WBIR reunites Bill Williams, Edye Ellis and Bob Kesling for 'retro' newscast

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Bob Kesling

Marking the 30th anniversary of its branding logo “Straight from the Heart,” WBIR, Channel 10, reunited former prime anchors Bill Williams and Edye Ellis along with past sports director Bob Kesling to head up the 6 p.m. newscast Monday.

The anchors delivered news of the day in the first part of the newscast, and Kesling handled the latest sports news. The second piece of the half-hour allowed the three — plus WBIR personality Moira Kaye, who was a weathercaster in the 1980s when Williams and Ellis were anchors — to recollect old times together.

In a pre-taped statement, ex-weather personality Margie Ison said she was battling thyroid cancer and could not attend.

Despite 24 years experience behind the anchor desk, Williams admitted the newscast made him slightly nervous.

“I hope we still have it,” Williams said jokingly of himself and Ellis. “It (should be) just like riding a bike. You never (lose) it.”

Ellis, who anchored for more than 15 years, said her chemistry with Williams can be chalked up to maturity.

“We were grown ups,” she said. “I don’t mean to mock the younger generation ... but I think it was because we lived lives.”

Kesling was 26 when he became sports director and had no former TV training. “I was this young kid around these great TV people,” he said. “It was great.”

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Comments » 4

Jeff_1 writes:

It was a treat to see Mr. Williams & Ms. Ellis as well as Mr. Kesling & Ms. Kaye. All of them did a fine job tonight, a very enjoyable look back. Thoughts and prayers are with Margie Ison as well.

CauseIcan writes:

Who cares. Just a pub stunt to gain lost viewers.

Axemanagain writes:

I liked it on the WBIR weekend morning show when the anchorette du jour read a promo for the show and said it would reunite Bill Williams and "Eye-Dee" Ellis.

cobragolfer writes:

in response to CauseIcan:

Who cares. Just a pub stunt to gain lost viewers.

Exactly! Don't get me wrong, I like Bill Williams, but they should have left Kesling in his UT abode. Channel 10 News is now nothing more than screen crawls and clutter. Takes up most of the screen. I won't watch it.

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