Tom Brokaw retires.

The veteran NBC anchor, who of late has been doing the occasional special and the occasional appearance on the network’s cable outlets, is calling it quits after 55 years with the same organization and 80 years on the planet. Editor’s $0.02: Some years ago, Brokaw and a college friend of his owned radio stations in Rapid City, SD, for which stations I was a consultant. In that role, I had a number of brief conversations with Mr. Brokaw, and quickly grew to appreciate his interviewing style. I’ll put it this way: You could not get away with a fuzzy statement; Mr. Brokaw wanted verifiable facts only, and God help you if you didn’t have them.

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