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Longtime WCTV Engineer Retires

It's so familiar to all of us, but one you've probably never seen. Our chief engineer, Bob Morgan, is wrapping up his career here.

In those 45 years he has witnessed technological breakthrough upon breakthrough from the golden age to the digital age. 1959; a crazy red head ruled prime time, most TV sets were still black and white and Bob Morgan, a 23-year-old electrician, first walked through the doors at WCTV.

Bob says, "I went up there and sat down and talked to Bill Snowden and Charlie Clifton. Didn't have to fill out an application, no resume, no nothin', they hired me on the spot and I couldn't believe it."

Bob's friends and colleagues will tell you he has a knack for fixing things. His curious mind has wrapped around the latest in TV technology for the past 45 years from black and white to color, from tubes to digital.

Bob says, "I like television in that it's a growing industry. It's always got a challenge and I'm a challenge, goal-oriented person. The excitement is in the fixin'. If there's nothing to fix, it gets dull and boring."

From Sullivan to Letterman, Cronkite to Rather, Bob Morgan has seen it all and wired it and soldered it and rigged it to make sure you could see it all too. He's done it all in his trademark style; methodical, soft spoken and polite.

Anna Johnson, a longtime WCTV personality, says, "People used to go crazy and say 'what are we going to do?' You know? You always kept your head and what's the old saying about? 'If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs, you'll not only be a man, your name just might be Bob Morgan.’"

Bob is now trading in his tool box for a fishing pole, a new house in the country and more time with his wife, Carolyn. She's been a part of his life even longer than WCTV.

Carolyn Morgan, Bob's wife of 47 years, says, "One of our daughters told him one time, 'dad, do you realize if you ever start looking for another position with someone, you won't even have a resume. You've been with WCTV all your life almost."

Bob adds, "I've got good relationships with everybody out here. I've been treated well here and I've enjoyed my time here, all 45 years."

Thursday was Bob's last day at Channel 6. We all wish him the best of life and health along with his wife, two children and two grandchildren.


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