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Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards: our last Rose Parade

bob-eubanks-edwards.jpgEubanks and Ederds at their first Rose Parade together in 1982.

Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards were on the KTLA Morning News today to announce that this coming Rose Parade will be the final year that either of them work the parade for Channel 5. That will be 38 years for Eubanks and a few years shorter for Edwards. "It's just time," Eubanks said. Completely our decision, he said as she nodded.

Edwards wetYou may remember there was quite a bit of consternation in KTLA land several years when the station started dissing the female half of the duo — Edwards was bumped out of the booth for a younger woman, and assigned one rainy year to the sidelines. Viewers objected and she rejoined the team after some uncomfortable moments for KTLA management and for Eubanks.

In talking with Sam Rubin on the air this morning, Eubanks praised Edwards as the most wonderful lady in the world and said he just wanted to take holiday vacations with his 12-year-old son. Edwards jumped in and said "all true!," then offered her own reasons for giving up the Jan. 1 gig. "I'm tired of the sound of my own voice," she said. "We really did not get asked to leave — this time."

They first did the Rose Parade together in 1982 — clips were shown. The segment is watchable below.

Whatever you think of them, these are some longtime people's favorite Los Angeles broadcasters. Edwards started with Ralph Story at KNXT Channel 2 and Eubanks was the KRLA deejay who brought the Beatles to Los Angeles in 1964 and '65 and went on to a long TV career.

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