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Fred Griffith
Last TV Show
February 22, 2012

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.

Fred Griffith

Fred Griffith

Video tributes came in from other TV legends such as Wilma Smith, Dick Goddard, Jan Jones, Lou Maglio, Connie Dieken and others.

Lee Jordan, who spent years working with Fred on the Morning Exchange on WEWS paid a visit along with Channel 5 meteorologist Mark Johnson.

Lee Jordan and Fred Griffith

Lee Jordan and Fred Griffith

Mark Johnson, Lee Jordan and Fred Griffith

Mark Johnson, Lee Jordan and Fred Griffith


Fred's current co-host at Good Company, Andrea Vecchio, told what knowing and working with Fred Griffith has meant to her.

Andrea Vecchio and Fred Griffith

Andrea Vecchio and Fred Griffith



Loretta Paganini has shared many cooking segments with Fred.

Loretta Paganini and Fred Griffith

Loretta Paganini and Fred Griffith

Fred's other co-host at Good Company, Michael Cardamone, also shared his feelings for Fred.

Enjoy these photos from Fred Griffith's last day on TV.

Daughter Barbara, wife Linda and Fred Griffith watch some clips

Daughter Barbara, wife Linda and Fred Griffith watch some clips


Debbie Hanson and Fred Griffith

Debbie Hanson and Fred Griffith


Mark Johnson, Lee Jordan, Fred Griffith, Andrea Vecchio and Michael Cardamone

Mark Johnson, Lee Jordan, Fred Griffith,
Andrea Vecchio and Michael Cardamone


Fred Griffith with two of his favorite youngsters

Fred Griffith with two of his favorite youngsters


Fred Griffith, Loretta Paganini and Michael Cardamone

Fred Griffith, Loretta Paganini and Michael Cardamone


Joe Cronauer, Fred Griffith and Andrea Vecchio

Joe Cronauer, Fred Griffith and Andrea Vecchio


Friends of Fred Griffith on the set of Good Company

Friends of Fred Griffith on the set of Good Company


Friends of Fred Griffith on the set of Good Company


Friends of Fred Griffith on the set of Good Company


Friends of Fred Griffith on the set of Good Company


Mark Johnson and Lee Jordan comparing legs

Mark Johnson comparing legs with Lee Jordan

Mark Johnson and Lee Jordan comparing legs


Barbara, Linda, Fred, Andrea and Michael

Barbara, Linda, Fred, Andrea and Michael


View from behind the cameras

View from behind the cameras


Andrea Vecchio, Fred Griffith and Michael Cardamone

Andrea Vecchio, Fred Griffith and Michael Cardamone


Daughter Barbara, wife Linda and Fred Griffith watch some clips

Daughter Barbara, wife Linda and Fred Griffith watch some clips


Cake and Champagne toast for Fred Griffith

Cake and Champagne toasts for Fred Griffith


Cake and Champagne toast for Fred Griffith


Cake and Champagne toast for Fred Griffith


Cake and Champagne toast for Fred Griffith


Cake and Champagne toast for Fred Griffith


Cake and Champagne toast for Fred Griffith


Fred Griffith and Andrea Vecchio - a kiss for luck

Fred Griffith and Andrea Vecchio


Friends and family of Fred Griffith

Paying tribute to Fred Griffith


Fred Griffith pioneered day time television. He was the first to do so many things, and do them well. He will be missed by television audiences, but he promises not to go far.

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.

Best wishes on all your future projects, Fred!



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