“Good Day L.A” anchor Tony McEwing, who helped lead the Fox 11 morning information broadcast for 30 years, introduced his retirement throughout Wednesday’s broadcast.
“Nothing lasts forever, and I think the time has finally come for me to finally hang up my mic after a journey that has spanned 43 years in total,” McEwing advised viewers, including that the announcement was bittersweet. His remaining day will probably be Feb. 3. He praised the administration of the station and his “Good Day L.A.” colleagues (whom he known as “family”) and thanked viewers for “believing in me and hanging with me all these years.”
His exit marks the second main departure from “Good Day L.A.” in 5 months. Anchor Michaela Pereira introduced final August that she was leaving the station after two years to pursue different alternatives.
McEwing stated in a cellphone interview after the printed that he had truly deliberate to depart the station a number of years in the past.
“This has been three years in the making,” he stated. He was planning to depart after he signed his final contract. “I knew it was time. Then the pandemic hit,” McEwing stated. He rapidly decided to remain on.
Throughout his tenure, McEwing has lined quite a few main tales, together with the O.J. Simpson homicide trial, the Sept. 11 terror assaults and a number of other earthquakes and floods.
“Six months after I was hired from Sacramento to come here, the Northridge earthquake hit,” he stated.
He has additionally witnessed firsthand the evolution of the native morning information panorama from a comparatively minor daypart right into a extremely aggressive enviornment.
“The morning news has shown the most growth potential,” he stated. “Viewers like tuning in to the news in the morning to see what has happened during the night. And they are very, very loyal.”
Pete Wilgoren, performing Fox 11 information director, stated in a press release that McEwing was “quite simply the heartbeat of this newsroom for so many years and a huge part of the fabric of this community. Add to that, a grateful newsroom, and co-workers who will never forget their time with Tony.”
So far as his retirement plans, McEwing stated his first order of enterprise is sleep. “I don’t have to get up at zero dark thirty. Getting up at 2 and 3 in the morning gets tougher as you get older.”