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.
We’ll be seeing a similar (though perhaps not quite so big) show when John Grant retires in August.
Thanks for posting this Steve. I missed the newscast yesterday and would have missed it.
Hats off to a real pro who went out on his own terms. Nicely done, Herb.
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.