Roger Younker signs off
"Folks, I am going to miss you. Good night." With those words, veteran TV newsman Roger Younker signed off for the last time Friday night, ending a 25-year career with the CBC.
Younker was the host of the CBC supper hour news program in Prince Edward Island. Formerly a one-hour program called Compass, it is now the half-hour local portion of the Canada Now news hour.
He is leaving to accept an appointment to the Review and Appeals Board of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
His final show was packed with politics - an ethical flap involving Island MP and Solicitor General Lawrence MacAulay and a top-level feud in the provincial Liberal party - and he said that's what he's going to miss most.
"There's going to be a Liberal leadership convention, there could be a Progressive Conservative leadership race coming up in the near future. There'll be a provincial election, a federal election," he said.
"And you're going to miss that stuff?" said reporter Ian Petrie, who joined him on the set following a retrospective of his career.
"Oh God, yes," he said.
Younker took over as host of the program in 1982 and covered thousands of stories ranging from the bombing of the P.E.I. legislature to the opening of the Confederation Bridge.
Weatherman Boomer Gallant put a meteorological spin on his career.
"You've weathered a lot of storms, Roger, a lot of high-pressure interviews, but you've reigned supreme," he said, adding: "The long-range outlook for your new career is lots of sunshine."