Herb Luft has left the building

Herb Luft says goodbye, surrounded by family and friends, from CFCF on Wednesday

Herb Luft, who has been working at CFCF since – we have it on good authority here – the dawn of time itself, gave a final signoff to viewers on Wednesday’s show. Once his remaining vacation time is burned off, he’ll be officially retired.

Classy station that it is, it devoted a substantial segment of both the noon and 6pm newscasts to Luft and his career (and a brief segment on the 11:30 newscast), showing the highlight reel, chatting about his 39 years there and even doing a streeter asking random people on the street to wish him good luck (one lady complimented him on always being clear and never stuttering). His family was invited to join him behind the anchor desk for the 6pm newscast’s final minutes.

You can see videos from both the noon newscast and 6pm newscast online. I’ve included a few stills below from his highlight reel, so you can see the progression of his hair reporting through four decades.

Luft’s last news report, for the record, is this two-minute piece on illegal taxis, from the previous day’s newscast.

Look at that hair!

Luft tries a few lines of poetry, reporting on a bus

Luft learns how to deal with hostage negotiations - and his daughter's boyfriends

Luft reports during the Oka crisis wearing a denim jacket and turquoise sweater most people wouldn't be caught dead in today

Luft was the anchor of Pulse AM at 6am for eight years until its cancellation

Luft likes to dance

In what he described as the stupidest thing he's ever done, Luft repels down a tall downtown building

The segment he'll probably be remembered for most - being tasered (willingly) by police in 2001

We’ll be seeing a similar (though perhaps not quite so big) show when John Grant retires in August.

3 thoughts on “Herb Luft has left the building

  1. dan

    This guy was a class act: one of the few left in local news. Btw, you Montreal people should be thankful for cfcf’s newsteam. The local news in Toronto is cringeworthy. How I miss the quiet dignity of Mitsumi Takahashi.


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