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Marselis Marks 40 Years on the Air

Burlington, Vermont - April 24, 2007

Marselis Parsons started at Channel 3 forty years ago, on April 24, 1967. He was so skinny you could clean a keyhole with him. His glasses were the size of a windshield.

But he reported the news, and reported it well. He quickly climbed the ladder to news anchor and editor, while covering stories that shaped this state and this world.

In forty years, so much has changed: The reporting staff he manages, the sets from which he delivers the day's top stories, and the technology that helps him do it. But his colleagues know one thing has remained constant.

WCAX General Manager Peter Martin says, "He looks for the story and tries to tell the story. That's what news people do. And he does it very well."

WVMT-AM talk show host Ernie Farrar says, "It's just great to be here and in this market for so long."

Ernie Farrar signed on at NewsTalk 620, WVMT, just four months before Marselis picked up a Channel 3 mic. It's quite rare for anyone to work in a media market this size for so long. Two generations have grown up listening to Farrar and watching Parsons.

Farrar says, "I'll give you a good example of what I hear all the time and I'm sure Marselis hears this, too. Now you're getting the offspring of the people that used to listen to you. They'll say, 'Ernie I used to listen to you for school closings!'"

Channel 3's promotions department interviewed Marselis in 1999 about his time here. In that interview, he said, "The most important thing I've learned, and it hasn't changed in 30 years, is you still have to give people information. The who, what, when, where, why, and sometimes how."

And in doing so, he has visited each city, town and gore in Vermont. Probably several times over. His curiosity hasn't waned with time.

Peter Martin says, "I think he's got some miles in him yet."

So much more news to cover.

Jack Thurston - WCAX News

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