Chet Huntley remembered by local author

12/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Through the 1ate 1950s and much of the 1960s, broadcast news's preeminent anchors were the NBC team of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley.

Huntley, whose birthday would have been Wednesday, retired in 1970 and died from lung cancer at 62 in 1974.

He’s now the subject of a new biography written by a local author, Lutz resident Mark Weisenmiller. The book is called, "Chet Huntley: Newscaster From the West" and is published by Alka Press.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Weisenmiller came to the WMNF studios to talk about the legendary broadcaster, who was born in Montana and made his fame initially as a radio newscaster and reporter.

Weisenmiller contributes to Agence France Press and the Economist. We'll feature a second part of his interview on a future broadcast of the Evening News.

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