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We were originally a Channel 7 Eyewitness News family because the old man occasionally drank with Roger Grimsby. Later on, I distinguished myself by moving to Channel 4 because I liked all things NBC, starting with Bryant Gumbel, and later Bob Costas, at the NFL Today, right on down to Chuck and Sue at 5. My grandmother was down with Jim Jensen on CBS.

Which local news team did you follow?

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1 garydsimms   ~  Jun 11, 2012 10:46 am

Bill Beutel...... and when I was a LITTLE kid, there was this crazed weatherman who dressed as an art5ist and did drawings, Tex Antoine I think his name was........

2 thelarmis   ~  Jun 11, 2012 11:05 am

gary gnu and the good morning news! ; )

3 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 11, 2012 11:18 am

[1] I remember that seemingly rummy well. He worked with a cartoon character, Mr. Weatherbee. In the 70's he got in trouble and fired for saying something like, " Confucius say, If rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it". Nice way to enrage women (and a lot of men), and all Chinese viewers.

4 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Jun 11, 2012 11:19 am

WNBC all the way.

Before Chuck and Sue there were Jack and Sue... and Betty Furness, Chauncey Howell, Marv Albert, Dr. Frank Field, Pia Lindstrom, Liz Smith, Bob Teague, David Diaz... with Don Pardo presiding over the whole family.

You got me feeling nostalgic and I found this: http://youtu.be/-vm3XxqO3IA. Now I feel like I have to do my geometry homework.

Then straight on into John Chancellor and David Brinkley, whose voices are my personal standard for what news sounds like, just like Ronnie's on Maple Street is what pizza tastes like.

5 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 11, 2012 11:42 am

I believe we were definitely down with Roger Grimsby and Bill Beutel first. John Johnson was also a favorite. Even Warner Wolf with his "let's go to the video tape" was fun early on.

6 Shaun P.   ~  Jun 11, 2012 11:44 am

[2] "And remember - no gnews is good gnews with Gary . . . Gnu."

7 thelarmis   ~  Jun 11, 2012 11:52 am

[6] ah...i was hoping someone here would remember!

8 RagingTartabull   ~  Jun 11, 2012 12:01 pm

WNBC, Chuck and Sue all the way. The mornings were Good Day on FOX. But I'm talking old Good Day...Jim Ryan era.

Although WABC always had the best promos:


9 Shaun P.   ~  Jun 11, 2012 12:12 pm

[7] Being an upstater, the only actual NYC programming we ever got was via WPIX and WNYW. I remember the Great Space Coaster fondly and have no idea who any of the actual news folks are that anyone else has mentioned.

I saw "actual NYC programming" because we also got WWOR, but their quality seemed to be sub-par compared to the others.

10 thelarmis   ~  Jun 11, 2012 12:19 pm

[9] haha, i was in queens & long island - either side of JFK - and have no idea who these other newscasters are either!

but, gary gnu - who can forget?!

btw folks, i'm headed to the Yankees game tonite at The Ted here in Rainlanta. terrible weather, but hopefully it'll be alright by this evening...

also, headed to the Yanks-Braves game next Monday - at The Stadium in da Bx! : )

11 thelarmis   ~  Jun 11, 2012 12:20 pm

why in the world would my last comment be awaiting moderation??? completely benign and zero cursing. good lord, word press is beyond awful. : /

12 rbj   ~  Jun 11, 2012 1:12 pm

WABC all the way for the 6 pm news. Though we'd go to WNEW for the 10 o'clock news. It's 10 pm, do you know where your children are.

[3] Saw it as it happened. He was following a rape story, and in those days they were told to have light, happy banter. Still an incredibly insensitive (to put it mildly) remark, but it ended his career. They did a bio of him later on and it was clear he was a broken man.

13 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 11, 2012 1:56 pm

John Johnson. Wow. Good memories. And yup, I remember when Marv was doing sports.

14 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 11, 2012 2:25 pm

Who was that kooky weatherman who'd give shout-outs every night? As in, "Helooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, BENSONHURST!"?

I remember watching channel 2 and channel 11, the latter with Donna Hannover, who became "Donner" Hannover Giuliani.

15 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 11, 2012 2:29 pm

Oh, and what's her face! The one from channel 9...Sarah Lee Kessler. I actually ended up working with her for a short spell during my days in the newsroom at Newsradio 88.

16 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 11, 2012 2:30 pm

(She only made an impression on me as a kid (of course) because her name was Sarah Lee, which amused me to no end.)

17 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 11, 2012 2:32 pm

Oh, and of course there was Michelle Marsh...what was she, channel 2, right? I had the hots for her.

18 Yankee Mama   ~  Jun 11, 2012 7:36 pm

I remember, "And Tex Antoine with the weather."

Channel 4 with Chuck and Sue in the '80s, for sure.

19 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 12, 2012 8:59 am

Michelle Marsh was a betty.

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