WTIC FOX CT anchor Al Terzi, dubbed “the dean of Connecticut news,” is stepping down from the anchor desk effective March 31.
The Hartford Courant says the 72-year-old award-winning television personality isn’t exactly retiring however, but rather scaling back on his on-air duties at the station.
“I will continue to do my political show, the “Real Story,” he said, referring to the Sunday morning show he co-hosts with Fox Ct’s Laurie Perez. “But I am getting off the daily anchor desk.”
Terzi said he plans to continue teaching at the CT School of Broadcasting and is exploring teaching jobs at some area colleges and universities as well.
“I don’t think you can say I’m retiring, just retiring from the anchor desk,” he said.
Terzi said he began thinking about scaling back his career a few months ago when he and his wife Carolyn began making travel plans for their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
“She talked about a trip to Europe and cruise for three weeks and I said half-kiddingly, ‘maybe now is the time for me to step back from the day-to-day work,” Terzi said.
Terzi, who began his career as a radio deejay in 1960, made the move to television in 1967 as a weatherman. He worked at WTNH and WFSB before joining FOX Ct in July, 2012.
“He is truly one of a kind,” said FOX CT news director Coleen Marren.