Not only is it once in a lifetime, it IS a lifetime.
One of the most famous local newsmen in TV, who started his on-air career in 1947, at the dawn of the TV era, is retiring at age 87, the Los Angeles Times reports.
It’s Stan Chambers of pioneering L.A. TV station KTLA.
Chambers has covered stories ranging from the 1961 Bel-Air fire to the South Central riots in 1992 as well as reporting on the station’s broadcast of the Tournament of Roses parade nearly every year since 1949, the story says. But the story that set him apart early in his career was his coverage in 1949 of the death of Kathy Fiscus, a 3-year old who fell down a well shaft while playing in San Marino.
Chambers and his colleague Bill Welsh broadcast more than 27 hours of continuous live coverage of the unsuccessful rescue attempt, the story says. While TV sets were relatively rare at the time, Los Angeles residents were prompted to buy televisions after the coverage, the article adds.
Chambers was scheduled to announce his retirement on "The KTLA Morning News" this morning and will appear on today’s 1 p.m. newscast, which will also air a career retrospective, the story says.
The station plans a one-hour special on Aug. 23 at 8 p.m., with a repeat on Sept. 5 at 11 p.m. "I can go anywhere and have memories of what happened. I can say, ‘I was there,’ or ‘We did this.’ It really is a special feeling and I will miss it terribly. I’m sure that’s why I put this off for so long," Chambers says.