Bob Bartlett Celebrates 35 Years with KTAB News

Published 08/22 2014 06:58PM

Updated 08/22 2014 07:02PM

"Wow. It's hard to believe that it's been that long. It's gone just like that," says Bob Bartlett, KTAB's evening anchor.

Bob's broadcast career is unparalleled to many.

Bob adds, "Not a lot of broadcasters get to stay in one place for that length of time."

But, even as the time passes, Bob still remembers the beginning of KTAB News, "First day I walked into the station, brand new building. We had no desks, the phones were sitting on the floor. We had folding chairs."

It didn't take long for his career to take flight, "I went with Dyess to Somalia when they were having so many problems there in the early 90s. I reported on what Dyess was doing."

Covering weather events in the Big Country are among the most memorable, "Probably those that impact people such as floods or tornadoes which are devastating. Of course we hate to have to report those but to be able to help people through those situations is what live broadcast television is all about," says Bob.

He's gained your trust with his professionalism and enjoyed some perks of the profession,
"We had the opportunity to ride elephants in the parking lot at the old west gate shopping center. Their hair is very bristly, hard, and it sticks you."

To Bob, anchoring the news at KTAB, it's not just a job. It's a second home, "I love my family of course first, my five children, my wife. But certainly, I love the opportunity that I've had here at KTAB. "

When asked about the future, Bob says, "I have a son who just started college so I will be working awhile longer in order to pay for that."

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