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Veteran anchor John Wilson sgined off at WTVT, on tonight’s 6 p.m. newscast. His final hour-long show featured words of praise from leaders in the Tampa Bay area, politicians, legal officials, CEO’s, sports figures and many more.
He delivered his final newscast surrounded by family and friends who came to watch at the station. After handing over the reigns to his son Mark Wilson, who will take over for Dad as lead male anchor for the 6 and 11pm newscasts, he spoke directly to the viwers.
Referring the languages spoken in the many countries in which he has reported from, John Wilson ended his final newscast with the following statement:
“So it’s done. Deep breath time,” he paused, voice catching. “Au revoir as I heard in Normandy, auf wiedersehen in Germany, hasta la vista in Cuba, and in Moscow, do svidaniya. Until we meet again, for we surely will. Thank you for watching, and on behalf of all of us here at Fox 13, I’m John Wilson. Goodnight, and farewell.”
Check out the video below as the folks at the syndicated TMZ honor and poke a little fun at the retiring John Wilson.
TMZ is syndicated daily at 7 pm, following the 6pm news hour. John Wilson is retiring tomorrow 11/26/14 after 50 years in television.
(from TampaBay.com) – John Wilson has skydived with men who stormed Normandy, rubbed shoulders with Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf in Saudi Arabia, looked a dying Ted Bundy in the eye. He does not cry at movies.
On this crisp Virginia evening, he is sitting, dry-eyed, in the center of the Paramount Theater, Row L, Seat 11, for the world premiere of the latest film featuring his youngest son, Patrick, the Broadway and Hollywood star. Patrick is the film’s male lead, the dreamy coal miner who woos an unlucky-in-love Ashley Judd. He’s up there on stage, waving to a sold-out house alongside his wife, sons and brother Paul.
John understands this kind of attention. He will retire Wednesday as the lead evening anchor at WTVT-Ch. 13, capping 33 years as one of Tampa Bay’s best-known newsmen, and he’s the patriarch of one of its most famous families — father not only to Patrick and Paul, but fellow news anchor Mark, who will fill his chair at WTVT. At these premieres, he blends into the scenery with his wife, Mary K….Cont….
WTVT lead anchor John Wilson told viewers on Halloween night that his last newscast would be at the end of November sweeps.
After more than 50 years in broadcasting, Wilson will anchor his final newscast the day before Thanksgiving, November 26th. His son, anchor Mark Wilson will take over the lead chair, upon Papa’s departure.
Check out Wilson’s “My View” segment, where he announces his retirement date and remembers the most unforgettable Florida stories of his career.