Three changes in the media– two in D.C. and the other in Baltimore – mark the end of an era in each city’s TV news and sports coverage.
In D.C., Jim Vance, “the anchorman who has been synonymous with local TV news in Washington for more than 40 years, will step down as the co-anchor of the 11 p.m. newscast for WRC (Channel 4) at the end of May,” reported The Washington Post.
Vance, 73, “has been a fixture at NBC-owned WRC, known as “News4,” since 1969, and became an anchorman at the station in 1972. He is also a living link to a formative era of local television; Vance was among the first wave of African Americans to anchor a local broadcast as stations across the country began to integrate their ranks in the early 1970s,” continued The Post’s piece.
“His departure from the late newscast will be the partial end of an era. Vance has appeared on the late broadcast for 43 years, or about two-thirds of the station’s existence,” stated The Post.
Vance will remain at the station through 2017 and will continue to co-anchor News4’s 6 p.m. broadcast with Doreen Gentzler, his on-air partner since 1989.
Tim Brant will be retiring from Channel 7/WJLA this month, reports DCRTV, and his last day will be May 29. “Tim is one of the best in the business,” said WJLA News Director Mitch Jacob. However, continued DCRTV, the station and Brant could not see eye-to-eye on his contract renewal. For more than 40 years, Brant has been reporting sports to a local DC audience as well as announcing games nationally on major networks. Brant has covered college football, the NFL, the NBA, the Tour de France and two Olympics. He also spent more than a decade as host of the morning show on WMAL radio. His tenure at WJLA includes nine years from 1978 to 1987 as sports director. In 2004, Brant returned to WJLA as vice president of sports. In 2013, he was named “Sportscaster Of The Year” by the National Sportswriters And Sportscasters Association Of America. After leaving WJLA, Brant will continue to announce college football and basketball games on the ACC Network, stated DCRTV.
Meanwhile, in Baltimore, after more than 30 years with WBAL, Rod Daniels will anchor his last broadcast, the 6 p.m. news, on May 22.
“It’s not often a news anchor can claim more than three decades of service to a single television station,” said WBAL president and general manager Dan Joerres. “Rod has made significant contributions to both our station and to the city of Baltimore. He’ll always be a respected member of our WBAL-TV family.”
Daniels joined WBAL in 1984.