Dallas Station Names Replacement for Retiring Sports Anchor Dale Hansen

By Kevin Eck 

Joe Trahan has been named the replacement for WFAA sports anchor Dale Hansen, who is retiring from the Dallas ABC affiliate on Sept. 2.

Trahan will join Cynthia Izaguirre, Chris Lawrence and Pete Delkus weeknights at 10 p.m. beginning Sept. 3.

“No one is more well liked or more respected, by both our team and by the DFW sports community than Joe Trahan,” said WFAA president and general manager Brad Ramsey. “His deep connections with the community and with key sports figures throughout North Texas, along with his vision for innovative sports storytelling, make for a very exciting future.”

Trahan has worked at the Dallas ABC affiliate for 18 years, having joined WFAA as weekend sports anchor and reporter in 2003.

“I’m thrilled with this opportunity. The bar is set high and I’m looking forward to elevating what we do and continuing the great legacy of WFAA Sports,” said Trahan. “This is home for me and my family and I know firsthand sports means a lot to people of North Texas. When I’m at the hardware store or coffee shop the conversations are passionate and I know people care. I’ll do my best to inform, entertain and have some fun along the away while being of service to our community.”

Trahan started his career in 1989 on the production team at TEGNA-owned WWL in New Orleans. His first on-air job was at WCBD in Charleston, S.C. in 1991. He returned to New Orleans in 1994 as sports anchor for Fox affiliate WVUE, where he spent nine years.

“We are so grateful to have someone of Joe’s caliber take on this role,” said WFAA vp and station manager Carolyn Mungo. “His years of experience and knowledge of the market, combined with his natural ability to connect with an audience is a win for both our staff at WFAA and for all of North Texas. I can’t wait for him to grab the spotlight.”

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