Guy Gordon credits WZZM for success

7:08 PM, May 14, 2012   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Guy Gordon has spent nearly three decades anchoring newscasts in Detroit. He credits a lot of his success to what he learned at WZZM 13 in the 1980's.

He worked at the station from 1981 to 1984 as the weekend anchor. It was a dream come true for the Grand Rapids native.

"I grew up watching ZZM, I grew up on the Northeast side of town. I couldn't be more eager to work at TV 13," says Gordon.

He quickly realized how much he could learn from the senior anchors Barry Shanley and Lee Van Ameyde. During the week he worked with them as their evening reporter.

"Those guys were so good and they were so good to me, because I don't know if people realize Barry and Lee just didn't anchor the newscasts - they produced the newscast. They came in, they chose what stories we were going on... they stacked it, edited it, looked to see if it was balanced, fair accurate and they also wanted to make sure it was interesting," said Gordon.

After three years Gordon realize if he wanted to move up he'd have to move on.

"The reason I left, because I knew that Lee was really good and he had deep roots and I knew there weren't going to be any openings on that anchor desk. Well 30 years later that was the right call," said Gordon.

Gordon moved on to Detroit where, 28 years later, he still anchors the news at the NBC affiliate. He is married with three grown children but still misses his hometown.

"I always wanted to raise my family in Grand Rapids because it was such a great town, but professionally it was not meant to be," said Gordon.

By Juliet Dragos

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