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Joe Gehl's Last Day on KEYT
updated: Jan 18, 2013, 10:36 AM

By Richard Mineards

Today is longtime KEYT-TV anchor Joe Gehl's last day on TV Hill, reports Montecito Journal columnist Richard Mineards.

After six years with the ABC affiliate, Gehl is moving on to newer pastures.

Rather than doing both the 5 and 11 p.m. shows, as is normal, his last broadcast will be at 5 before the ABC network news with Diana Sawyer from New York.

He is expected to make a short statement on air to mark his departure.

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 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 10:55 AM

Later Joe Good Luck!

 

 COMMENT 364854 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 10:59 AM

Santtttaaa Barbara, you are looking live at my face for the last time.

 

 COMMENT 364872P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 11:23 AM

I will miss him. My best wishes go with him wherever he goes.

 

 COMMENT 364873 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 11:23 AM

"Hi gdevening everyone" "YOUUUUUUUU AREEEEEEEE lookin live" lol adios Joe take care!

 

 COMMENT 364884 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 11:38 AM

Too bad you can't take Paula Lopez with you.

 

 COMMENT 364886 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 11:44 AM

So sad. Really enjoyed his talent on air. Best wishes to you, Joe, wherever you go!

 

 COMMENT 364887 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 11:46 AM

Why quit a job in a down economy? Did he get work elsewhere?

 

 COMMENT 364899 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 12:08 PM

I'm incredibly sad! He was one of my favorite anchors and I'll miss him and his wonderful sense of humor. Goodbye Joe! You'll me missed by many.

 

 COMMENT 364905 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 12:33 PM

Best anchor in years and a terrific field reporter.

Good luck! We'll be scanning the networks for ya'.

 

 COMMENT 364914P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 12:53 PM

887, I noticed Richard said "newer pastures" not "greener pastures". Good luck Joe.

 

 COMMENT 364915 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 12:53 PM

Bye Joe! Thanks for all your hard work! Good Luck to you!

 

 COMMENT 364918 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 01:00 PM

he probably got tired of week-old "breaking" news.

 

 COMMENT 364919 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 01:01 PM

Thank you Joe!! You added a real dose of professionalism to the evening news! Good Luck!

 

 COMMENT 364920 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 01:07 PM

News Contracts are often not renewed. New Owners making changes.

 

 COMMENT 364927 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 01:32 PM

He probably wanted to move on to a station that has actually heard of HD.

I know the knew owners plan on upgrading, but KEYT is such a pathetic little station, HD has been pretty commonplace for 5 years now. Even that rink-dink operation at KSBY has it.

 

 LOUWHO? agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 02:06 PM

Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Say it ain't so Joe....

 

 COMMENT 364965 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 02:47 PM

No ordinary Joe!

 

 COMMENT 364994 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 03:50 PM

If I'm not mistaken, I think Richard mentioned a different career path last time.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 04:16 PM

Maybe Joe is comming over to Edhat..

 

 COMMENT 365024P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 04:20 PM

A fond farewell Joe.

 

 COMMENT 365027 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 04:30 PM

Many thanks, Joe. You're great. A lot of folks are sorry to see you go. Best wishes in all your future endeavors.

 

 COMMENT 365030P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 04:37 PM

Why was this kept so secret? The only info I had was here at Edhat. Many people are in for a big surprise in an hour or so.

 

 DOGMOM agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 05:01 PM

I became a fan of Joe during his extensive coverage of the Jesusita Fire. Talented reporter. Good luck with your new endeavor Joe!

 

 EZ2 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 05:15 PM

HD is coming in May
New owners mean new management Joe you are wonderful at your job. You will be missed

 

 COMMENT 365052 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 05:16 PM

Joe was wonderful. Very sad to see him go. I surely hope he isn't leaving because of the new owners. They will have made a very bad decision if they are the culprits here.

 

 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 05:29 PM

Waterworks on KEYT right now.

 

 COMMENT 365064P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 05:36 PM

OMG! He was crying, I was crying, Shirin and Alan were crying. They had to go to a photo for a few seconds to give them a chance to collect themselves. No doubt, he will be missed. I wonder if he is going to move out of the area now.

 

 COMMENT 365074P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 06:05 PM

I hope he gets to read this, especially after the thread that was started a month or so ago where it became a diatribe against KEYT.

 

 COMMENT 365084 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 06:41 PM

Outstanding job done in so short of time.He pulled some realics from out of the past. All the best for the rest...

 

 COMMENT 365086 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 06:45 PM

He was great. Good luck in the next phase of your career!

 

 COMMENT 365087 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 06:45 PM

It was clearly a very emotional farewell...

 

 COMMENT 365088 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 06:50 PM

So sad I missed this airing. Is there a way to watch the 5'oclock news online?

 

 COMMENT 365119 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 08:32 PM

Joe will be truly missed. I wish him all the best. His departure is KEYT's loss, and Santa Barbara's loss.

 

 COMMENT 365142P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 10:00 PM

I don't know if you can watch it again. It was mentioned in an earlier post that he won't be on the 11p.m. cast, but I am going to watch just in case.

 

 COMMENT 365161P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 10:34 PM

Thanks Joe

 

 COMMENT 365167P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 03:42 AM

Joe rocking a white tux:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8GT9LrRo7M

 

 MADMAX agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 07:05 AM

Thanks Joe! I enjoyed your humour and wit. Best to you!!!!!

 

 COMMENT 365182 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 07:40 AM

I am gonna miss those EYEBROWS!!!!

 

 COMMENT 365185 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 07:42 AM

Just like "Grumpy Cat" would say.. "GOOD".

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 08:16 AM

6 years does not make "a longtime anchor". I think Paula is great, why does anyone want her to leave her hometown? Her ancestors arrived here w/Padre Serra for the founding of SB, April 21, 1782.

 

 COMMENT 365210P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 08:41 AM

Oh no - missed his goodbye. I wish him all the very best.

 

 COMMENT 365242 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 09:40 AM

Why does Cox Cable or KEYT label "KEYT HD" if High Definition is not gonna happen for KEYT until May??????

Those black borders on each side of the screen during the news are lame.....

 

 COMMENT 365260 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 10:36 AM

What a moving farewell! Thanks, Joe for a great 6 years. You did an excellent job.

 

 COMMENT 365263 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 11:01 AM

Too bad-have to say though that Shirin is a big plus

 

 COMMENT 365267 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 11:22 AM

Will miss you Joe. This marks the end of an era, a good one. Probably the end of good local news.

 

 COMMENT 365284 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 01:17 PM

Definitely the face of news for me! Hope we will see you nationally Joe, or if you stay local, that will be our gain.

 

 COMMENT 365291 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 01:51 PM

Shirin will get her TV reel together and then be off to lusher pastures in a single digit market in due course.
But it's a good location to launch an anchoring career..

 

 COMMENT 365714 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 08:21 AM

Thanks eyebrow dude. Now back to the weather....

 

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