OK, so it's not a huge surprise, but KCRA 3 has an official sign-off date for longtime anchors (and husband and wife) Dave Walker and Lois Hart.
Their last air date? Nov. 26, the day before Thanksgiving. And will they be thankful for having Black Friday off for a change? Maybe do a little shopping?
"This station and this market have been truly fortunate to have Dave Walker and Lois Hart as news icons for the past 18 years," said KCRA 3 President and General Manager Elliott Troshinsky in an e-mail to the media.
"Not only are Dave and Lois top-notch journalists, they are quality people. We are grateful for their leadership and contributions as key members of the KCRA 3 News Team. We congratulate them on their retirement. They've earned it."
No kidding. Not only have Dave and Lois worked elections, breaking news, goofy weather/sports transitions, but they've been longtime figures in the community, hosting benefits. Their coverage of New Year's Eve in Old Sac was always one of my favorites, but I let them do the work while I sat on the sofa!
As part of the fond farewell, KCRA 3 has dedicated a web page to the couple's retirement. The public can take part in the retirement celebration by logging on to KCRA.com/daveandlois.The page contains an interactive timeline that allows viewers to follow the careers of Dave and Lois. Viewers can also watch a variety of congratulatory videos from members of the KCRA 3 News Team on the page.There is also a "digital signing card" where you can leave congratulatory messages to Dave and Lois.
"It's going to be a bittersweet next few weeks," said KCRA 3 News Director Anzio Williams. "Between now and their last day, we are going to celebrate their unparalleled accomplishments and extraordinary careers that have not only had an impact at this station and in this market, but also on a national level."
What do the twosome have to say about their stint in Sacramento?
"Not many people get to have this much fun for so long - covering news, being a part of the first draft of history. And for those of us in broadcast news, not many people have been so fortunate to work at one of the most respected and consistently top-rated television news organizations in the nation. We'll always be a part of KCRA 3, and thankful to our friends and colleagues here."
Dave and Lois also will be feted with Lifetime Achievement Awards this Saturday in San Francisco by the Northern California Radio-Television News Directors Association.
Dave and Lois's final sign-on, sign-off will be the 6:30 p.m. newscast two weeks from Wednesday. Then, at 11 p.m., anchors Edie Lambert and popular newcomer Gulstan Dart will host a behind-the-scenes special.
An interim KCRA 3 News anchor line-up will be announced shortly. My money (a small bit of change) is on Edie and Gulstan taking the chairs.