"And Finally...The Floyd Kalber Story."
Floyd Kalber's son describes his documentary tribute to his late father "as a labor of love." Kalber retired as an ABC7 anchor in 1998. He died in May of 2004.
Mick Kalber, who has a video production company in Hawaii, produced the documentary "And Finally...The Floyd Kalber Story." It tells of the life and legacy of a broadcast news journalist.
"I always had the feeling that I was really honored to be present at the creation of television journalism," said Floyd Kalber in the documentary. "To be able to learn it while I was doing it and to be able to teach it to others."
It took Mick Kalber a year to complete the documentary that captures his father's story and 52-year career in broadcasting.
"My father was a pioneer in television broadcasting. He was one of a couple dozen people around the country who literally started television news," said Mick.
Kalber's documentary covers his father's early years in Nebraska and his military service in World War II. In it, Floyd explains how his broadcast career got started in 1946.
"There was an advertisement in the paper for a radio announcer in Kearney, Nebraska," said Floyd.
Floyd got the job despite only one semester of college journalism and no broadcast experience. Later, his television news career was launched at KMTV in Omaha, where he was a one man news department.
Solid journalism and hard work brought him to Chicago TV in the 1960s, where he became the ratings leader at 10 o'clock. Then , he went on to the Today Show for several years and a brief retirement before returning to Chicago in 1983, where he anchored ABC7's top rated 6 o'clock news for the next fifteen years.
"I was always very, very grateful to Chicago and still am for what it gave me," said Floyd.
The documentary looks at the humorous side of Floyd Kalber, who was nicknamed "The Big Tuna".
"It's a side of my dad that most people who knew him from television never got to see," said Mick. "It was on vacation that dad really let go."
Floyd was an avid golfer. "He loved his wife, his work, his home, his family and his golf clubs, not necessarily in that order," said Floyd's daughter.
"He wasn't shy about sharing his love with his family," said Mick.
"The woman that I love more today than I did 48 years ago when we were married," said Floyd, blowing her a kiss as he introduced his wife.
Betty married Floyd in September, 1946. Floyd signed off for the last time in February, 1998.
"Have a safe evening. Have a safe life and I'm out of here."
Floyd's story runs 72 minutes and is available on DVD for $25. All proceeds go to Northwestern University and the Omaha Press Club for Scholarships. To order a copy, visit floydkalber.com
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