Carl Williams Obituary, Anchor and Newsman For WBIR Broadcast Company Has Died
- john Gibson
Carl Williams Obituary, Death – Carl Williams’ voice resounded through the East Tennessee mountains and hills for many years. Families in the area recognized him as the voice that brought them local news. On April 17, 2023, he died. When WBIR officially opened its doors in 1956, he was the organization’s first anchor and newsman to join. He spent 37 years as a news reporter for the channel. He was also a part of the station’s earliest known surviving newscast, which aired on June 21, 1960.
Good night. He begins the show by saying, “The White House declared tonight that President Eisenhower considers his travel to the Philippines, Formosa, and South Korea absolutely successful. In the course of an almost four-decade career, he presented tales about a world that was always evolving. He was employed at WBIR during the end of the Vietnam War and the first lunar landing. As consumer computers hit the market and the internet got started, he was covering news.
At the age of 17, he began working in radio. He covered news on boxing, a Knoxville anti-litter initiative, and the Tennessee Smokies in the first WBIR broadcast that has been preserved. In a 2015 interview with WBIR, he described how he began each day at the news organization by rising at 2:45 a.m., making it to the newsroom by 4 a.m., and preparing for the 6 a.m. show. “The newsroom contained two people. In that interview, he stated that this was the composition of the news staff.
Age-wise, he was 94. He is survived by his sons Ted and Melody Williams and Chris and Rebecca Williams, as well as his grandkids and great-grandchildren, according to an obituary published by Atchley Funeral Home. There was a special family celebration in Carl’s honor. Online condolences are available for anybody to offer. In the 1960 program, he states, “That’s the news for tonight.” Until tomorrow night, Carl Williams will be providing reports. I appreciate it; good night.