Longtime 6abc / WPVI TV veteran anchor Jim Gardner resigns from Action News at 11 a.m.


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – It’s the end of an era here on Action News.

Anchor Jim Gardner steps away from the newscast at 23, where he has served viewers for four decades.

It’s the first step in his plan to retire completely by the end of this year after a career that has covered so many great stories in the Delaware Valley.

Longtime 6abc / WPVI TV veteran anchor Jim Gardner resigns from Action News at 11 a.m.

On Tuesday night, Jim signed up for one last time on Action News at. 11 news broadcast. (Read his full message below)

“No one is more grateful than I am for the special, no, unique relationship between Action News and you, our viewers. In a way, we made a trade a long time ago – we give you our respect and commitment to honest and fair reporting, and you “Give us your trust. And I can not help but feel that it is happening here in a way that is more authentic and even more intimate than anywhere else,” Jim said.

SE: A look back at Jim Gardner on Action News at. 23.00

6abc / WPVI-TV Philadelphia President and CEO Bernie Prazenica and Vice President of News Tom Davis have named Rick Williams as Gardner’s replacement for the newscast at 6 p.m. 23.00.

“I’m glad Rick Williams will anchor Action News at 11pm after Jim Gardner,” Prazenica said. “Rick is uniquely qualified by his 30+ years of experience anchoring Action News morning, noon and evening. His knowledge of our region and deep roots in our community make him the perfect choice.”

Jim has held the long-standing position as anchor for Action News at. 18:00 and 23:00 since May 11, 1977, after joining WPVI as a reporter and anchor during the Noon news broadcast on June 1, 1976.

You can still find Jim anchoring our newscast at. 18.00 until he retires at the end of the year.

Jimmy Kimmel’s message to Jim

Every night at 11pm Jim delivers part of the newscast to Jimmy Kimmel so the late night host can preview his ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ show. But on Tuesday night, Kimmel set aside that time to talk to Jim.

“Thank you Jim. Why are you leaving the news at 11am? Are you mad at me? Did I do that? Do not answer me, I’m on tape,” Kimmel said. “Just know that I will miss your mustache and also the rest of you.”

SEE: Jimmy Kimmel’s farewell to Jim

Jim is also known for ending each newscast at. 23:00 by listing Kimmel’s guests that evening. For a bit of triviality, the lineup Tuesday night was Jim Gaffigan, Ann Dowd and music by Ryan Hurd.

After reading these names and saying goodnight to Action News viewers, Jim received a standing ovation from Rick William, Cecily Tynan and Ducis Rodgers.

Read Jim Gardner’s Action News at 11 Message:

So this is my last broadcast as an anchor of Action News at. 11. It has been a rather long race that began on May 11, 1977.

One of the big stories that night was that the SEPTA board voted to raise fares on city buses, trolleys and subways from 35 to 45 cents.

The Phillies lost to the Giants 4-2 and Houston beat the Sixers 118-94.

Full disclosure, I did not remember the things I looked them up.

It was about 16,500 news broadcasts at 11 a.m. ago, and our goal for each news item was the same as tonight’s: to present a responsible, accurate, thoughtful, and compelling account of today’s events.

I have loved anchoring the 11 o’clock news for four and a half decades.

For me, this news broadcast has been a perfect mix of local news, which is our priority, and what is happening seen through a wider lens, on the national and international front.

But I understood a long time ago that if we want to know what people everywhere are thinking, we can often find out by looking no further than our own communities, our own school boards and city and city councils, our non-profit organizations, our law enforcement agencies, business communities, our colleges and universities, our local unions and houses of worship.

That is what we have been trying to do, I hope with some success.

It is my sincere hope that Action News at 11 has provided useful information right from the start of the COVID-19 phenomenon that we have informed, but also that we have helped you navigate the often confusing and sometimes controversial paths that lead to your efforts to protect yourself and your loved ones.

This has been and continues to be a story like no other.

No one is more grateful than I am for the special, no, unique relationship between Action News and you, our viewers. In a sense, we made a trade a long time ago – we give you our respect and commitment to honest and fair reporting, and you give us your trust. And I can not help but notice that it happens here in a way that is more authentic and even more intimate than anywhere else.

Everyone on this TV station appreciates it, and no one more than me.

And certainly no one more than Rick Williams who will sit in this chair and join Cecily and Ducis from tomorrow night.

You do not need to be told that Rick is an extraordinary broadcast journalist. You already know that. He will lead the best days in this newscast, which is yet to come.

And he will rely on two remarkably talented people: producer Laura Mammarella and executive producer Matt Dennis. They are excellent at their job and make an anchor participation in the process of getting this newscast aired every night nothing short of a joy.

Several other people should be mentioned.

Dann Cuellar has given his talent for storytelling to this newscast every night for decades. If our 11 news is consistently excellent when it comes to covering local and breaking news, no one is more responsible for it than Dann,

Former executive producer Rick Williams, unrelated to the next anchor in this broadcast, gave his heart and soul to Action News as an 11-year-old in a generation. He and producer Matt Simansky formed a strong partnership, and their intelligence, their judgment, and their devotion made us immeasurably better every night.

Oh, by the way, the efforts of all these people would not have mattered if not for director Mike Katz’s excellent work, which, after all, puts us and keeps us afloat.

I’m blessed to be able to work with Cecily and Ducis for another year at six o’clock.

We respect each other, we love each other and I think we are a pretty good team.

And on this occasion, I also think of two people who have put their handprints on this broadcast and on my heart: Gary Papa and Dave Roberts. Even as he approached death, Gary was bigger than life. As for Dave, who I consider a dear friend, I continue to feel his presence and benefit from his guidance every night.

And thank you for allowing me to enter your home so late at night for the last 45 years. I have never taken your hospitality for granted.

And I look forward to continuing to share the dinner with you next year.

My biggest wish for next year: to see this pandemic retire before I do.

Let’s hope.

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