Johnny Wood retiring
Life in retirement

Johnson City, TN

#1 Nov 12, 2012
Johnny Wood of WYCB morning news is retiring on Dec 21.

Is that good or bad?
Real Answers

Johnson City, TN

#2 Nov 12, 2012
He's an icon, but he can't go on forever. Lots of folks will miss him but the show will go on.

Johnson City, TN

#3 Nov 12, 2012
I would rather hear he retire than to hear one morring that he passed away while still working at WCYB ...

Everyone should enjoy life after Work. Maybe he'll do a lot o fishing...

Jefferson City, TN

#4 Nov 12, 2012
I agree criditt. He is 70 years old & had a great career. Time to enjoy life & let someone else have the reigns.

One a side note, if the Mayans got it right, we will all be retiring that day, lol
Life in retirement

Johnson City, TN

#5 Nov 12, 2012
criditt wrote:
Everyone should enjoy life after Work.
The kids of today won't. And they sure won't experience the luxury of being at the same job for 45 years either. All of that is a bygone era.

Compare Johnny Wood to the younger generation at WCYB, and how transient and low paid they are. At this rate, he probably makes a salary that is equivalent to 3 twenty-somethings in the news business. There is just no next generation of that happening.

I think Johnny's retirement is much more significant than just the person involved.
Good Riddance Johnnie

Johnson City, TN

#6 Nov 12, 2012
He's no Willard Scott. Johnny acts like he's barely awake on the show. About as interesting as a bucket of dirt.

He's not a very pleasant person in the public. I was camping at a beachfront campground a few years back, and happened to see him nearby sitting under his awning reading a newspaper.

I didn't run up to him and try to engage in a conversation. I didn't trespass on his campsite. It didn't invite myself over for dinner or try to dance with his wife.

I say, "Hay...Johnny Wood. Good morning."

Well, that a-hole slammed his newspaper down, stormed back into his camper and slammed the door shut. I thought, dang, this guy thinks he's Brad Pitt or some kind of super star. Who acts like that. People say good morning to each other at campgrounds. That wasn't stepping over the line, in my opinion.

If you want privacy you don't go to a beachfront campground where there are 500 campsites. There are private hotels and condos with beachfront balconies if you don't want to be wished a good morning by your throngs of adoring fans. What a shmuck.
Senator Ted Stevens

Johnson City, TN

#7 Nov 12, 2012
I think his popularity has hung on largely due to the octogenarian composition of the local tv news audience. Younger generations get their news via that newfangled "series of tubes" instead.
Heres Johnny

Johnson City, TN

#8 Nov 12, 2012
November 12, 2012
News 5 WCYB-TV Icon Johnny Wood Announces Retirement
News 5 WCYB morning anchor Johnny Wood announced today he will retire at the end of this year. Wood, who has been with WCYB for almost a half-century told viewers on News 5 This Morning it was a difficult decision to make, but said “it is time.”
“I cannot tell you how much that you mean to me, you all who have watched my work here all these years.  All the wonderful thoughts and prayers, notes of encouragement and times of fun and laughter mean so much to me.  You folks are a large part of what made this such a tough decision to make.”
Johnny Wood has been a mainstay at News 5 for decades, having started his career in radio then making the transition to television. In 1979, Johnny began anchoring an early morning newscast much to the delight of viewers. In recent years, popular segments like Lunch With Johnny and Johnny’s Fishing Report have become local audience favorites.
During his tenure as morning news anchor, Johnny Wood delivered some of the highest ratings in television history, not only for a morning show, but for any locally produced program regardless of airtime. Johnny has delivered as high as an 8 rating for Adults 25-54, and consistently delivers a 5 or more rating, surpassing the competitors 6 pm news on a regular basis.
In March 2012, Johnny Wood was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) during the annual Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards ceremony with The Silver Circle Award. This award is given to broadcasters who have had a significant impact on their communities for over 25 years.
His popularity – and longevity – remains unmatched in the Tri-Cities market. That’s something Randall Bongarten, CEO of Bonten Media Group, owner of WCYB-TV is well aware of.
“While we certainly wish he’d stay longer, we understand his decision and respect it. We wish Johnny and Mary the very best in retirement. His contributions to our station and community are countless and we will honor him over the next several weeks – on and off the air” Bongarten said.
News 5 WCYB Vice-President and General Manager, Jack D. Dempsey said there’s no doubt viewers will miss waking up to Johnny.
“Johnny Wood has served the communities of this region for over forty years as a journalist, weatherman and anchor. During that time he’s started our day with what we need to know, preparing us for what’s ahead and being available to the viewers who have come to regard him in many ways as a family member” Dempsey said.
Despite his retirement, Wood hasn’t ruled out future projects with News 5 WCYB. He wants to travel for awhile then will see what’s next.
GM Jack D. Dempsey said,“we’ll miss Johnny here at WCYB, but he’ll leave knowing that he’ll always be a part of our station and the News 5 team.”
WCYB-TV will celebrate Johnny Wood’s career with Farewell to Johnny, a special live audience edition of News 5 at Noon from The Paramount Center for the Arts, on Friday, December 21st, 2012. Seating for this special broadcast will be limited, and tickets must be reserved in advance. More program details and ticket information can be found on WCYB.COM as it becomes available.
It was also announced Monday that Preston Ayres will co-anchor with Tarah Taylor once Johnny retires. Ayres will join the News 5 This Morning team November 19th, co-anchoring the 4:30am-6am segment with Tarah Taylor. Ayres will continue in that role until Wood retires in late December.

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