Las Vegas Broadcasting Legend Brushes Off Retirement

By Andrew Gauthier 

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Las Vegas Review-Journal

Retired? Ridiculous. The man merely took a lengthy vacation.

Now local broadcasting legend Bob Stoldal, following up a 36-year tenure at KLAS-TV, Channel 8, is coming out of retirement to take the newsroom reins of rival station KVBC-TV, Channel 3.

“I never really retired. There was just a period when I couldn’t work in my chosen field,” Stoldal said Tuesday, after Channel 3 general manager Lisa Howfield announced Stoldal’s appointment as executive vice president of news.

The job puts him in charge not only of the Channel 3 newsroom, but hands him responsibility for coordinating the news operations for stations owned by Sunbelt Communication Co. in Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana and Nevada, including KENV-TV in Elko and KRNV-TV in Reno.

“I had a noncompete (contract clause) for a year and that expired July 1,” Stoldal said, referring to his departure in June 2008 from Channel 8, where he was vice president of news, the apparent end of a five-decade career. More…