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Keith Radford shifting to part-time work at Channel 7 next year

WKBW anchor Keith Radford will be working part time at Channel 7 after his contract runs out at the end of the year.

In a phone interview, Radford confirmed he will be dropping the noon newscast he presently anchors at the start of the new year, and will possibly drop the 5:30 p.m. newscast.

Radford, who is a 2015 member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame, said he will anchor the 6 p.m. weekday newscast in 2019.

"They may have me continue to do the 5:30 p.m. newscast," Radford said. "I’ve been thinking about cutting back or retiring. It is a mutual decision. They asked me to stay a year or two working part time.”

A native of Windsor, Ont., who became an American citizen in 1989, Radford joined Channel 7 from a Salt Lake City, Utah, station in 1987 and has been anchoring here ever since through the station’s highs and lows.

Radford, who turns 67 in a few months, noted Wednesday he has been at Channel 7 for 31 years and in broadcasting for 47 years.

More than a year ago, he noted if he stayed 31 years, it “would be about as long as Irv (Weinstein) and Tom (Jolls).”

“I’m ready to scale back and not work as much,” he said. “I consider myself fortunate. A lot of people my age have been told you’re out of touch, they’re cut and gone.”

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