On the same day that Brett Farve says “no mas” we have received word from several different outlets that Rich Brenner the Sports Director/Anchor at FOX8 WGHP in High Point has decided to step down at the end of this month. Brenner like Farve is going to call it quits. Brenner has been a good one and with his decision to no longer do sports, I guess that makes me, “The Dean of the Triad Sportscasters”. Charlie Harville, Add Penfield, Gene Overby, Bob Licht, and now Rich Brenner; they are all gone. I used to watch Rich on TV13 WSET in Lynchburg back when I was in college and that was his first full-time job.
Good job Rich and I hope you enjoy your retirement.
Now who will replace Rich and take over the desk and run the WGHP FOX8 Sports? Will it be Kevin Connelly or Danny Harnden? Something’s gotta give here…..Who will take the FOX8 Sports into the new HD Universe?
Here’s some background on Rich that I gathered from the FOX8 Web site as tribute to Mr. Brenner’s efforts:
Rich Brenner spent the summer of 1967, between sophomore and junior years of college, in Vietnam as a fully accredited news correspondent representing the collegiate point of view. He is a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Rich broadcast his first football game over the radio with play-by-play reports in October of 1965. He began full-time television sportscasting at WLVA (now WSET) in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1975. Since then, Rich has worked in Portsmouth, Virginia; Raleigh-Durham; and Chicago, Illinois. He came to FOX8 in 1987 as sports anchor. He currently anchors The FOX8 5,6 and 10:00 News. A member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science prestigious Silver Circle, Rich has won three Southeast Region Emmys and a National Iris Award.
Rich and his wife, Judy, have been married for 30 years and live in Greensboro. He enjoys sports of all kinds and motorcycle riding, including six cross country rides with Kyle Petty’s Charity Ride Across America. Judy Brenner is a crime analyst with the Greensboro Police Department. Their son Shawn is an aspiring country music drummer and lives in Nashville, while daughter Lesley lives in Greensboro.