Resolution J128-2013

Commending legendary news anchor Bill Worden upon the occasion of his retirement after 35 years of distinguished service to WKTV

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending legendary news anchor Bill Worden upon
the  occasion  of his retirement after 35 years of distinguished service
to WKTV

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, that the quality  and
character  of  life  in this great Empire State is indelibly enriched by
the faithful and untiring efforts of those individuals who  have  helped
shape the history of broadcasting; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to such concern and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
legendary  news  anchor  Bill Worden upon the occasion of his retirement
after 35 years of distinguished service to WKTV; and
  WHEREAS, After more than 35 years as lead anchor at NewsChannel 2  and
nearly  50  years  in  broadcasting,  Bill Worden announced that he will
retire from WKTV on Thursday, November 29, 2012; and
  WHEREAS, Known as one of the longest-serving  local  news  anchors  in
American television history, Bill Worden joined WKTV of Utica, New York,
in  March of 1977 as anchor of NewsChannel 2 at Six and Eleven; later in
his career, NewsChannel 2 at Ten was also added to his anchoring duties,
along with once serving as news director of the station; and
  WHEREAS, Born in Herkimer, New York, Bill Worden grew up the son of  a
successful local businessman, whose travels took him, his mother and his
sister to Indiana and Florida before returning to Utica where his father
became a car dealer; and
  WHEREAS,  A United States Air Force veteran, Bill Worden served with a
Top Secret clearance in the Atlas-F Missile  program,  during  both  the
Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy;
upon  discharge, he entered the radio business in Utica at stations WBVM
and WRUN; and
  WHEREAS, While working, Bill Worden attended Utica College and  Mohawk
Valley  Community  College,  where  he  helped start the college's first
radio station; in  1971,  he  took  his  first  television  position  at
KTVH-CBS  in  Wichita,  Kansas,  where  he anchored the noon and evening
broadcasts; in addition, he anchored the 6:00 and 11:00 news in 1973  at
WTVN in Columbus, Ohio; and
  WHEREAS,  While  in Wichita, Bill Worden earned several awards for two
bicentennial year documentaries in 1976, including one from the  state's
farmers  for  a  half-hour  documentary on Kansas' two major industries,
meat and wheat; he was also cited for his work on an historic documenta-
ry, "The Gunfighters," including former  Wichita  Marshall  Wyatt  Earp,
Billy the Kid, Bat Masterson of Dodge City, Kansas, and the Dalton Gang;
and
  WHEREAS,  An  accomplished  drummer, Bill Worden played professionally
across the country for several years with  jazz  and  jazz-rock  groups,
including  one  national  recording  group;  he  has  twice been a guest
soloist with the Utica Symphony; and
  WHEREAS, Bill Worden has joined the Mark Bolos Band and will be  trav-
eling  with  them; he is also working with a local businessman, pursuing
the growing interest in internet radio; and
  WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife, Janna and their  four
children  and 12 grandchildren, all of whom feel privileged to be a part
of his life and rejoice in his achievements; and
  WHEREAS, Bill Worden has, throughout his career and  purposeful  life,
served  his community with integrity and devotion, continuously striving
to meet the needs of his listeners through  entertainment  and  enlight-
enment; and

  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought  to  our  atten-
tion,  they  should  be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend legendary news anchor Bill  Worden  upon  the  occasion  of  his
retirement  after  35  years of distinguished service to WKTV; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Bill Worden.

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