Longtime local TV icon Arch Campbell leaves airwaves

Arch Campbell, left, shown here at a retirement party for longtime WTOP radio host Bob Madigan earlier this year, is "taking a break." (Photo by Emily Heil.)
Arch Campbell, left, shown here at a retirement party for longtime WTOP radio host Bob Madigan earlier this year, is “taking a break.” (Photo by Emily Heil.)

Do not attempt to adjust your TV set, although you might feel compelled to. For the first time in four decades, you won’t be seeing local TV icon Arch Campbell on air.

Campbell, who reported on entertainment and pop culture, most recently for ABC affiliate WJLA and for 32 years before that for NBC’s local station, is “taking a break,” reports DCRTV. WJLA and NewsChannel 8, the longtime host’s home since 2007, were recently sold by Albritton Communications to Sinclair Broadcasting Co.

The new owners of 7 and 8 have graciously asked me to let them know if and when I want to return,” says Campbell’s Facebook page, according to DCRTV. “But right now I’m taking a break. I have a couple of exciting projects ahead and a few personal things to do.”

For those in need of their Arch fix, the oft-behatted Campbell promises to post movie reviews and entertainment guides at Archcampbell.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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