’t seem to fit on WTHI. 

 

I’ve grown up hearing Ed on WTHI since I was born. This new guy certainly going to take some getting used too. 
 

Here’s a topical featuring his voice. 
https://www.facebook.com/65409576342/posts/10157357451371343?sfns=mo

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1 hour ago, HoosierNewsie said:

WTHI finally switched to a new voice over guy. I know I’ve heard him before, and he’s not bad, but he just doesn’t seem to fit on WTHI. 

 

I’ve grown up hearing Ed on WTHI since I was born. This new guy certainly going to take some getting used too. 
 

Here’s a topical featuring his voice. 
https://www.facebook.com/65409576342/posts/10157357451371343?sfns=mo

The new vo is Jeff Laurence, however the opens haven't been updated yet.

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On 10/16/2019 at 10:57 PM, RGSJenkins said:

The new vo is Jeff Laurence, however the opens haven't been updated yet.

I'm wondering if that's the same Jeff Laurence that used to be a radio DJ (once hosted a Saturday Night show on Atlanta radio station WSB-FM, known to Atlanta radio listeners as B98.5, till about 2001/2002-ish).  His voice sounds familiar.

I could see Laurence becoming new voice to more local TV station newscasts in the near future, and maybe replacing any voiceover artists mulling retirement.

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I didn't know he was even gone. Damn. Now I've very sad because I was chatting with him earlier this year about our mutual vo work. This really hurts because he was a nice guy.

 

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