Release: Legendary WKTV anchor Bill Worden announces retirement

For Immediate Release:
LEGENDARY WKTV ANCHOR BILL WORDEN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Recently Celebrated 35 years as 6:00pm/11:00pm News Anchor

(Utica, NY) - WKTV anchor Bill Worden announced his retirement Thursday on NewsChannel 2 at 6:00pm. Worden, a Herkimer native, is a broadcasting icon in Central New York, having been in the 6:00pm and 11:00pm anchor chair since 1977, leading one of the most successful local news operations in the country. “I treasure my years with WKTV and the people I’ve been honored to work with, including some of the original members of the station, who were still here when I started,” says Worden. “But, it’s simply time to do this.”

“For more than three decades, Bill has been a fixture in Central New Yorkers’ homes. Tens of thousands of local residents have grown up watching Bill deliver the biggest stories that helped shape this region,” said Steve McMurray, Station Manager and News Director at WKTV. “He is not just a newscaster, he’s an institution - one that I’ve been fortunate to watch, learn from, and work alongside. I wish Bill many happy years in retirement. We are all better off for his time at NewsChannel 2.”

"Bill Worden is the kind of respected journalist who makes NBC mean something," said Steve Capus, President of NBC News. "The network, after all is a collection of cities and small towns across this great country, and there is no doubt, in Central New York, Bill has represented NBC with distinction. We wish him the best after 35 remarkable years.”

“Television has always been about change, and being willing to adapt to that change. That’s one thing that’s kept my career going all these years”, added Worden. “WKTV is not just a television station; it’s an historic television station and will continue to set the standard for television in the Mohawk Valley for years to come.”

Worden will continue to anchor NewsChannel 2 at 6:00pm this month with his final show scheduled for November 29th. McMurray said the station will announce new anchor lineups early next week.

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