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    A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    I was greatly saddened to hear the news this morning that KTLA's veteran anchorman Hal Fishman had died.

    In my view, he stands as one of the best - especially in this era of blow-dried Ron Burgundy types who can barely read a prompter.

    My first memories of him go back to when ha was a co-anchor with George Putnam.

    A sad day indeed for Los Angeles TV news.

    Prayers to his family.

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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    Rest in Peace Hal. You'll be missed.

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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    That is so sad.

    I can't ever remember a time when he wasn't on tv.
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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    Here is a segment from the story on ktla.com...

    Legendary KTLA Anchorman Hal Fishman, the longest-running anchor in television history, and a presence in Los Angeles broadcasting for nearly five decades that many in the city grew up knowing and trusting, has died at the age of 75. Hal's strong connection with Southern Californians, along with his journalistic integrity, made him one of the brightest stars in KTLA's 60-year history.

    Hal was on track for a career as a college professor when television station KCOP invited him to teach an on-air class in politics in 1960. He agreed, and "American Political Parties in Politics" became so successful that the station asked him back to anchor his own segment on the news. Hal made the jump to KTLA in 1965, the year of the Watts riots. His coverage of that event helped KTLA win an Emmy and a Peabody Award.
    He died of a cancer that had only been made public a few years back. He was well known as an accomplished pilot and knew so much about so many things...unlike most of the anchors today, in my opinion he was one of the few who knew what he was talking about when he couldn't rely on a teleprompter.

    A part of so many of our lives in SoCal for so many years. I heard today that he was personally hired by Gene Autry when he still owned the station.

    42 years at one station...that's unheard of (unless your name is Stan Chambers).

    Rest In Peace, indeed.

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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaJenn View Post
    I can't ever remember a time when he wasn't on tv.
    Same here.


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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    I have only been in SoCal less than 3 years. When we moved here, I was looking for the news I would be watching at night. Without a doubt, I latched onto KTLA because of Hal Fishman. I had noticed that he hasn't been on for a few nights. I did not realize he was sick - just thought he was on vacation.

    I haven't "known" him long, but it definitely brought a tear to my eye to hear of his passing.

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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    On KTLA they said he was the basis for the anchorman on the Simpsons...

    I grew up on KTLA news. I watched the Rose Parade and pre-parade coverage every year (getting up at like 4am to watch the coverage) and I remember him and Stan Chambers being these old guys on the show but seeing Stan this morning... that's what shook me.

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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaJenn View Post
    That is so sad.

    I can't ever remember a time when he wasn't on tv.
    So, so true.

    I grew up watching him on KTLA news at 10. The news won't be the same without him.
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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    This is really sad news for sure! Someone who has been in my home for pretty much every night of 3 quarters of my life is now gone and I will miss him dearly.

    I bet my dad would love his job! Although his commentaries would take the entire newscast!

    I miss you, Hal...

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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    Slightly off-topic....I so well remember Fishman when he first came to KTLA to co-anchor with the great George Putnam, who always read the news in "present" tense...and whose commentaries were so conservative that they made Rush Limbaugh look like a wet behind the ears liberal.

    Putnam and Fishman I believe were also both part of a short-lived experiment called "Talk Back To The News"...where a studio audience could ask questions or make comments about the newscast right after they were done. This was 1971 I believe.

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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    I have a feeling that KTLA knew something was going to happen so they've been prepping Carlos Am (can't spell his name I am sorry) for the news at 10pm and then leaving Frank Buckley in the am. I like Frank kinda' wouldn't be opposed to him in the morning.

    And they were talking about "Talk Back to the News" this morning on KTLA and how Hal loved the audience but wanted to report the news.
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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    Quote Originally Posted by knittingknerd View Post
    On KTLA they said he was the basis for the anchorman on the Simpsons...

    That's also what the Simpsons people say as well in one of the audio commentaries.


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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    Quote Originally Posted by knittingknerd View Post
    I have a feeling that KTLA knew something was going to happen so they've been prepping Carlos Am (can't spell his name I am sorry) for the news at 10pm and then leaving Frank Buckley in the am. I like Frank kinda' wouldn't be opposed to him in the morning.

    And they were talking about "Talk Back to the News" this morning on KTLA and how Hal loved the audience but wanted to report the news.
    Carlos Amezcua. I've seen him so much on the "happy talk morning news" that it might take me a while to get used to him in the new role.
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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    Another legend gone. I grew up watching him and will miss him.

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    Re: A Southern California News Legend - KTLA's Hal Fishman - Dies

    See I don't mind Carlos at night but that's because I really like Frank Buckley. I have a question about the 10pm news with Hal: why did they always have Hal with a younger female anchor?

    Carlos has back trouble. He was out for like 6 weeks awhile ago because he was surfing and hurt his back

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