"I don't like goodbyes so I'm not going to use that word. Instead, I'm simply going to say 'Thank you.'"
After 36 years at 6ABC, longtime weekend anchor Rob Jennings signed off for the final time last night. He plans on retiring to his native Florida with his wife Karen, a former broadcast journalist herself. When Jennings announced his retirement in May, he joked that Karen was just excited ot have someone to watch football with.
Born in Miami, Jennings went into radio right after high school, switching to television news in 1966 and starting his job as a weekend anchor at 6abc in 1977. In addition to holding down the weekend chair, Jennings spent 16 years as the face and producer of Action News Crimefighters. The segment profiled criminals, leading to the arrest of nearly 200 suspects.
Last night, several 6-ers shared their well wishes:
Hail to @6abc's Rob Jennings. He will make history tonight with his sign off. Thanks Rob for making us so much better for 36 years.
— Jim Gardner (@Jim_Gardner) July 21, 2013
Upon Jennings' announcement, Gardner told me, ""In addition to his impressive abilities as a broadcast journalist, Rob is just an incredibly nice guy. He always shows a personal interest in you, and over 36 years, that's a lot of interest! I wish him and Karen so much happiness in this next phase of their lives."
So long...farewell Action News anchor Rob Jennings... http://t.co/B7wTzvATaj
— Kenneth Moton (@KennethMoton) July 22, 2013
— Melissa Magee (@Melissa_Magee) July 22, 2013
— Jamie Apody (@JamieApody) July 22, 2013
No word yet on who will take the weekend desk now that Jennings will be getting a tan in Florida, but I'll let you know as soon as I find out.
Watch Jennings sweet farewell below: