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CONFIRMED: Rick Wagner gone from ABC27

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    http://www.pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1161657641134660.xml&coll=1 WHTM ends speculation, says Wagner left station Tuesday, October 24,
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      WHTM ends speculation, says Wagner left station

      Tuesday, October 24, 2006
      Of The Patriot-News
      After weeks of speculation, it has been confirmed: Rick Wagner is no longer working for WHTM-TV Channel 27 after more than two decades with the station.
      WHTM made it official yesterday that the news anchorman left the station to "pursue new career opportunities."
      "All of us at abc27 appreciate Rick's many years of service and contributions to the station's success," Joe Lewin, WHTM's president and general manager, said in a statement. "We wish him the very best in his future endeavors."
      Wagner could not be reached for comment.
      The Patriot-News reported this month that Wagner had not been on the air since Oct. 6. Soon after, word began circulating in local television newsrooms that he and WHTM had parted company.
      Several station insiders said they were surprised to hear the talk and that the staff had been told nothing.
      "The bosses aren't saying anything," one staffer said.
      Wagner's whereabouts have been a frequent topic of Internet chatter, and the rumored split was discussed yesterday morning on R.J. Harris' show on WHP 580 AM.
      WHTM anchor Alicia Richards had been telling viewers that Wagner had the night off to explain why he was not in the chair beside her. She stopped doing that last week.
      Wagner's biography and photo were removed from WHTM's Web site, one of the first signs that someone is no longer at a station.
      "He's taking some time off," Lewin told The Patriot-News this month.
      He wouldn't discuss why or how long Wagner was expected to be away.
      "We'll cover his duties with other people on the staff," Lewin said. Weatherman Chuck Rhodes, who has worked with Wagner for more than two decades, said he didn't know his former colleague's status.
      "He's a dear friend of mine, always has been and always will be," Rhodes said. "He's like a right arm to me and a delight to work with."
      Wagner, a native of Fairfield, Calif., served in the Navy before attending Brown Institute School of Broadcasting in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota as a history major.
      He was an anchor and reporter at television and radio stations in Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa before arriving at WHTM in 1982.
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      Sad day in television.  Anyone think that he will be picked up by anyone??
      -- matt

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