Henderson says goodbye: Classic stories, final commentary, sign off - more

Henderson says goodbye: Classic stories, final commentary, sign off - more

Henderson says goodbye: Classic stories, final commentary, sign off - more



Posted on February 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 2:09 AM

As we remember Jim Henderson's tenure at WWL-TV, here are some of the highlights -- photos, videos and stories -- on, perhaps, the city's best sports broadcaster.


Photos from Jim's final newscast and the newsroom farewell party honoring him for his years of service at WWL.

Among the gifts were a cake, but more importantly, a framed copy of Jim's draft of his commentary that he would deliver after the Saints finally became world champions.

Click here or the photo to see more images from Tuesday's party and newscast.

Rewind: Watch Jim's commentary after the Saints won the 2010 Super Bowl. 

"It's been a pleasure"

Yesterday, was bittersweet at the station, as Jim delivered his final commentary, saying goodbye to the viewers that have tuned him to watch him deliver sports and commentary for 34 years...

"Before my first sportscast here at Channel 4 nearly 34 years ago, I was given the company of an armed guard. The station was fearful that a disgruntled supporter of my predecessor might take a shot at me.

I thought then that that would be the hardest sportscast I would ever have to deliver here. I haven't been afforded an armed guard tonight. But I've found that I was wrong. It wasn't the first sportscast that was the hardest.

It was the last."

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Through the years

Photographer T.J. Pipitone created this look at Jim through the years at WWL.

Simply the Best

Calling him a "dear friend," Former Saints quarterback Archie Manning, who once shared a broadcasting booth with Jim Henderson, reflects on Channel 4's outgoing sports director's career.

Click here to see the video

Also, click here to see photos of Jim through the years.

Longtime co-worker Tom Planchet summed up his time working with Jim:

"There are many benefits to having been a sports fan or even a non-sports fan in New Orleans the past three decades, not the least of which has been having the good fortune to have enjoyed the eloquence of the best local TV sportscaster in America.

I have no qualms in saying that you will never see the likes of Jim Henderson on a local sports channel for a 30-year time span again."

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See viewers reaction to Jim Henderson's last report on WWLTV's Storify: