Dick Hawley: WMC Action News 5's first anchorman - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Dick Hawley: WMC Action News 5's first anchorman

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Long-time news anchor Dick Hawley served as the face of WMC Action News 5 for more than 42 years. 

Hawley got his start in radio, but switched to television in 1951 where he served as "your 'Esso' reporter." From there, he became WMCT's first anchorman. 

When TV news was still a relatively new concept, anchormen did the news, weather, and advertisements. 

Hawley covered significant events like the National Civil Rights Movement and anchored five hours of coverage for Elvis Presley's funeral in 1977.

In the 1980s, Hawley became host of TV5's "Wake Up Call," and helped Mid-Southerners get their days started on the right foot. 

Before working in radio and TV, Hawley served as a bombardier instructor in World War II. 

Dick Hawley retired in 1993 and after suffering from heart trouble, died in 2004. He was 79 years old.

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