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Frank Ranicky: Life After WCTV

When you've worn make up and ripped scripts for 36 years, it's hard to imagine doing anything else, but there are lots of success stories out there who are living proof that there is life after WCTV.

Take Gary Bartlett -- former news anchor turned real estate broker.
He drives around now with his name plastered on the side of his car and the side of the street. He admits it's been a tough transition.

"There is life after TV. Of course, the biggest adjustment is you're going to have Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, New Year's Day, the Fourth of July. You'll now have those days off which is something to get used to," Bartlett says.

Take Liz Compton -- Public Information Director for the Florida Department of Agriculture. The former city hall sleuth knows more about citrus canker than anyone should.

"There's a lot less stress after news and you might get some of your youth back once you leave, so i'm wondering if maybe Frank's hair will go back to the same color it was many years ago, when it was earlier in his career," Compton says.

Take Carmen Cummings -- Executive Director of FAMU's office of Alumni Affairs. She anchored alongside Frank for 18 years and still chokes up at the thought of the evening news without him.

"I just want you to know that, don't ever think you will be forgotten because you're the face that did it all on the desk in these parts," Cummings says.

Take Gene Deckerhoff -- one time WCTV sportscaster who is now the voice of the Bucs and voice of the 'Noles. He's confident Frank will always prompt double takes in the produce aisle.

"For the next 25 years, if we're both blessed, Frank will still run into people in the grocery store that will say "aren't you the news guy at Channel 6?"

Take Anna Johnson -- owner of her own media relations firm. She retired from WCTV after 30 plus years and she's still smiling.

"We'll be together a lot in the coming years. We'll do a lot together. We'll have fun and I promise you, life will be good for Frankie. I don't know why I call him Frankie, but I do," Johnson says.

Take Scott Atwell -- the Alumni Association President at Florida State worked elbow to elbow with Frank for 11 years.

"Frank would get up during sports, walk off the set and walk outside the building while we were still on the air and he'd start up his car. He'd get it warmed up and he left it running, came back inside and finished the news, so as soon as we were off the air he could walk right down, boom, out the door and he was gone. And I think that's a metaphor for how he's going to leave the news because Frank is not a person who looks back and I think the car is running and I think he's going to get in and i think he's going to say, 'okay, what's next?'," Atwell says.


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