Action News viewers ‘tailgate’ for Jim Gardner’s final broadcast

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — It was an entrance fit only for Jim Gardner.

Escorted by Radnor Township Police with Chopper 6 flying high overhead, Jim made his way to Action News for his final broadcast on Wednesday at 6pm.

But for the Action News family, it was bittersweet to see our leader of more than four decades at it for the last time.

Action News viewers began gathering in front of our studios at 4:00 p.m. for a kind of “tailgate”. Jim even made a special appearance before his final time in the Anchor Chair.

When he first arrived in Philadelphia at the age of 27 from a Buffalo TV station, 6abc only aired two hours of news a day. The station became the dominant news station in the region.

A year ago, Jim announced that he was retiring from the 11 p.m. newscast and handing the reins to Rick Williams.

He still spent the past year hosting the 6 p.m. news show. He will pass that baton to Brian Taff starting Thursday.

During a farewell to the Action News family, Jim shared one of the things he will miss the most.

“And I said to my wife today that I’m really going to have a problem with who I talk to? Who am I interacting with? What about human interaction from tomorrow? It’s going to be an adjustment, but you know, we’re all adjusting,” he said.

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