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Dick Albert retiring from Channel 5

February 4, 2009
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Dick Albert is joining the exodus from WCVB Channel 5. The longtime meteorologist announced his retirement today, saying his last broadcast will be Feb. 26.

News director Coleen Marren also left the station recently, after not renewing her contract, and longtime anchor Jim Boyd retired, as well.

Albert said he’s been in broadcasting for 41 years – 31 years at WCVB – and is ready to move on. “I’m going to be 65,” he said. “I’ve been thinking a lot about it and reading a book called ‘The Third Chapter.’”

He wants to spend more time with his wife of 42 years, and may also pursue teaching and public speaking, he added. “I would like to teach people how to go into a computer and figure out all those technical things that only TV meteorologists know.”

The Emmy-winning weather man is also planning a website to continue sharing his “love of the weather.”

Co-chief meteorologist Harvey Leonard will take on Albert’s duties at 5 and 6 p.m.

PAYSHA RHONE

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