There was a special mood at the taping of WKYC's Good Company Wednesday morning.
There was frivolity - balloons, cake, champagne.
There was sadness - saying good bye is always difficult.
There was nostalgia - remembering good times with good friends.
The occasion? Fred Griffith, Cleveland television legend, was doing his last show. He was retiring after having logged in more live hours on television than anyone else in history. (Regis Philbin and Fred are very close in hours).
Everybody in Cleveland knows Fred Griffith. He has been a familiar and well-loved face on television for decades.
Read the official Fred Griffith ClevelandSeniors.com profile here.
Wednesday February 22, 2012 was Fred's last day on the air at WKYC on the Good Company Today show. Family, friends and co-workers from the present and past paid tribute to the TV pioneer.
Debbie Hanson of ClevelandSeniors.Com spoke with Fred just before he went on the air for his final show.
Enjoy these photos from Fred Griffith's last day on TV.
One can't walk into a room with Fred Griffith without having fans stop and say hello, as if they have known him all their lives. Actually, they have.
His daughter, Barbara is going to help him write a book and his wife Linda is looking forward to having more time with him.
Whatever is next for Fred Griffith he will tackle the task with the charm and grace he always has and we look forward to his next adventure.