November 25, 2015

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Retired WCBS Newsman Pat Parson Dies

Retired WCBS news anchor Pat Parson, whose rich baritone informed and entertained radio audiences in the New York metropolitan area for 20 years, died Thursday at St. Peter's University Hospital. He was 65. The cause of death was cancer.

In a statement, WCBS Vice President and General Manager Steve Swenson said, "Pat was the consummate professional journalist but also was a great radio communicator. His voice and style were comforting and friendly, yet also authoritative and credible."

The Newark native, whose real name was Pasquale D. Tominaro, joined the all-news station in 1970 and co-hosted the afternoon news until he retired in 1990.

Much of that time, he shared the microphone with Ben Farnsworth, who now co-anchors the morning news on business-talk station WBBR.

"In New York radio, Pat was a legend," Farnsworth said. "He was an extremely talented perfectionist who always wanted to do things to the highest standards."

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