(from WKMG.com) – Longtime Channel 6 anchor and Central Florida television legend Ben Aycrigg died Tuesday night at his Maitland home of renal failure.
Aycrigg was 88 years old.
Aycrigg was the first television news reporter in Central Florida and began his career when Channel 6 launched in 1961 as the first television station in Central Florida, known then as WDBO, long before it was WKMG. Channel 6 started with 1 reporter (Aycrigg), 1 anchor, and 1 photojournalist.
Aycrigg started at a time when Central Florida was rapidly expanding and growth was the “biggest continuing news story we have,” as Aycrigg described it. Those were the days of film cameras, dark rooms, and ticker machines….Cont….