Signing Off in O-Town

Longtime Orlando Anchor says that come May, you can stick a fork in him.

He's done. 

WFTV Anchor Bob Opsahl has been at the top ranked station since the 1980's, says he's leaving after the May book. 

"I'm like an aging grandpa around here, so it's probably time to move on," Opsahl said. "I can't believe how quickly nearly 38 years went by."

He said he wanted to retire while he was healthy enough to enjoy life outside work.

The Orlando Sentinel writes that Opsahl, 68, has been the face of the ABC affiliate and a steady professional as the business went through sweeping changes.

"I am so grateful to you folks, our viewers, who have been watching all these years, because your faithful viewing habits are what kept WFTV renewing my contract. Thank you," Opsahl said.

"Bob Opsahl is synonymous with journalistic excellence," Paul Curran, general manager of WFTV and WRDQ, said in a statement. "His steady hand in keeping the viewers of Central Florida informed and reassured for almost four decades will be his greatest legacy."

WFTV news director Matt Parcell called Opsahl "an invaluable leader, coach and friend to everyone in the newsroom."

Opsahl joined WFTV-Channel 9 in 1978 as a general assignment reporter, started anchoring on weekends in 1980 and later graduated to the marquee newscasts.