Goodbye Charlie Gibson!
This is Charlie Gibson’s last day at ABC News. Between World News and Good Morning America, his career has been simply astounding. For several years, I had the job of producing his live, 5pm network radio newscast. Charlie is such a pro that he didn’t really need to be produced all that much. He’d go over the copy, ask a few questions, usually to ensure the facts were right. You never heard it, but the pre-newscast banter between Charlie and the correspondents ready to go live was always lively and often hilarious.
He’d take out his trusty analog stop-watch and when the trumpets sounded with the ABC News theme, ol’ Charlie would launch into that smooth-as-silk, friendly delivery of his and land it like a pro, hitting the 2-minute break, to-the-second, every time.
If you’ve ever wondered if these people you see on TV are anything like the image they portray- some of them are real, some of them aren’t. But with Charlie- always- what you see is what you get. Humble, gracious, smart, kind, curious. There will never be another like him.