He labored for a short time in radio and in tv in Cleveland earlier than arriving in Chicago. Throughout his practically 40 years with ABC’s WLS-Ch. 7, he not solely led the station to the highest of the rankings, he helped affect a era to observe TV personalities (“We came down from Olympus, and we just became regular people talking to regular people. It’s the best form of communication,” he as soon as informed a reporter). He labored alongside Flynn, Mary Ann Childers, Linda Yu and, for a time throughout an “experiment” earlier than her superstardom got here calling, Oprah Winfrey, and was in a position to show items that defied the “happy talk” label, contributing frequent commentaries that have been erudite, severe and clever.