Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dave Ward is entering the Guinness World Records

KTRK abc13 anchor Dave Ward hitting the record books

Dave Ward
I've been hearing some really interesting and monumental news concerning KTRK abc13 anchor Dave Ward.

 We have long known it is his goal to be on the air at channel 13 for 50 years and he is very close to that honor.

Multiple sources close to Ward tell me what could be even a bigger deal is that the "Dean of Houston news" will be entering the Guinness World Records as the longest running local TV news anchor in the world at the same station in the same market for 50 years!

I'm sure it has been no easy task staying at the same station for five decades, but it's also been a lot of work to get in the record book. I hear Ward has been gathering papers and documentation over the last few months so Guinness has the proof!

This all becomes official in November when Ward hits the big 5-0 with the now Disney/ABC Television Group station.

Dave, I can't wait till it's 60 years!

UPDATE
I found Ward's page on the Guinness World Records site! Here is what it says about him:

The longest career as a television news broadcaster is 49 years and 218 days, achieved by Dave Ward (USA), who began working on 9 November 1966 and continues anchoring at KTRK-TV, in Houston, Texas, USA, as verified on 2 June 2016.
Ward was hired as a news department reporter and photographer in 1966 and has served as an anchor of the KTRK-TV 6 PM newscast since 1968. Ward is known for beginning every newscast with the phrase, "Good evening, friends."

According to Wikipedia, before Ward, the person who held the record was Ecuadorian news anchor and vice-president of news of Ecuavisa in Quito, Alfonso Espinosa de los Monteros. He set his record back in August 2014.



8 comments:

  1. I'll be looking forward to seeing it happen too!

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  2. Thanks, Mike McGuff, for this acknowledgement....Dave Ward truly is a terrific TV news person....KTRK-TV and the Houston area is fortunate to have had him as a news broadcaster all these years... Congratulations to Dave....a good person....and a wonderful television news anchor........ well deserved, David. It has been an honor to know you...and to have worked with you at KTRK-TV. And Mike....thank you for the terrific blog....I've been gone from the (Houston) television scene for awhile ....but it is still my first love;
    I very much appreciate reading your blog, to see who is where and why and when. Keep up the good work, McGuff!!!!!

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  3. Sorry to send this splash of cold water from Rochester, N.Y., where we are celebrating Don Alhart's 50th anniversary at 13WHAM ABC. This milestone was achieved on June 6th. Here's a link to a feature that appeared in our local metropolitan daily newspaper:

    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/06/05/don-alhart-50-years-air-rochester-icon-celebrates-anniversary/84600494/

    Both Houston and Rochester are clearly blessed to have such outstanding professionals dedicated to their local communities.

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    1. That was a nice story about Don Alhart. I wonder if Guiness got it wrong??

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  4. Yeah, but Rochester is in a differenct time zone!

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  5. Question for the Rochester folks.. Has Mr Alhart been anchoring for 50 years or been with the station for 50 years? And you are correct, both cities are lucky to have great news assets!

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  6. Assuming that Don Alhart is the winner, Dave Ward should show some class and fly to Rochester and had him the Guinness award.

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  7. Guiness did the verification. Perhaps Don should contact Guiness and have them verify his employment as they did with Ward. Perhaps Don's employment is not as he remembers.

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