In his final broadcast as the anchor of the “CBS Evening News” Friday night, Town of Tonawanda native Jeff Glor gave what could be called a silent shout-out to his native Western New York.
After the credits of all the people involved in the program were over, the newscast ended with an overhead video view of downtown Buffalo.
Whether Glor or someone on his staff came up with the idea, it was a beautiful way to end the Buffalo booster's 17-month tenure as the anchor of the prestigious program.
In his brief remarks Monday after it was announced that Norah O’Donnell would be replacing him as anchor, Glor was criticized in some quarters for not mentioning her.
He answered that criticism Friday by wishing O’Donnell “the best of luck.”
Here are his final classy words Friday.
“As we leave tonight, I just want to say thanks. This is a short broadcast, but a long game, Through it all, the people who put on the Evening News remain committed. This program will be moving to Washington, D.C., in the coming months, I wish Norah O’Donnell the best of luck. Though she won’t need it. Because of the people backing her up. So I’d like to use the remaining time I have left, on this night, to recognize them. Their hours are long and unpredictable. Their family and friends are unfailingly patient. I’m awed, every day, by their dedication to writing the first draft of history and telling America’s story. I’m awed by their grace. So I thank them, and you. I will see you soon. Good night.”
It is unclear when and where viewers will see Glor next, but he said Monday “it will be great.”
It has been a tough week for Western New Yorkers in television.
On Friday, Buffalo native Diane English learned her reboot of “Murphy Brown” isn’t being given a second season by CBS.
“Murphy Brown” was one of several programs canceled by networks before their new fall lineups are announced in New York City next week.
According to multiple reports, Fox’s “Lethal Weapon,” ABC’s “Speechless,” “Splitting Up Together” and “The Kids Are Alright” and CBS’ “Happy Together” and “Life in Pieces” are among other programs canceled.
If the recent past is any indication, there is always the chance that one or two programs will be saved by streaming sites.