Matt Lauer leaving The Today Show. Katie Couric saying goodbye to CBS Evening News. Oprah ditching her show later this year. What's going on? How will we ever recover without those familiar faces spewing useless news at us during the morning, afternoon, and night. Eh, we'll get over it. Miamians already know what it's like to lose trusted faces in our local news coverage. In fact, over the past two decades we've said goodbye to everyone we hold dear on our local news broadcasts.
In case you already forgot about them, we decided to put together our own legendary news team. It's made up of a sports reporter, weatherman, anchors, and a wild card reporter. Sure, they were no Walter Cronkites or David Brinkleys, but at least they were ours.
5. Tony Segreto: Sports
Though he covered all kinds of news
throughout his 40 years of broadcasting (including interviewing
presidents and covering Hurricane Andrew) we like to remember Tony for
his sports coverage. He retired in 2009. This is what he looked like in
1974 when not even on air talent was concerned about cool eyeglasses or
4. Ann Bishop: Anchor
grand dame of South Florida news, watching Ann deliver the news was
like having your grandmother read you a bedtime story - it was that
comforting. She teamed with Dwight Lauderdale and legitimized South
Florida in many respects. She was the first female broadcaster to
co-anchor the evening news in a major market. Think the real life
Christina Applegate in Anchorman. Bishop retired in 1995 and passed away a couple of years later. But she'll always be with us.
3. Dwight Lauderdale: Anchor
Dwight, where have you gone. The first black news anchor in South
Florida, and one of the longest serving in all of the state (retired in
2008), Dwight could give good oratory. We always wanted to run our
fingers through his hair--it just looked so damn healthy.
2. Don Noe: Weatherman
Though this pint-sized
weatherman looks the part of the goofball meteorologist, his delivery
was pretty straightforward. He spent 34 years talking about heat and
humidity in South Florida, like the rest of us, before retiring in 2007.
If you grew up in down here, chances are you sat through one of his
thousands of Mr. Wizard science lectures when he visited local schools.
1. Rick Sanchez, the Wildcard Reporter
with this Hialeah bad boy. He's just as likely to show up on your
doorstep with his sleeves rolled up asking about a burglary (like he did
as a reporter in his early days), as he was to run your ass over after
having a few too many, or to spew some anti-Semitic remarks at you like
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he did at Jon Stewart and get his ass fired from CNN. Unfortunately for
Rick, he seems to have been the story as often as he reported it. And it
wasn't good news.