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If ratings are a measure of popularity, then surely this is the most popular person ever to appear on Chicago television.  Some of those ratings are simply unbelievable.  They’ve never been approached by anyone in Chicago broadcasting history and it’s quite likely they never will. - Jim Ruddle, WMAQ Newscaster

“I always had the feeling that I was really honored to be present at the creation of television journalism.  To be able to learn it while I was doing it.  And to be able to teach it to others.” - Floyd Kalber

Just released on DVD, "And Finally...The Floyd Kalber Story" is a documentary that chronicles the five generation career of news anchorman Floyd Kalber, from his first jobs in radio through his local and network careers at NBC and ABC television. One of the pioneers of television news journalism, Kalber's story is an honest and occasionally humorous look at "the big Tuna" behind the scenes.

"And Finally...The Floyd Kalber Story" was produced by Kalber's son, Mick, co-produced by NBC producer Jerry Hansen, and narrated by news correspondent John Palmer. Proceeds from the sale of the DVD will go to 2 scholarship funds that have been established in Floyd Kalber’s name by the Kalber family at Northwestern University and the Omaha Press Club.

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No one delivered the news with more integrity or authority than Floyd Kalber. Present at the creation of television news, "The Big Tuna," as he came to be known, made up the rules as he went along -- and set a standard of excellence for generations to follow. In a splendid career that spanned five decades, Kalber was the epitome of the rock-solid, no-nonsense anchorman. Mick Kalber's loving and insightful documentary skillfully chronicles the remarkable story of his father's rise to network prominence at NBC – from "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" to the "Today" show -- and to unsurpassed ratings at two different stations in Chicago. Drawing on a treasury of family photos and home movies, it also reveals the private side of a very public man: From impoverished youth in Omaha and storybook romance with his high school sweetheart and best friend, wife Betty, to his total devotion to family and friends, "And Finally . . . The Floyd Kalber Story" is an inspiring tribute to a larger-than-life legend.

-- Robert Feder
Chicago Sun-Times

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