Don Alhart to Retire from WHAM Later This Year After 58 Years

By Kevin Eck 

The local anchor recognized by Guinness World Records as having the longest career as a TV news broadcaster is retiring later this year.

Rochester, N.Y. ABC station WHAM said Don Alhart will anchor his last official broadcast on June 6, 58 years after he joined the station.

After working as a reporter during the summer of 1965, he joined the station in 1966, after graduating from Ithaca College and four years after the station launched as WOKR.


“I am grateful for the loyal viewers who allowed me to pursue a lifelong career passion while also serving a community I love,” Alhart said. “I would never look back and wish that I had done something else. The ability to say that may be one of the greatest gifts of all.”

“Don maintains the highest possible standards in all aspects of his life and career,” said Chuck Samuels, WHAM vice president and general manager. “His commitment to quality journalism is reflected in generations of broadcasting professionals that follow and have benefited from his example and mentorship. It remains a significant part of his legacy.”