WBEZ | WFLD-Channel 32 http://www.wbez.org/tags/wfld-channel-32 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Departing Fox Chicago anchor invests in new career http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/03/departing-fox-chicago-anchor-invests-in-new-career/19182 <p><div style="margin-right: 15px; float: left; text-align: center;"><p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//harlan.jpeg"><img height="263" width="198" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//harlan.jpeg" alt="" title="harlan" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 1px 5px;" class="size-full wp-image-19203 " /></a></p><p><sup><strong><em>Byron Harlan</em></strong></sup></p></div><p>The next time you see <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/about_us/personalities/Byron_Harlan">Byron Harlan,</a> he could be sitting across a table from you, discussing annuities, dividends and mutual funds. After 30 years in the broadcast news business -- &nbsp;including the last 13 at WFLD-Channel 32 -- &nbsp;he's launching a new career as a financial adviser.</p><p>Harlan, 50, signed off Sunday as weekend news anchor at the Fox-owned station -- &nbsp;the latest casualty in a purge of familiar faces there, including <a href="/feder/2010/03/fox-chicago-plays-fast-and-loose-with-nancy-loo/17100">Nancy Loo,</a> <a href="/feder/2010/03/we-report-you-decide-fox-chicagos-fix-for-local-news/18273">Lauren Cohn</a> and <a href="/feder/2009/12/fox-chicago-drops-political-pro-from-its-ticket/10328">Jack Conaty</a> (as well as about two dozen technicians and other off-air employees to be laid off by July). Harlan's longtime anchor partner, Nancy Pender, is expected to work solo on weekends for the time being.</p><p>While his departure may have surprised viewers, it was a move Harlan has been anticipating for four years. That's how long he's been preparing for his entry into the financial services business.<!--break--></p><p>&quot;I was working to stay [at Fox], but I knew there was a possibility that I wouldn't,&quot; said Harlan, a San Diego native who joined Channel 32 in 1997 from CBS News' NewsPath service, where he'd been a Chicago-based correspondent and fill-in anchor for &quot;Up to the Minute.&quot; &quot;So I've been working extremely hard to lay the groundwork for this, and it all kind of came together at once.&quot;</p><p>Until he is free to announce the name of the company he's joining in the Chicago area, Harlan hopes to keep in touch with friends and fans on his <a href="http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000672549502&amp;ref=ts">Facebook page.</a></p><p>As for leaving behind his three-decade career in broadcast journalism, Harlan says he has no regrets. In fact, as far as he's concerned, the timing couldn't be better:</p><blockquote>&quot;I think the business is rediscovering itself and finding out how to make changes. In a global sense, we've delivered the product in the same way for a relatively long time -- a two-anchor format, sports and weather. And that's changing. So that's going to mean some growing pains. What the final outcome of that is going to be I don't know. I can't even imagine. But I am witnessing the change, and the rate of change is accelerating every year, from what I see. But I'm OK with it, because I had 30 years. Thirty great years. So I feel very lucky -- and very excited about what's next.&quot;</blockquote></p> Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/03/departing-fox-chicago-anchor-invests-in-new-career/19182