Stuart Dyson retired from Albuquerque NBC affiliate KOB Monday.
“I can say that, after 30 years in the TV news business, I have not become a total functional illiterate,” Dyson told the ABQ Free Press.
“The retirement came both sooner and later than the 64-year-old Dyson had planned,” write the Free Press. “His original retirement date had been set for Feb. 29, his birthday. But then, KOB-TV’s news director Michelle Donaldson was diagnosed with breast cancer, and Dyson agreed to stay on until the end of May. But on Friday, Dyson had another of his long history of “contentious moments” in the newsroom, and he and KOB management decided it was indeed time for him to get out.”
He started with KOB radio in 1982. Two years later, he moved to KOB TV.
“It was about the nature of what I do on a daily basis,” said Dyson. “The people who own and run TV stations are expecting more and more from fewer and fewer. Some days that was fine. It’s a challenge if you like to succeed at doing a task that seems too big and difficult. But there are times when you don’t succeed, and it is frustrating. And those times have become more numerous for me in the past few years.”
“I’ve been with the company for 35 years, minus the three years I spent at the state Legislature,” said Dyson. “It has been a good, long ride.”