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Fahey Flynn

Fahey Flynn

Thirty years ago — on Aug. 8, 1983 — Fahey Flynn died at age 67, leaving a 42-year legacy in Chicago broadcasting that included a pivotal role in two first-place newscasts and the distinction of winning the market’s first Emmy Award ever presented for best newscaster.

“All local television is based on the local markets, local moods and local problems of the moment,” the anchorman told me in an interview two months before his passing.

“I think we’ve sort of gotten away from leaving it all in the hands of the viewers, who are, after all, the important people in this business.”

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