On Friday we wrote that 40 year District TV veteran Arch Campbell would today depart WJLA and News Channel 8, and he’s since cleared the air that he’s not retiring, merely, taking a break.
Campbell clarified with FishbowlDC that while he’s headed to his hometown of San Antonio, it’s just a quick trip for a high school reunion. In his email, he said that he plans to stay in Washington and has some other projects on the books.
As first reported last week by DCRTV, and in a Washington Post article Wednesday evening, Campbell said that WJLA and News Channel 8’s new owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, will “leave the door open for (gasp!) my possible return.”
That said, Campbell’s final WJLA appearance is slated for tonight at 5pm and he’ll say farewell as the namesake host of “The Arch Campbell Show” on News Channel 8 tonight at 8:30pm.
“As the decades unfolded, he became a local institution, a fixture with a distinctively upbeat on-air persona and a non-pretentious reviewing style, a sort of Everyman of the arts,” the Post said of Campbell.
For those who’ve watched his reporting, especially compared to some of his Washington counterparts, the sentiment couldn’t be truer.
Campbell reported at NBC4 for 32 years prior to joining WJLA in 2007.