Jerry Dunphy

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Jerry Dunphy (June 9, 1921 - May 20, 2002) was an American television news anchor in the Los Angeles/Southern California media market. He was best known for his catchy intro "From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California, a good evening." After serving as a pilot in World War II, Dunphy began his broadcast television career in 1953. He was the news director/anchor at then-CBS owned-and-operated (O) WXIX (now CW affiliated WVTV) in Milwaukee. Dunphy also was a sports reporter at another CBS O, WBBM-TV, in Chicago. Then in 1960, Dunphy took over the anchor chair at the Los Angeles CBS O station KNXT (now KCBS-TV), where he anchored Los Angeles' most popular newscast later titled "The Big News", a program that often attracted a quarter of Los Angeles television owners, ratings unheard of in the market. He was still popular when fired in 1975, yet KNXT sought to adopt a faster paced, "Eyewitness News" type format. It was then when Jerry joined KABC-TV, bringing it to the top of the ratings, making it Southern California's news leader. Since Dunphy's unceremonious firing, Channel 2 has never recovered in the ratings.
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