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Jim Sackett signs off…

After “33 years, 9 months and 15 days” at West Palm Beach’s WPTV, anchor Jim Sackett signed off the air 11/23/11.

Watch below.

//hattip to FTVLive


11 2011

Q&A with Jim Sackett: Why the rug Jim???

(from – WPTV’s Jim Sackett is getting ready to leave the anchor desk after 33 years at WPTV. Jim  took the time to answer questions he received from our Facebook friends.

Q&A with Jim Sackett:  Capt. Craig: Why the rug all those years back? I’m glad you took it off.

Jim: “It was a relief for me, too.  It was what the consultants wanted at the time.  They were of the opinion (I am convinced) that the one on-air credibility was directly proportional to the amount of hair on your head!”

Elsie Ortiz: What is the most memorable broadcast in your career and what would be your advice to the next generation of broadcasters?….Cont….


11 2011

Jim Sackett announces retirement from WPTV…

(from – After 33 years as an anchor at Florida’s top-rated television station, WPTV NewsChannel 5’s Jim Sackett has announced his plans to retire at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Michael Williams, co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. newscast.

“The incredible success of our newscasts is, in large part, due to Jim Sackett and his decades-long commitment to quality local news coverage,” said Steve Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV, which is owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company. “Viewers turn to NewsChannel 5 because they know they can trust Jim. He has become a household name and beloved member of our community.”

Sackett, 65, will continue to anchor the 6 p.m. news with Kelley Dunn, a 25-year WPTV journalist, through December 2. Effective June 1, Williams will begin co-anchoring the 11 p.m. newscast with Dunn….Cont….


05 2011

Sauer back on the air in WPB…

(from – Right on time for the all-important November ratings, Laurel Sauer’s back after more than two years off-the-air.

She’ll present a special segment on the 11 p.m. newscast on WPBF-Channel 25.

Sauer, 55, ruled television in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast while anchoring prime time news on WPTV-Channel 5 with Jim Sackett for 28 years.

But as Sauer battled cancer in 2008, she was bounced without even an on-air goodbye, apparently as a cost-cutting measure as the NBC-affiliate hired younger, cheaper talent….Cont….


10 2010