Homer Venske, 92, better known to Philadelphia TV viewers as longtime Channel 3 news anchor Vince Leonard, has died, the station reports.
Mr. Leonard, who had been battling liver cancer, died Friday, March 30, in Las Vegas, where he lived in retirement.
A native of Minnesota, Mr. Leonard came to Philadelphia from Indianapolis in 1958 to anchor a 15-minute news program on Channel 3 when it was WRCV-TV, according to the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.
In 1965, Channel 3 became KYW-TV and Mr. Leonard was part of the original team when the station’s new owner, Westinghouse, introduced the Eyewitness News format.
He remained with Channel 3 until 1980, when he moved to Phoenix and joined KPNX-TV. Mr. Leonard retired in 1989.
Mr. Leonard never legally changed his name and his paychecks were issued to Homer Venske.