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WBAL anchor remembered for serious approach to news [Corrected 05/ 03/04] ; Presented evening report in Baltimore for 15 years; Rolf Hertsgaard : 1922-2004
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The Sun - Baltimore, Md.
Author: Athima Chansanchai
Date: May 2, 2004
Start Page: 1.B
Section: LOCAL
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"We loved to break him up. It was just our favorite thing to do," said Rhea Feiken, part of a weather team that included Cal Schumann and "J.P.," a hand puppet. "[Rolf Hertsgaard] was a very serious news person and a serious person generally. But when the puppet screamed `Good Night, Rolf!" Rolf would shake his head and laugh."

Her first story was about students spending a snow day skiing. She nervously submitted her copy to Mr. Hertsgaard, who read it during his newscast. "Rolf was very stern and serious. He told me he always rewrites everything he read on the air," she recalled. "But by the end of the newscast he's reading the snow story and he was reading my words - full sentences he'd left complete. He used my closing. Even after 22 years of a career, it was one of the finest moments in it."

Photo(s); 1. Hertsgaard 2. "Everybody knew when Rolf read the news it was factual," said Mr. Hertsgaard's former colleague [Susan White-Bowden].; Credit: SUN FILE 1973

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