Bachman Leaving WHO-HD

Big Changes: If you read the Des Moines Register this morning, then you heard the news about the news: John Bachmann will retire from WHO-HD in November. John has been a fixture around this place as much as the carpet. We just don’t spill coffee on him as often. Here’s the best part of the announcement today…John is retiring but we still get 10 more months of him. I’ll save most of my thoughts for his actual retirement after 25 years here and 40 years in broadcasting.

But John’s interview with the newspaper gives you some insight as to what we see from him every day. Watch the video interview. It’s very personal and very honest. You might be surprised how candid John is. But it’s very revealing about the great man he is. And, yes, as you can tell, John has been a very important man to me during my career here. John is a big reason I am still here. He knows how frustration once nearly convinced me to leave Des Moines, but John’s wisdom kept me here. I have 3 caucuses and too many memorable other stories to count. But most importantly I have a wife and, now, a son here…everything not possible had John told me what a mistake if would have been to move away. Thanks, John. More to come…

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