During Station’s 70th Anniversary Celebration, Legendary R.I. Anchor Announces Retirement

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

On the same day WJAR celebrated 70 years on the air, the station’s most notable anchor announced he’ll retire after 41 years in local TV.

Providence morning anchor Frank Coletta will end his stint at the NBC station on July 26.

“I’ve worked with so many talented and creative broadcasters in my time at NBC 10. But I could not have lasted 41 years here without the constant loyalty, encouragement, and support of all of you in the TV audience, and more recently, on social media,” said Coletta.


Coletta has been the Sunrise anchor since 1985. He joined WJAR in 1978 as an assignment editor.

“Viewers have invited Frank into their homes for more than 40 years,” said general manager Vic Vetters. “He’s been a trusted friend and a local TV legend. We raise our coffee mugs in salute to a classic newsman.”

The new Sunrise team will be announced soon.