Nashville’s Hope Hines – an ending with a new beginning took place tonight on live TV on the local TV News Channel 5 in Nashville.
With one of our favorite Nashville TV sportscasters, Mr. Hope Hines, retiring today from his job of 40 plus years, it is certainly the ‘ending of an era’.
Hope said to the Channel 5 news anchors Roury Johnston and Vicki Yates, ‘Help me get through this, okay?’
From a spot appearance by country music entertainer Vince Gill, we heard Vince say goodbye and tell Hope, ‘You have my phone number, if you ever need me, you know you can just call me.”
We saw competitor News Channel 2’s John Dwyer give Hope his best wishes.
At a farewell party for Hope Hines last week, we saw some of the large crowd of well-wishers.
Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville Metropolitan Davidson County, saying to Hope, “On behalf of all the citizens in Nashville, thank you for your great career.”
Johnny Majors, former popular coach for Tennessee, said, ‘Mother and daddy liked you back in your Sewanee days, you were good enough for them, and you were always good enough for me.”
Country music entertainer, Mr. Bill Anderson said, “He’s earned it. I hate to think of turning on the TV and that smiling face won’t be there.”
Vince Gill said “He told me he started in radio in 1962, and I told him so did I, when I was five years old.”
Darrell Waltrip, former Nascar champion and current sports commentator and broadcaster said, “Our paths constantly crossed, he’s been a true champion all the way through his career.”
Rudy Kalis from competing sports team on News Channel 4 said, “I’m jealous, but the best is yet to come, Hope, keep the faith.”
Vicki Yates, news anchor on News Channel 5 said, “21 years ago I moved here, he has a wonderful heart, Hope, you’re the best.”
Roury Johnston, news anchor on News Channel 5, said, “5 1/2 years that I have been here, Hope, I love your sense of humor, it’s a pleasure being your friend.”
Ron Hows, weatherman on News Channel 5 said, “How long have we been here, Hope? I’m sure it’s been over 30 years, your wife will be happy for you to be home.”
Hope Hines responded to Ron Hows, “Ron does weather better than anybody!”
Hope Hines, in his farewell speech said, “40 years and 1 month ago, came from radio, I was as green as they come, the wonderful viewers stuck with me. Having a dream job, especially here in Nashville, 8 years I was gone, came back to Nashville where the people are the finest, the air smells the sweetest…
Hope then gives thanks to all the TV staff, naming some and saying “I need to acknowledge Mark Howard, Bobby Kusack photojournalist. Also Brian McKegan, my right hand man for 14 years, my assistant, he will leave the news 5 team when I do.
“You will get to know Mike Rogers, and Steve Layman.
“(Former news anchor) Chris Clark tops the list, these are all members of the elite in our industry.
“Want to give tribute to the competition, they made me hustle like crazy, but they made me better. Rudy Kalis, whom I admired for all the years I have known him.
“I am indeed a blessed man, for you who have watched me, thank you.
When asked about always making this statement, “J.B., roll the tape”, Hope had a photo of J.B. (but not his last name) and he said J.B. was camera-shy, didn’t want to be on TV and then said:
“JB wanted to retire with me.”
“I’m writing a book about my 40 plus years in sportscasting and you can read it when it is finsihed next year. So long, everybody, I’ll see you down the road.”
As the show went to fade away, we heard Hope turn to the other anchors and say “What do I do now?”
Note: the other competition not mentioned above is Fox 17 TV.