WIVB-TV (Channel 4) co-anchor Don Postles returned to the air Monday with little fanfare and without any details on what medical issue led him to be absent for several weeks.
Halfway through the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, co-anchor Jacquie Walker and Postles engaged in brief happy talk about his return.
After acknowledging a "familiar face" was back at 11 p.m., Walker asked Postles: "Where have you been?"
"Where have I been?" answered Postles, who looked like he had lost some weight. "You don't want to know. But I am back and that is the good news."
A slightly longer exchange occurred on the 6 p.m. news when Walker welcomed back Postles.
"Glad to be back," said Postles. "It almost felt like I never left. I was gone a longgg time. I had a lot of help to get me back."
Then Walker and Postles praised the medical care in the area.
In an exchange on the 5 p.m. newscast, Postles said: "It is good to be back. It was a long hiatus." He thanked viewers for sending get-well cards and General Manager Dominic Mancuso and News Director Lisa Polster for being "so patient with me" while he got healthy enough to return to work.
Postles also could have gotten extra points if he thanked Walker and Dave Greber for holding down the anchor fort during his lengthy absence, but that didn't happen.
According to multiple sources, Postles broke a couple of ribs and that led to pneumonia and some time in intensive care before he recovered and had to wait for doctor's approval before returning to work.