Good night, everybody, and be kind

Tonight brings the final evening news broadcast of northern Minnesota newsman Dennis Anderson. He’ll anchor his final edition of WDIO/WIRT Eyewitness News at 6 and 10. the ABC affiliate in the Duluth, Minnesota, market.

While the final broadcast of some news professional happens fairly often, Anderson’s career has greatly impacted the region’s quality of journalism for the better. Congratulations on the retirement, Denny. Your parting words on each night’s broadcast, “Good night, everybody, and be kind,” have never been more important.

The Duluth News Tribune’s “News Attic” posted some great Denny Anderson material, including this complete 1973 broadcast of the evening news (First of five parts, worth watching not just for Anderson but a glimpse at the news and commercials of the time). This was a pre-toupee Denny in a time when the program would open with a direct insult by the weatherman over Anderson’s lack of hair. Truly a bygone day.

If you get a chance, pick up Anderson’s book “Good Night, Everybody, and be Kind.” It’s a wonderful recollection of the formative days of TV journalism in the Duluth and Iron Range region.

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