The rumors have been swirling for months but Channel 3 (KCRA) stalwarts Dave Walker and Lois Hart refused to confirm the buzz that they were set to leave their anchor desks for good this year.
"Yes, we are going to retire at some point, later this year," said Lois Hart, reached on the phone as she took a break from jury duty. "But I can't really tell you more than that."
She wasn't even sure she wanted the news out just yet.
"Dave? Should we talk to The Bee?" she said, calling over to her husband. "Can we tell them we're retiring?"
Walker, apparently, gave the nod of approval and so, there you have it.
While the anchors declined to give a specific date, Hart did talk aspirations.
"I'm very comfortable telling you that I'm thinking of travel - Costa Rica, Truckee.
she said. " Actually, that's all I've had time to think about at this point."
Walker and Hart both worked in Sacramento during the 1970s before launching CNN's inaugural broadcast in 1980. The pair returned to KCRA in 1990 and, in 1994, started anchoring its late night news broadcast. Currently, they work the 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. shifts.
Hart promises that more information regarding an exact exit date and whether the two will remain involved with KCRA is soon forthcoming..