Thursday, February 15, 2007

WTCN, WUSA, and KARE

Ken Speake is retiring. The long-time reporter for Minneapolis television station KARE 11 is the only journalist I know who includes the word "yup" in his scripts. Click here to see a sample of his smooth storytelling. The only time I ever saw him deviate from his smooth on-camera delivery was when he ended a report at a wilderness camp with a shot of himself on a rope swing exclaiming, "Wheeeee."

Back in the 1980s, Speake took over "Minnesota's Child" duties from another reporter. The series of stories was designed to increase participation in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Each week, Ken would do a fun activity with a youngster, while lamenting, "Yeah, it's tough growing up without a dad. Mom tries to take his place, but sometimes you want to do guy stuff."

Ken will be missed.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Mahan said...

WTCN.

*Alec Guinness voice*

Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time...a long time.

*dry chuckle*

February 15, 2007 5:08 PM  
Blogger Derek Jensen said...

We are witnessing the feminization of america. We used to have guys like Ken Speake. Now we get Anderson Cooper

February 16, 2007 11:46 AM  

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