Frank Ranicky Bidding Farewell to the Anchor Desk

By: Frank Ranicky Email
By: Frank Ranicky Email

Script from December 1, 2008, by Frank Ranicky.

Announcement of his decision to leave the anchor desk on December 31, 2008 after 36 years at WCTV:

Finally tonight a special report, and for me it is by far my toughest assignment. That's because this time it involves not a breaking news story or political event or natural disaster, or any of the thousands of other news stories I've covered and reported to you over the years.

Instead, this assignment is about me and my future. I always knew this day would come, and I have had a blessed ride. You always have been family to me, each smile, each handshake, each hug and hello.

Each of you is special, and I thank you for allowing me to your dinner table all these years. Now, though, it's finally time to push back the chair and bid farewell.

After 36 years of anchoring and reporting the news here at WCTV, I've decided to take my life in a new direction. I could spend another 36 years just in recollections, especially remembering all the good news stories I've shared about you, the wonderful folks who make communities across South Georgia and North Florida such great places to live.
Like I said, I am truly blessed.

This has been a difficult decision but one I feel I must make now, and I am putting my life and this new direction squarely in the Lord's hands. I will still be representing WCTV in other capacities, but will be leaving the day to day news operation.

There are other opportunities as well, and I plan on staying in the Tallahassee community to continue working and growing right here. I'm not ready to announce all the details yet on my next adventure, but I promise to let you know as soon as I can.

My final newscast will be at 6pm New Year's Eve. I will do my best over the next month or so to continue delivering a quality newscast along with my partner, Julie, and the rest of the Eyewitness News team.

But know that my emotions will be close to my sleeve, and I ask for your prayers, your understanding, and your continuing friendship as I begin writing a new chapter in my life.

I pray it's one along with each of yours that is always filled with good news and happiness.


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  • by abhishek kashyap Location: bihar on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    send me some jokes and script how to start the show.
  • by MEMORIE dAVIS Location: PERRY,FL. 32348 on Dec 28, 2008 at 04:53 PM
    MR. RANIKY, YOU WILL BLESSED, AS YOU HAVE ME AND MY FAMILY. MY DAD ALWAYS SAID IT'S TIME FOR THE NEWS AND FRANK. GO IN PEACE.
  • by Frank Ranicky Location: Tallahassee on Dec 28, 2008 at 10:57 AM
    I want to say again here, as I did on the page containing "reflections." I am deeply touched and richly blessed by all the wonderful and kind comments. I just wanted to post my thanks and my warm regards for each of you. I hope we continue to meet and shake hands often, and stay in touch. Again, my heartfelt thanks, and I hold each and every kind word close to my heart.
  • by wendy hopkins Location: 2651 vista rise apt a on Dec 22, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    Hi, Frank I am very sad in my spirit but happy also that you are retiring to venture out into what ever you have planned. I grew up watching you and Anna Johnson. I am now 43 yrs old and will truly miss your face and voice as well as when Mrs. Johnson retired. I wish you the best in all your endeavors and new assignments you choose to take on. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe new year. I will truly miss you.
  • by Christine Location: Tallahassee on Dec 21, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    KUDO'S ON FRANK RANICKY DAY, DECEMBER 18TH!!!!! WE THANK YOU MAYOR, WHAT A GREAT DECISION THIS WAS ON EVERYONE BEHALF! YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED ALOT! WE LOVE YOU FRANK RANICKY!!!!!!! YOUR SHOES WILL BE HARD TO FILL, CEMENT USUALLY ARE! A CAREER OF GREATNESS SO DEEP!
  • by curtis Location: quincy,fla on Dec 20, 2008 at 05:54 PM
    i was watching the news and heard that frank was retiring and my mouth drop since i was a teenager i have watch frank ranicky he has truly been a blessing to our communities. frank may god continue to guide your path and enjoy your well desaerve retirement. god bless you
  • by Neal Location: Tallahassee on Dec 20, 2008 at 01:06 PM
    To Frank, the greatest Anchor, a good friend & truely a man after God's Heart. You will be greatly missed, gone from daily sight but remaining forever in our hearts. You have been far more than a news man, more so an example of God's grace & Love as you have been a humble servant to our community - offering your time & talent to so many noble causes over the years. It is said, we may remember what others say or do but we NEVER forget how they make us feel. Frank, you have made your viewers feel a part of one big family, bringing glimpses of our lives from the best we are to the tragedy we endure. It is not what you have done, it is more HOW you have sincerely served your N.Fl.-S.Ga. neighbors with honesty and integrity. You are a gentle spirited, kind hearted and amazingly humble man who deserves happiness. May you find peace & joy in this new chapter of your Life.
  • by Teri Location: Tallahassee on Dec 18, 2008 at 12:38 PM
    I'm still in shock and saddened to hear you're leaving after all these years. I've determined that there are things people can't learn in college and that is, how to deliver the news the way you have for so many years. You could have, at any time in your career, made it to one of the big networks, but you stayed here in Tallahassee & for that, people are so grateful. The station will never be the same. I will ALWAYS remember going to the station with my mom, when I was a little girl & watching you prepare for the news, chewing that gum and typing with your 2 fingers. The jokes and the way you had such a way of making everyone laugh during the commercial breaks with your nutty ways. I grew up in the WCTV family and there are very few people at the station, whose shoes will NEVER be filled....you are definitely one of those very few. Good luck with everything you do after WCTV. If you're like mom, you will be busier than ever before. Good luck, Frank!!!!
  • by Emilee Ransdell-Bush Location: Columbus, IN on Dec 9, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    Uncle Frank, You are truly an inspiration to those who's lives you have touched over the past 36 years. While you've so far inspired my 27 years, I know there will be many more inspirations to come! I am so thankful to have been able to watch you "in action" about 15 years ago. It was nothing less than amazing. As I sit here reading all the wonderful and positive comments, I can't help but to agree with all of them. You are a wonderful man. May God bless and keep you. Emi
  • by oh my.. on Dec 8, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    8 days and not the first negative comment, that really says something for the career of this man. what a testimony. and it's got to be a first for this forum. good luck to you and your family. you truly have been a part of making this town great.
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