2016 marks our 60th anniversary here at CHEK.
Tonight, more than 80 station employees, past and present, gathered in Victoria for the CHEK alumni reunion.
CHEK anchor Stacy Ross kicked things off welcoming the big crowd.
It included more than a few familiar faces to longtime CHEK viewers from over the past few decades.
“Incredible memories, it was a privilege, I think I did around 2000 newscasts in 12 years,” said former anchor and reporter Meribeth Burton.
“I met the best people and hopefully made a difference in some people’s lives.”
The gathering also featured many other members of the CHEK family who’ve worked tirelessly behind the scenes over the years.
“I think it was great being part of the station for about 15 years in that 60, a great experience for me, ” said former CHEK sportscaster Keith Wells.
“This is fun to see some of the old faces tonight, the station is great and I had a great time here and terrific memories.”
CHEK hit the airwaves in 1956 making it the first and oldest privately owned TV station in B.C. and, in 2009, it became Canada’s only employee-owned independent one.
“I think that the local connection that CHEK has has really paid off, ” said former CHEK Vice-President and General Manager Jim Nicholl.
“Its great to see the employees running the show and keeping the legacy of local television alive.”