Philadelphia Anchorman Celebrates 40 Years

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

Iconic Philadelphia 6ABC anchor, Jim Gardner, is being honored for 40 years on the desk.

“We’re celebrating 40 years of Jim anchoring Action News at 6 and 11. I have to say it is a remarkable record of respect and achievement,” said meteorologist, Cecily Tynan during the Wednesday broadcast.

WPVI, the ABC-owned affiliate, ran a package celebrating his time broadcasting in the city.

According to the Philadelphia Magazine, “Gardner first came to Philadelphia in 1976, joining ABC’s news team as an anchor/reporter before stepping up to host the 5:30 p.m. telecast. Roughly a year later, he was given the prime duties of anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows – and he’s been there ever since.”

Gardner has been described as “a throwback to that Burgundy era of ’70s newscasters, possessing that intangible aura of being the guy in the know – and an obsolete knack for film editing.”

You can see the station’s tribute to Gardner below.