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Big Easy Sports Director’s Departure Marks Second High-Profile Loss for WWL

In CBS, Leaving the Biz, Louisiana, New Orleans on January 8, 2012 at 1:38 am
Jim Henderson

Jim Henderson (Courtesy: WWL-TV)

Legendary WWL sports director Jim Henderson will retire from the CBS affiliate in February, he told colleagues in an email which got picked up by The Times-Picayune.

The 65-year-old replaced Hap Glaudi as sports director in 1978.

His career also spans radio broadcasting, specifically play-by-play announcing. Henderson celebrates his 30th year as the New Orleans Saints’ radio frontman later this year.

Station news director Bill Siegel said Henderson will continue to report for the New Orleans CBS affiliate through the Feb. 5 Super Bowl if the Saints make it that far.

Still, it was sad to see him go. From The Times-Picayune:

“After 34 years with WWL, Jim has more than earned his retirement,” WWL news director Bill Siegel said. “Everyone at WWL wanted to keep working with him, but we respect Jim’s decision to make this change in his life. On a personal level, I will miss the opportunity to watch his commentaries following Saints games, his excellent writing, and his presence in our newsroom.”

This also marks the second time in two months a high-profile on-air personality has decided to leave. On Dec. 20, WWL’s local lifestyle correspondent, Frank Davis, announced a semi-retirement deal, according to the newspaper.

However, while Davis will continue to appear occasionally on the channel, Henderson will not after this month, unless, in his words from 2010’s historic call, “Pigs have flown. Hell has frozen over. The Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl.”

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