Bob Palmer signs off

Bob Palmer.

Of late, Democratic National Convention-related reports have dominated the home pages at area television stations' websites. But at this writing, another story has risen to the fore at Channel 4, Channel 7 and Channel 9 -- the death of veteran Denver-area television anchor Bob Palmer at age 77.

When he retired from Channel 4 in 1997, Palmer was a reassuring, grandfatherly presence -- but two decades earlier, he was the star of a Channel 7 newscast that dominated the ratings. Click "More" to see a video clip of Palmer in his 1977 prime, complete with cheesy graphics and theme music that Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character could appreciate. That's the way it was. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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