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Who was TV’s first anchorman?

The title of TV’s first anchorman doesn’t belong to Walter Cronkite, as many may people assume.

Indiana University researcher Mike Conway found evidence that the term “anchor man” had been used to describe someone who had been on television years before Cronkite.

Like a detective, Conway pursued the mystery and discovered to his surprise that in October 1948, the NBC quiz show “Who Said That?” began referring to John Cameron Swayze as their “anchor man.” 

Some today may remember Swayze, an experienced print and broadcast journalist, for his 20 years of Timex watch commercials and their catch phrase, “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”

Full story at Futurity.

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