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Long time talk show host Larry King has sadly passed away this morning at the age of 87.   

He appeared in a lot of late-night ESPN telecasts too.    

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I wonder how quickly the station knew about it. They didn't cover the actual crash, and made no mention of it in the 6:00 news. The weekday team anchored at 10:00 and dedicated the whole a-block to Barry. They had an obituary pkg and a string of soundbites from various writers, sportscasters, coaches and the mayor.

 

Friday night's aircheck is still in the KFOR queue. He didn't even technically say goodbye for the night. The last thing he did was toss to a golf package, and the show ended on that story.

 

This is how he started his sportscast Friday.

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I saw part of what ended up being BBJ's last broadcast. They must have run out of time for a proper close to that night's Friday Sports Overtime, and just simply threw the copyright on-screen instead.

 

KFOR and WWLS did exemplary coverage of Barry's passing; I loved hearing the stories that his colleagues, friends and even strangers had to share about him. Growing up watching Bob, Sr. and Bob, Sr., it's jarring that there won't be a Barry covering sports at KFOR. They were pros at what they do, and I was surprised to find out that Bob, Jr. even sometimes ad-libbed entire sportscasts. On one hand, the fact that Bob, Jr. left this earth to join Bob, Sr. the day before Father's Day is in its own weird way, very fitting and a comfort that he was reunited with his dad in time for the holiday, but at the same time, you feel for his wife and four adult children, who won't spend another Father's Day with him again until they pass on.

 

Side note: 26-year-old Gustavo Gutierrez, whom performed the illegal U-turn that resulted in Barry crashing his motorscooter into his car, was booked on complaints of manslaughter, making an illegal U-turn, causing an accident without a driver’s license and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (a white substance found on him at the scene by officers tested positive for cocaine). He's also on immigration hold until his legal status is determined, as he only provided a Mexican ID to officers, preventing him from being set free even if he posts $18,500 bond. Gutierrez was arraigned on the complaints yesterday (June 22) via video link from the Oklahoma County Jail, and drug tests are being done to determine whether he had any cocaine or other substances in his system when the crash happened.

 

http://newsok.com/other-driver-in-accident-that-killed-bob-barry-jr.-makes-first-court-appearance/article/5429195

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Sad news out of Santa Barbara today, former KEYT anchor Debby Davison died yesterday after a long battle with breast cancer. Davison worked in Florida and Tucson, AZ then moved to KTLA

in Los Angeles where she anchored the News at Ten with the late Hal Fishman from 1980 to 1986. Then she moved to Santa Barbara from KEYT NewsChannel 3 then known as KEY News 3

where Debby anchored from 1990 to her retirement in 2006.

 

Davidon survived by her husband and two sons. TVNT would like to offer our condolences to Debby's family and to her extended family at KEYT NewsChannel 3.

 

Debby, we love you, and we'll miss you... Godspeed.

 

http://www.keyt.com/news/former-keyt-anchor-debby-davison-loses-long-battle-to-cancer/34047202

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I'm sure if you grew up in the Buffalo, NY area; you properly remember Van Miller. The legendary voice of the Buffalo Bills and longtime Sports Director at CBS station WIVB

died yesterday evening. Van was the play-by-play voice of the Bills for 37 years and worked at WIVB (then WBEN) for 43 remarkable years before retiring in 1998.

 

Van survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Gloria, daughter Cathy, and son Van Jr. and three grandchildren. TVNewsTalk would like to take this time to offer our sincere

condolences and prayers to Van Miller's family and to our friends and colleagues at WIVB News 4. Van Miller was 87.

 

Van, you're a legend in our hearts and you're a hall of famer in our book. Rest in Peace and Godspeed.

 

Van Miller

(1928-2015)

 

http://wivb.com/2015/07/18/legendary-sportscaster-van-miller-dies-at-87/

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I'm sure if you grew up in the Buffalo, NY area; you properly remember Van Miller. The legendary voice of the Buffalo Bills and longtime Sports Director at CBS station WIVB

died yesterday evening. Van was the play-by-play voice of the Bills for 37 years and worked at WIVB (then WBEN) for 43 remarkable years before retiring in 1998.

 

Van survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Gloria, daughter Cathy, and son Van Jr. and three grandchildren. TVNewsTalk would like to take this time to offer our sincere

condolences and prayers to Van Miller's family and to our friends and colleagues at WIVB News 4. Van Miller was 87.

 

Van, you're a legend in our hearts and you're a hall of famer in our book. Rest in Peace and Godspeed.

 

Van Miller

(1928-2015)

 

http://wivb.com/2015/07/18/legendary-sportscaster-van-miller-dies-at-87/

 

Obviously, I'm far more familiar with his Buffalo Bills work from NFL Films footage from the early 1990s; and I concur.

 

WIVB's Jacquie Walker had a touching comment about when she and a few others from the station made their last visit.

 

 

News 4 anchor Jacquie Walker recalls, “He was not able to speak during the visit. You could tell that he really wanted to, but as we were leaving, we were at the door, he raised his hand. We all turned around and looked at him, and Van said one word: And that world was ‘Fandaemonium. That’s the last word I heard Van say, and I think it means he was really thinking of the fans.”

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Sad news out of New Orleans, former longtime WWL Meteorologist Don Westbrook passed away after a brief illness on Monday. Westbrook whose destinctive voice both WWL-TV weather

forecasts and commercials for the TV station and various clients during his 39-year career, Westbrook retired from WWL in 1999. Don Westbrook survived by his daughters, Diane and Laura;

a brother; and two grandchildren.

 

TVNewsTalk would like to offer our condolences to The Westbrook Family and our friends at WWL Channel 4 Eyewitness News.

 

Don Westbrook was 79.

 

Godspeed, Don.

 

http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/2015/07/22/legendary-wwl-tv-broadcaster-don-westbrook-dies-at-79/30517569/

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We've lost two big veterans in New Orleans news. Last week, it was former WWL forecaster/announcer Don Westbrook. Today, we all learned that Andre Trevigne, formerly of WWL-TV's Eyewitness Morning News, WGNO's evening newscasts, WWL Radio and WRNO-FM died yesterday at a NOLA-area hospice. She was 66.

 

http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/2015/07/28/former-wwl-morning-anchor-radio-host-andre-trevigne-dies/30780837/

 

http://www.nola.com/tv/index.ssf/2015/07/andre_trevigne_a_new_orleans_f.html#incart_river

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We've lost two big veterans in New Orleans news. Last week, it was former WWL forecaster/announcer Don Westbrook. Today, we all learned that Andre Trevigne, formerly of WWL-TV, WGNO, WWL Radio and WRNO-FM died yesterday at a NOLA-area hospice. She was 65.

 

http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/2015/07/28/former-wwl-morning-anchor-radio-host-andre-trevigne-dies/30780837/

 

That leaves Eric Paulsen as the only surviving member left of the original "Eyewitness Morning News" when it debuted on 4WWL-TV in the 70s.
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Harry Volkman has died at the age of 89. He died at a nursing home in Des Plaines (near Chicago).

 

He worked for every station in Chicago but WLS, but prior to coming to Chicago in 1959, he worked in Oklahoma, where he famously issued the first public tornado warning while on the staff of WKY-TV in Oklahoma City. (He also briefly worked for KOTV Tulsa.)

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Sad news out of Seattle and especially at KIRO-TV. Chris Legeros long time reporter for the station passed away today after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He leaves behind a wife Julie and 2 daughters Elena & Anna. Sending thoughts and prayers to his friends and colleagues at KIRO and to his family.

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/legeros/nmg89/

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More sad news, this time from Albany. The Times-Union there reports that longtime WRGB anchor Ed O'Brien has died of cancer. He was 59.

 

On behalf of all of us here at TVNT, my sincere condolences and prayers to Mr. O'Brien's family and colleagues.

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Sad news out of the San Francisco Bay Area:

 

PAT MCCORMICK: We're sad to share that former KTVU personality' date=' Pat McCormick, has died at the age of 82. McCormick was the man behind the popular shows 'Dialing for Dollars' and 'Charlie and Humphrey.' He also did the weather on KTVU's 10 o'clock News. He will be greatly missed.[/quote']

 

He was also a part of "2 at Noon" during that short-lived newscast (at the time). KTVU also posted links to classic moments (3 of them) of 'Charlie and Humphrey' under this post on Facebook.

 

He will be missed and condolences to Pat's family and loved ones from all of us at TVNT.

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I want to take this time to pay tribute to a Milwaukee news legend. It was 20 years ago this week, Milwaukee Television and WITI-TV6 would never be

the same. If you remember Vince Gibbens, he was the most trusted anchor to watch on Milwaukee TV, he was the best.

 

Gibbens anchored at WISN in the mid or late 1970s, then joined WITI in the early 1980s, and then did a 3 1/2 year stint at Baltimore's WBAL-TV, Vince return home to Milwaukee for a second stint at WITI with his co-anchor Joyce Garbaciak pictured with Vince in the early-mid 90s. Sadly, on Nov. 15, 1995; Gibbens died of a heart attack at his home in Milwaukee. Gibbens was 46 years old.

 

Vince Gibbens was a trusted news anchor, a family man with a beloved wife and five children. He took his family seriously, he took his job seriously, and he took

his life seriously. I was just a kid growing up here in Big D and I've never heard of Vince Gibbens till I saw some clips of him in his early years in Milwaukee

and Baltimore TV, and I remember one time his colleagues and friends calling him Captain Ad-Lib.

 

Gibbens is a legend, a communicator, and a well respected broadcaster. And we at TVNT want to take this time to honor and pay tribute to Vince Gibbens

for his years in Milwaukee and Baltimore Television and for his dedication to broadcasting.

 

Thank You Vince, and Godspeed.

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I want to take this time to pay tribute to a Milwaukee news legend. It was 20 years ago this week, Milwaukee Television and WITI-TV6 would never be

the same. If you remember Vince Gibbens, he was the most trusted anchor to watch on Milwaukee TV, he was the best.

 

Gibbens anchored at WISN in the mid or late 1970s, then joined WITI in the early 1980s, and then did a 3 1/2 year stint at Baltimore's WBAL-TV, Vince return home to Milwaukee for a second stint at WITI with his co-anchor Joyce Garbaciak pictured with Vince in the early-mid 90s. Sadly, on Nov. 15, 1995; Gibbens died of a heart attack

at his home in Milwaukee. Gibbens 46 years old.

 

Vince Gibbens is a trusted news anchor, a family man with a beloved wife and five children. He took his family seriously, he took his job seriously, and he took

his life seriously. I was just a kid growing up here in Big D and I've never heard to Vince Gibbens till I saw some clips of him in his early years in Milwaukee

and Baltimore TV, and I remember one time his colleagues and friends calling him Captain Ad-Lib.

 

Gibbens is a legend, a communicator, and a well respected broadcaster. And we at TVNT want to take this time to honor and pay tribute to Vince Gibbens

for his years in Milwaukee and Baltimore Television and for his dedication to broadcasting.

 

Thank You Vince, and Godspeed.

 

It's even sadder if you never knew him or his work and should have. RIP Vince. You not only made WITI better, but also WISN better, just for being there.

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Royal "Park" Pollokoff a long time Baltimore anchor and presenter has passed away. He was one of WJZ's first anchors when it was still WAAM from 1951-1962. He then switched to WBAL that year and stayed with the station until 1994. While he was at WBAL he reported the news, played P.W. Doodle, hosted Pinbusters and Bowling for Dollars in addition to being an announcer. He is predeceased by his wife Phyllis (who passed away in December 2014) and leaves behind two of his three children, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Condolences go out to his family.

 

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/01/08/one-of-wjzs-first-anchormen-royal-parker-has-passed-away/

http://m.wbaltv.com/news/longtime-baltimore-tv-broadcaster-royal-parker-dies-at-86/37335332

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Sad news coming out of Baltimore, it is with a very heavy heart to tell you that former WMAR/WJLA anchor/reporter Jack Bowden had passed away

of leukemia Wednesday. Bowden spent 21 tears at WMAR before leaving the station in 1988 in a contract dispute. Bowden then worked at ABC station

WJLA-TV Washington DC from 1991-98.

 

Bowden leaves behind his beloved wife of 36 years (Former WMAR Anchor/Reporter) Susan White-Bowden, his son CJ, his two stepdaughters seven

grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 

TVNT would also like to offer our condolences to the Bowden family and to former colleagues at WMAR ABC 2 and WJLA ABC 7.

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Sad news out of San Antonio, and it is with a very heavy heart to tell you that retired long-time KENS 5/KMOL (Now WOAI) anchor Fred Lozano died today

after a 1 1/2 year personal battle with leukemia. Lozano first worked at WOAI/KMOL in 1972, then jumped to KENS-TV in 1977 before moving to back KMOL (Now WOAI) in the mid 90s and back to KENS 5 in the late 90s. Lozano retired from KENS 5 in 2012, he leave behind his former wife and anchor (Karen Chapman) and his three children.

 

TVNT would like to offer our prayers and condlences to the family of Fred Lozano and the staff of KENS 5.

http://www.kens5.com/story/news/local/2016/02/24/former-kens-5-anchor-fred-lozano-passes-away/80873168/

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/former-san-antonio-anchor-fred-lozano-dies

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Sad news out of San Antonio, and it is with a very heavy heart to tell you that retired long-time KENS 5/KMOL (Now WOAI) anchor Fred Lozano died today

after a 1 1/2 year personal battle with leukemia. Lozano first worked at WOAI/KMOL in 1972, then jumped to KENS-TV in 1977 before moving to back KMOL (Now WOAI) in the mid 90s and back to KENS 5 in the late 90s. Lozano retired from KENS 5 in 2012, he leave behind his former wife and anchor (Karen Chapman) and his three children.

 

TVNT would like to offer our prayers and condlences to the family of Fred Lozano and the staff of KENS 5.

http://www.kens5.com/story/news/local/2016/02/24/former-kens-5-anchor-fred-lozano-passes-away/80873168/

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/former-san-antonio-anchor-fred-lozano-dies

 

Oh wow. What a great anchor he was to San Antonio and I bet he would've been a great person to know, personally.

 

RIP Fred. You made San Antonio TV news, a whole lot better for what you've done. Bravo.

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BREAKING NEWS: We're sad to tell you today that WNEM TV5 main anchor Sam Merrill has died. Merrill collapsed at his home today leaving behind his wife, Kathy, and son, James.

 

TVNewsTalk would like to take this time offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Sam Merrill and to the staff and management at WNEM TV5.

http://www.wnem.com/story/31316314/remembering-tv5s-sam-merrill

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BREAKING NEWS: We're sad to tell you today that Sam Merrill has died. Merrill collapsed at his home today leaving behind his wife, Kathy, and son, James.

TVNewsTalk would like to take this time offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Sam Merrill and to the staff and management at WNEM TV5.

http://www.wnem.com/story/31316314/remembering-tv5s-sam-merrill

 

Well you know what they say everything happens in threes.

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