WGN’s Robert Jordan signs off after 43 years

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CHICAGO — After 43 years in television news, Chicago television legend Robert Jordan is stepping down from the anchor desk. Bob said he plans to spend more time with his wife and work on his expanding video production company, the Alzheimer’s Memory Preservation Project.

Here’s what Bob wrote for his final sign off:

I want to take this moment to say how fortunate I feel I have been over the years. When I came to WGN Television in 1973, we used film to shoot news – we were the last station to transition to video tape and we were at the bottom of the ratings in fifth place.

Today we can digitally transmit video into your homes in a matter of moments – as we do as a superstation, broadcasting across half the globe. And today we are number one in the ratings at many times of the day. We take pride in being Chicago`s Very Own.

For the past 21 or 22 years my co-anchor here on weekends has been Jackie Bange. Jackie is a serious journalist who is strong, and caring and intelligent, and who cares about getting the story right the first time. She and I have had a wonderful relationship over the years as co-workers and dear friends. I`ve watched her children grow up and her husband George is a terrific guy and lucky man. Leaving Jackie is one of the tough parts of retiring from WGN-TV.

My wife Sharon and I have missed many functions and activities that have taken place on weekends over these 43 years, and now I`ll be able to enjoy more time with her. I`ll also be able to watch my daughter Karen on Channel 7 and her husband Christian Farr on Channel 5. And be a grandfather to their daughter, Vivian.

Finally, to the viewers – the many thousands of wonderful people whom I have met on the street and at various scenes, I say thank you for coming up and saying hello. I have always enjoyed meeting you and hearing your stories.

In the future I hope to meet even more of you. I plan to continue to work doing videos of families to help them preserve their stories. I also plan to work with the Alzheimer`s Association to help in the fight against the terrible disease. I also have some ideas about combating the horrible shootings that are taking place here in Chicago and I`ll be doing some work in that regards.

And, if our news director Jennifer needs me from time to time I may pop-up on the air if I can help.

I usually end a newscast with a pun, and tonight, I just couldn’t think of anything real puny to say.

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