If someone were to ask you if you recognized the faces of national TV newscasters from the 1960s or 1970s, you’d probably do pretty well in identifying them – people like Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters and Dan Rather.
You might do equally well in identifying the likes of Harry Reasoner, Frank Reynolds and John Chancellor.
But a recent survey caught my eye – the Pew Research Center said that only 27 percent of people it surveyed could identify the current anchor of NBC-TV’s Monday-through-Friday 5:30 p.m. newscast, when Pew asked them to look at his photo.
The answer, of course, is Brian Williams. He’s been in the anchor chair for just over nine years. As a former broadcaster, it stunned me that so few people could say who was in the photo.