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WSB-TV’s Chuck Dowdle retiring at the end of year

Veteran WSB-TV sports anchor Chuck Dowdle is retiring at the end of the year.

“He’s the fabric of WSB,” said news director Marian Pittman. “He was going to retire last year and we had to beg him to stay another year.”‘

Dowdle, an Atlanta native who has been with WSB for 24 years, will continue to work with UGA on a weekly coach’s show with Mark Richt and will do post-game UGA football radio work on WSB-AM.

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“The biggest adjustment will be not being around David [Chandley], Glenn [Burns,] John [Pruitt] and Monica [Pearson],” Dowdle said. “They aren’t just my coworkers. We are really good friends. I truly love these people. They are part of my family.”

He decided it was time to do other things and relax a bit.

Not that he hasn’t enjoyed himself. He said he has been part of some great Atlanta sports moments. His favorite: the Braves “worst to first” season in 1991. He was thrilled to see the Falcons make it to the Super Bowl. And he was there when Evander Holyfield beat Mike Tyson and also when Tyson bit off Holyfield’s ear.

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bulldog bubba

July 30th, 2009
6:20 pm

First Bill Hartman now Chuck.WSB is losing another good one. Zac Klein is ok but not the “go-to” guy like the others.Another BullDawg bites the dust.GO DOGS!!!

Pouya Dianat

July 30th, 2009
6:28 pm

Shame to see Chuck leave. He’ll be missed on the sidelines, baselines, dugouts, etc.


July 30th, 2009
6:34 pm

mayby they will hire = ga tech man, oh no way, what was i thinking, they are located too close to ga tech

Decatur Tech Fan

July 30th, 2009
6:36 pm

Goodbye Chuck…we’ll miss ya. I hope WSB will try to replace him with someone we can like. This will be a big hole to fill. Just look at the Braves broadcast team (TV and radio)as a model as to how NOT build rapport with us native Atlantans.

Red Foreman

July 30th, 2009
6:41 pm

Good luck Chuck!!!! You will be missed!

Scott Anderson

July 30th, 2009
6:42 pm

really will miss Chucks.

Been watching him for many years and enjoying his take on things

Ice Puckey

July 30th, 2009
6:51 pm

Gosh, now who is going mispronounce all the names of the THRASHERS players and provide the most generic and uniformed coverage on the NHL in Atlanta?

Go choke on a puck, Dowdle!


July 30th, 2009
6:54 pm

Chuck is all class all the time. WSB got a BIG problem and Zach aint the answer.


July 30th, 2009
6:59 pm



July 30th, 2009
7:04 pm

Like Larry Munson, Pete Van Weiren, and Skip Caray, Chuck Dowdle will always be remembered as one of the voices of my childhood and my generation of kids who grew up in Georgia and metro Atlanta. We will truly miss you Chuck.. best of luck to you!

Sun Tzu 7

July 30th, 2009
7:10 pm

They should replace him with the Evil Chuck Dowdle.


July 30th, 2009
7:17 pm

No one down here CARES about ice hockey, only about 19,000 transplants.
You can’t SEE the puck. Who cares how you pronounce the names, the Canadians can’t even say them right, aye?


July 30th, 2009
7:19 pm

Kinda glad to see him go. Can’t put my finger on it, but he is just kinda wierd.

Dr Richard Handler

July 30th, 2009
7:22 pm

Chuck is the best, he will be missed for sure!

Thrashers fan

July 30th, 2009
7:29 pm

Maybe they can hire someone who can pronounce the European hockey players’ names. My four-year-old says them better than Chuck.

Neal Boortz

July 30th, 2009
7:30 pm

Maybe he can get his golf game together now … Chuck is my personal ATM on the course.


July 30th, 2009
7:35 pm

Who’s going to host HighQ? He wasnt only a good sportcaster, he is an awesome host of that show. Countless students have had the honor of playing the game with him as moderator.


July 30th, 2009
7:48 pm

I grew up in south Florida in the 70’s and 80’s.Chuck was on channel 10 in Miami anchoring sports in Miami,Glenn Burns was doing the weather in West Palm and was a neighbor in Delray Beach.
Glenn was a big partier !
I moved to Atlanta in 86′ (glorious,classic Atlanta times ! ),and felt right at home watching WSB.
I used to play pickup games (hoop ) with Chuck at the Atlanta Health and Racquet Club,he was a great guy on and off the court.
This guy really loves his job,has a big heart.
He will be truly missed.
I think WSB should give him a million dollar a year for life contract to stay at WSB.


July 30th, 2009
7:51 pm

Gosh, Chuck – you have been such a presence on WSB. You will be missed.


July 30th, 2009
7:51 pm

I remember Chuck when he worked in Miami at channel 10


July 30th, 2009
7:53 pm

I’m a transplant – moved here in ‘85. Chuck Dowdle has been THE MAN here as long as I’ve been here. He still is. We just won’t get to see him as often, I guess.

TV is changing. ESPN, and CNN/SI are 24/7 sports news operations, and local sports broadcasters are getting their segment time shaved away minute by minute as news producers look for ways to cut costs. It isn’t a coincidence that the leading newscast in Atlanta has two of their top guys (in quality and in cost) retire within a year of each other. We may not have local sports, or weather (look for network tie-ins like The Weather Channel or Accuweather as cuts continue).

It’s really sad – an end of an era.

By the way: Chuck announced his impending retirement on 790/The Zone about two weeks ago when he was on with Mike Bell/David Pollock.


July 30th, 2009
8:17 pm

He will be missed by my entire household of sports fans :( .


July 30th, 2009
8:17 pm

Iam going to miss those ugly neck ties and that possum hair

The Voice of Reason

July 30th, 2009
8:21 pm

I hate to see Chuck go and the other posters are right – Zach is definitely NOT the answer. I am sure he got tired of WSB having two hours of the same story on all three segments, and then give sports about two minutes. I think they were afraid they would not give the next house fire or murder enough press. Sports fan the big boss obviously is not!


July 30th, 2009
8:25 pm

Good riddance. Local TV sports is irrelevant and unneeded these days.


July 30th, 2009
8:25 pm

When I first moved back here ten years ago, I saw Chuck Dowdle and thought “only in Atlanta would this guy have a job.” The hairdo was vintage goofball.

As the years progressed, I came to understand Dowdle was the UGA country bumpkin.

No way, no how he has a television job without family connections. I’ll stake my life on that. Don’t try to tell me he’s from Atlanta. All the hicks try to pass that one off.


July 30th, 2009
8:34 pm

Don’t worry Tech fans…there are plenty of Techies working in local media.
Someone has to empty the trash cans, work on the elevators and change
the oil in the satellite news trucks.

Bernie Madoff

July 30th, 2009
8:36 pm

Now Monica can move over to sports. I need someone to call me about an ad for a bridge for sale.


July 30th, 2009
8:44 pm

you have to admire Chuck for hangin with the fans when Atlanta sports hasn’t been too much to brag about over the long haul. and the posts on this blog – embarassin to think this is the best some of you people can do.
Good luck Chuck, and enjoy the down time. You did a great job without being weird like some.

Todd in Midtown

July 30th, 2009
9:01 pm

I hope this isn’t because he is being forced to “retire” because his boyfriend forced him out of the closet.


July 30th, 2009
9:03 pm

Shazzam. Gomer Pyle is leaving the building. Soupprise, souprisse, souprrissee! What a team Chuck and Klitenick. Only in Atlanta.


July 30th, 2009
9:04 pm

all the best chuck. enjoyed watching you over the years. i have always liked that you love the NBA!

Chris McMichael

July 30th, 2009
9:05 pm

Congrats on your retirement!! Thanks for the awesome job you’ve done!!

Marcus Graham

July 30th, 2009
9:08 pm

BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 24 YEARS TOO LONG BUSTER!


July 30th, 2009
9:27 pm

Hey Biomass, you sound like a baldie. Delta has several flights going north tomorrow. Need a ride to the airport?

Jason Jordan

July 30th, 2009
9:30 pm

Chuck, thanks for all the years here in Atlanta. I will miss you and your southern charm. I hope Zach enjoys Atlanta as much as you seemed to do. I think he will be great. Enjoy the time on the golf course.


July 30th, 2009
9:31 pm

I love the evil Chuck Dowdle, the real Chuck Dowdle he always seemed fake to me. Fred Kalil any day for me.

WSB’swsolution is to hire back the world’s tallest female, Stu Klitenic. Peteetong!!!


July 30th, 2009
9:33 pm

He’s a great reporter. I remember when he was the sports anchor in Miami(FL) for WPLG before he left for Atlanta.

UK Daddy

July 30th, 2009
9:33 pm

Chuck before you go please give us on night without the old Pat Riley collar bar and skinny tie! Wide knots are back in style!
Good Luck!

Dean George Griffin

July 30th, 2009
9:38 pm

Tech means almost nothing in this state, other than their ability to whine about being ignored. Who cares about Tech. They would be better off moving to another state where the home team needs a rival. Try Nebraska or Wisconsin.

Robert Thomas Warner Robins GA.31093

July 30th, 2009
9:43 pm

I am really going to miss you. I think you are the best dress sportscaster on TV. I remember the time chuck told me who his tailor was. Good luck to you.


July 30th, 2009
9:44 pm

Shoot, i remember chuck when he was the program director at WRAS, Georgia State’s Radio Station….gonna miss you guy… Thanks for all the memories and reporting….The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly…..

Royal T

July 30th, 2009
9:44 pm

…and Boortz is my personal ATM on the golf course. Chuck we’ll miss you.

Charm Jones

July 30th, 2009
9:48 pm

Chuck if you are retiring does that mean I am getting old???? Congratulations, we will miss you.
Charm Jones

Big J

July 30th, 2009
9:48 pm

Sad news. Hartman now Chuck. Really enjoy watching Chuck. Glad he is going to continue working the Mark Richt Show. Good luck and thanks Chuck.


July 30th, 2009
9:52 pm

I never understood the first thing he said. It was like he always had a mouth full of mashed potatoes. What made him so great? What makes any sports reader great? Anybody can do it. Anybody. I’ll bet Joe Biden could do it.


July 30th, 2009
9:57 pm

So you had a choice Dowdle or Kalil in a daze the last decade. No wonder local sports ended.


July 30th, 2009
10:02 pm

Hopefully Chuck will take over all duties from Loran Smith once Loran retires.

Top Cat

July 30th, 2009
10:03 pm

Robert “Ba Ba” Thomas – I agree, Chuck was always “sharp”. Little tired of the tie bar/skinny tie though…but, will definitely miss him….His sportscasts had soul.


July 30th, 2009
10:03 pm

Good riddance. I’ve had more than my fair share of unpleasant experiences with Chuck. He’s a selfish and rude individual. I’m thrilled I won’t have to look at him much longer.