John Henning, R.I.P. (Rest In Promos)

On Thursday’s 11 pm newscast, WBZ aired a lovely and heartfelt tribute (not yet posted at this writing, but others here) to John Henning, the Boston station’s legendary anchor, reporter, and all-purpose political guru, who died Wednesday night of leukemia-related illness.

Then the newscast betrayed itself by immediately running promos for an upcoming report on boat moorings, the weather, and sports.


After you eulogize a colleague, you billboard his photo and dates, fade very slowly to black, and reluctantly go to commercial break.

Not to get technical about it at a time like this.

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4 Responses to John Henning, R.I.P. (Rest In Promos)

  1. Cavard says:

    Good call John. Sad to hear of his passing.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Henning at WNAC prior to joining WBZ? I could’ve sworn that’s when I first saw him as a youngster.

    Henning will be missed.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Yes he was, Christian. Today’s Herald has a photo of him with Mary Richardson that I think was from WNAC.

  2. Steve Brown says:

    WNAC in the late 70’s early 80’s had horrible ratings, which had nothing to do with John Henning but had a lot to do with the station ownership. RKO General had been deemed “unfit” by the FCC to hold a television license, and subsequently had their license yanked. One of my favorite John Henning quotes of that period of time was “I could have hidden out from the police on that anchor desk!”

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