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Dave Furst says farewell to WRTV after 23 years

Posted at 7:08 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 19:49:48-04

So this is it.

I've been trying to come up with a way to look back at 23 years and I've come up with this — mic flags. I've kind of used a few. Never used this one but this is how I remember watching Channel 6.

And an opportunity to work with Ed Sorensen.

And you got to cover Bob Knight and the Hoosiers. And I was cool with that. In fact, my first time on Channel 6 was when I was in college at IU. Wonder whatever happened to that v-neck sweater.

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Ten years later, there I am. Hired by Ed and ready to go. And eight months into it, I get to cover the Pacers and Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals. "The Last Dance" as ESPN called it in the spring.

Was that a goatee? And a monochromatic tie? Of course it was.

We were off and running, a span that included the Peyton Manning era start to finish.

Will never forget being in the locker room after Super Bowl 41, asked by Tony Dungy to stay in the locker room for the post-game prayer. Who does that? Incredible moment.

There were the serious and tragic moments. There were the gags and bits that you just don't have the luxury or time to do anymore.

And of course there's our friend Tony Kanaan, our driver-analyst for an unprecedented 12 years. And when he won the 500 in 2013, there literally wasn't a dry eye in the house. Ours included.

The thing I tell buddies from around the country about Indianapolis, it's the best sports market — period. There is always something going on and it's an area that treats high school sports as big as the pros.

And as for Bobby Knight? It was a day for Knight when he finally returned to Assembly Hall in early February in one of the most memorable scenes in sports in this bizarre year of 2020.

My goal was to get everyone a front-row seat. And I think we did that. Barely a day went by when I didn't think about being a steward to an office once held by the legendary Tom Carnegie. And I'd like to think T.C. would've approved of what we did.

The beauty is there's social media — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. I'm not traveling far. Just west on 16th Street. Joining another great team and a sport that became the love of everyone at WRTV. I look forward to seeing everyone at an IndyCar race and of course, the Indy 500.

My sincere thanks to the staff and management and especially to you for inviting me into your home. It's not taken lightly.

Thank you.