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KNBC’s Fritz Coleman is retiring

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Is he "out" or retiring, because the former makes it sound like he was fired.

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Retiring. Don't think the station would put together a 4min video of his career (in the original link) if there were nefarious circumstances. I figured retirement was on the horizon when he reduced his schedule to just the 5pm/11pm maybe 1.5-2yrs ago when Anthony Yanez arrived from Houston. He was doing 5p, 6p and 11pm previously. If you go way back in the day, he was doing 4p, 5p, 6p and 11p when the station originally launched the 4pm news back in the 80s

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmQdcG4BuUM

 

An old 1980s Channel 4 News promo with Fritz for good measure as well.

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Anthony Yáñez takes over for Fritz on the 5 & 11 pm shows beginning June 29th. He will continue to forecast the weather for the 6 pm show as well. No word yet on who replaces Yáñez at 4 pm. 

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I just watched the retrospective video. Why wouldn't they have one of his longtime co-workers track the piece? Having the voiceover guy do it just sounds so impersonal.

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Remember when Fritz Coleman used to do stand up spots on Carson?

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5 hours ago, qunewsguy said:

I just watched the retrospective video. Why wouldn't they have one of his longtime co-workers track the piece? Having the voiceover guy do it just sounds so impersonal.

He doesn’t leave until the 26th. I’m sure they’ll have many colleagues talking with and about him that evening and the next week. 

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1 hour ago, Metrodonmartin said:

He doesn’t leave until the 26th. I’m sure they’ll have many colleagues talking with and about him that evening and the next week. 

Especially Fritz’s predecessor Pat Sajak (who left KNBC to do some show called Wheel Of Fortune across the lot)!

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20 hours ago, johnnya2k6 said:

Especially Fritz’s predecessor Pat Sajak (who left KNBC to do some show called Wheel Of Fortune across the lot)!

 

Coleman did not replace Sajak.  Kevin O'Connell was KNBC's weatherman from 1982 (Sajak's departure) to 1985 (when O'Connell went to KCBS).

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On 6/17/2020 at 9:53 PM, johnnya2k6 said:

Especially Fritz’s predecessor Pat Sajak (who left KNBC to do some show called Wheel Of Fortune across the lot)!

WOF used to tape in Burbank? Thought they were always in Culver City with Jeopardy 

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10 hours ago, nbc9houston said:

 

Coleman did not replace Sajak.  Kevin O'Connell was KNBC's weatherman from 1982 (Sajak's departure) to 1985 (when O'Connell went to KCBS).

Right; Fritz joined as weekend weatherman before moving to weeknights (when News 4 LA became Channel 4 News).

 

And oh yeah...O’Connell did that short-lived game show GO just a few stages down.

4 minutes ago, bogusabc7breakingnews said:

WOF used to tape in Burbank? Thought they were always in Culver City with Jeopardy 

Since 1995, yes (Wheel first taped at NBC in Burbank and later (CBS) Television City).

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On 6/17/2020 at 1:25 PM, bogusabc7breakingnews said:

Legendary Television Broadcaster Fritz Coleman Retiring From NBC4 After Nearly Forty Years 
 

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/legendary-television-broadcaster-fritz-coleman-retiring-from-nbc4-after-nearly-forty-years/2381619/ 

 

those are some crystal clear archive clips - good to see KNBC preserved so much - but odd to have the announcer voicing the story instead of chuck, colleen, or fred

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