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SALT LAKE CITY — Anchorman Bruce Lindsay will retire from KSL-TV this week, after more than 30 years with the company.
Lindsay, who has anchored evening newscasts for KSL continuously since 1978, first joined the TV station in 1974. Reporting assignments have taken Lindsay to every corner of the state and around the world, and he will continue to travel as he and his family head to Australia, where he will serve as president of the Australia Perth Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
His first inclination toward journalism and documentation, however, began long before he joined the KSL team. He says that it was Santa Claus who first nudged him toward the pastime of telling stories, by giving young Lindsay a Brownie movie camera.
"It was my pride and joy, and I became the family chronicler of events and learned to tell stories on the screen," Lindsay said.
In 1968, as a junior in high school, he was nudged just a little harder when a young television reporter named Dick Nourse came to his class and shared his chronicle of the Vietnam War, and talked about broadcast journalism.
I'll never forget the first day I met Bruce...I was a young news director. I didn't know much about what I was doing, but I was smart enough to recognize talent when I saw it and there it sat before me.
–- Spencer Kinard, former news director
"Since I had already been dabbling in home movies," Lindsay said, "I went up after the class — I really did — and introduced myself and said, ‘I think someday I'd like to do what you do.'"
In 1974, Lindsay was in college at Brigham Young University and looking for an internship. As Spencer Kinard, the news director at the time, tells the story, KSL was still shooting newscasts in black and white film.
"I'll never forget the first day I met Bruce, it was 1974," Kinard said. "He came up from BYU with a bunch of other people applying for an internship. I was a young news director. I didn't know much about what I was doing, but I was smart enough to recognize talent when I saw it and there it sat before me."
According to Lindsay, the interview went well and he was offered $2 an hour, "which just about sounded like the sun, the moon and the stars." His first on-air appearance was during an evening shift. Lindsay says that interns were not supposed to be on the air, and that the rule was understood by everyone except for the 10 p.m. show producer. As he was in the newsroom one night, a gas station near the airport blew up, and Lindsay rushed on-scene.
"I got my 16 mm Scoopic camera, shot the story, came back, had the film processed, wrote a little track on and put it on audio cassette and handed it to the producer," Lindsay said. "She didn't know I wasn't supposed to be on the air."
Rather than losing his position with the company, Kinard offered him a job.
"I said, 'there's no way we're letting this guy get away. He's too good,'" Kinard said.