BOSTON – I am sure this is the case for almost every major city and region, but there is something about newscasters, sportscasters, and broadcasters, in general, in Massachusetts who just make everything seem that much more special. Whether it is a summer night listening to Joe Castiglione call the Boston Red Sox game on WEEI radio, or watching old clips of Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo in the NESN booth, or checking into weather forecasts with the late Dick Albert, Massachusetts media personalities just have a warm and comforting disposition that can make you nostalgic.
Sadly, one of these longtime figures of WCVB, the Channel 5 news source, is retiring and I for one will miss seeing him recap the evening in sports every night.
Mike Lynch has been WCVB's top sportscaster for 37 years. Last night, he conducted his final sportscast of his career. From this point onward, he is going to serve the news station in a correspondence capacity. The 66-year-old said he still plans to host his high school sports segments, which are known as "High 5." He will also return for his annual tradition, "High 5: Salute to Thanksgiving Heroes."
In regards to his final sign-off, Lynch, affectionately known as "Lynchie," said, “Sadness. Anticipation. When you’re heading down a road you’ve never been down before, you don’t know what to expect. I thought I’d be better with it. I thought that this would be the right time. But I still feel energized and engaged every day in my job, and that’s going to be hard to flip the switch. This isn’t going to be a gradual transition. It’s going to be sudden. When I walk out the door at 11:45, like Mary Tyler Moore, shut the lights off and that’s it.’’
He is definitely going out on top, though, as Lynch was named the Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year 16 times. His presence is definitely going to be missed at WCVB, but all of the Boston media landscape will surely wish him the best going forward.
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