- The Washington Times - Friday, June 2, 2006

Wally Bruckner, the lead sports event reporter and weekend evening sports anchor at WRC-TV (Channel 4), will leave the station next month after 16 years.

Mr. Bruckner joined the NBC station in 1990 and has covered numerous Final Four basketball tournaments, the National Football League playoffs, Washington Redskins games and myriad other events, as well as contributing to the “George Michael Sports Machine.”

Before joining WRC’s sports department, he worked for the Sports News Network, a 24-hour all-sports news information program, as a field reporter.

WRC confirmed yesterday that Mr. Bruckner will be leaving next month and will be replaced by Dan Hellie, the sports director at Orlando’s WFTV-TV, a Cox Enterprises Inc.-owned ABC affiliate.

Neither Mr. Bruckner nor Mr. Hellie returned calls for comment yesterday, but WFTV confirmed that Mr. Hellie was leaving to take the job at WRC.

The Web site News Blues first reported that Mr. Bruckner’s contract had not been renewed and that Mr. Hellie, who grew up in Gaithersburg, would replace him.

Mr. Bruckner has been nominated for 17 local Emmys and received awards for best sports programming in 1996 and his sports series on the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, according to his biography on WRC’s Web site.

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