Pioneering Cleveland broadcaster passes away

(Cleveland) - Fred Griffith has died at the age of 90. The legendary Cleveland broadcaster was on the air at WEWS TV-5 from 1966 to 1999, and was best known as the co-host of the Morning Exchange, which debuted in 1972.

He was so popular that ABC-TV tried to hire him to host Good Morning America, but declined to leave Cleveland. Griffith later moved to WKYC-TV3, and retired in 2012.

Griffith was born in Charleston, West Virginia, the oldest of six children. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

Griffith won several Emmy Awards for his work and was inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame.

(Photos courtesy WEWS TV5)

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