Saturday, February 07, 2009

Randy Price leaves anchor desk at WHDH-TV

Randy Price, a co-anchor at WHDH-TV and a longtime Boston-area TV news personality, is leaving his post at Channel 7 "effective immediately," reports Scott Kearnan at Bay Windows.

Price, who officially left on Friday even though he had three years left on his contract, co-anchored his last normal evening news slot on Thursday.

Price, currently living in Kittery, Maine, first made a splash in 1983 as a morning anchor with WBZ-TV. In 1995, he hit a turning point in his career after police arrested him on his second drunken-driving charge. Since the incident, he's been sober for 13 years. In 1996, he joined WHDH as a freelancer and eventually moved into the evening news chair in 1998.

Considered to be the country's first openly gay newscaster, Price has been a trailblazer in the GLBT community. In 2007, he led the state's fight for equal rights for same-sex partners when he married his significant other, Mark Steffan, in front of the Massachusetts State House.

Price, who was replaced on Friday by the 10 p.m. co-anchor on CW56 Kim Khazei, consistently scored high ratings in the 11 p.m. position with Frances Rivera.

In a recent feature also written by Kearnan in the January/February edition of Boston Spirit Magazine, Price weighs in on his life in the public eye.

"As a public person, people learn a lot about you," he tells Kearnan. "At some point you’re either going to be out, or you’re going to be a liar."

UPDATE: The Boston Herald reports that Price was ousted from WHDH-TV. “I’m gone,” Price tells the Herald this morning. “I’ve reached the point where I really can’t contribute in the way that they probably want me to contribute.”

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Photo source WHDH.com

6 comments:

BosGuy said...

What a pity. I've always enjoyed seeing Randy at the helm of WHDH.

Anonymous said...

THE STATION HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET RID OF HIM FOR MONTHS SINCE THEY BROGHT BACK THE KASEI PERSON. TWO SALARIES TOO MUCH. I LIKE HIM.

Anonymous said...

Randy was the only thing that made that station worth watching , and somewhat respectable, although they do put some meaningless trash on tv. For them to insult and crap on their best card is pretty pathetic. Now that is some loser management. I'm not watching for sure.

alan said...

Pathetic treatment of the only person who brought any class and seriousness to that flimsy station. On to another local station for sure.

Anonymous said...

Channel 7 sucks and will eventually have no audience.

Anonymous said...

It is a very sad day in Boston. Randy Price delivered the news in a "mature" professional manner. The immature news "readers" on this station of late are an insult to serious news. But I guess if you look at it. Channel 7 isn't interested in serious news or its delivery. So it's time to look for another news source. Channel 7you will reap what you sow. Fluff

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