Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

It’s a strange day in the WDSU newsroom.

My friend and colleague Norman Robinson is retiring after 36 years in New Orleans and 24 years at WDSU. That’s a heck of a run in local news. Norman signs off after the 6 p.m. newscast tonight. I like to tell him that I grew up watching him (he loves that). But that’s what made it such an honor to anchor newscasts next to him, including the 10 p.m., which we anchored together for a couple of years. It was even more of an honor for me to write the piece we’ll run during the 6:00 news recapping Norman’s great run in local and national news. I will miss him. The newsroom won’t be the same next week.

Below is an excerpt from my story that will air at 6:00. I think it sums up what he did for us and what he meant to us as a news anchor.

“THROUGH CHANGES TO THE CITY TO THE STATION AND IN OUR DAILY LIVES, NORMAN HAS BEEN A CONSTANT — A COMFORTABLE AND RELIABLE PRESENCE, GUIDING VIEWERS THROUGH TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH. PAIN AND PROGRESS.”

Here’s what I wrote last year when Norman transitioned to part-time status and anchored his final 10 p.m. newscast.

Through it all, we certainly had a great time. Best of luck in the next chapter, Norman.

Scroll down for pictures after the videos.

 

 

Advertisements

Comments

  1. Verdell stone says:

    Norman (and Sally-Ann) made the decision to work in local news so much easier when I was growing up. It was at an early age where I saw Norman on TV and knew I wanted to be where he was, working stories, breaking news and telling the story that the public needed to hear. I didn’t get my wish to work a story with him, but his storytelling will live on. Follow in the shadow of greatness in local broadcasting, Scott, and you too shall become legendary.