My Turn, Your Turn: Welcome back Bob Townsend

By Gary McNair - bio|email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - This was a great week at WECT, because we got to welcome Bob Townsend back to work.  The Today Show's Matt Lauer even joined in our celebration.

The reason Bob hasn't been in the anchor chair for a few weeks is that he underwent surgery for prostate cancer. Certainly his story is an example of the importance of regular checkups and the huge advantage of being diagnosed early.

As horrible as cancer is, it somehow brings out the best in people. Every cancer survivor I've known, no matter the prognosis, somehow shows a depth of character that maybe went unnoticed prior to the diagnosis.

Bob is no exception. He did not hide his plight.  He shared the news, first with his family, then with his friends here at work, and finally with those of you who invite him into your homes morning after morning.

That couldn't have been easy, but by sharing his hopes, his fears and his faith, he inspired a lot of us around here.  And in a weird kind of way, Bob's bout with cancer has made us all better people.

Bob - we are delighted to have you back.  And I thank you for the example you set for all of us.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Viewers' response:

I just wanted to say that I watch Carolina in the Morning every morning as I enjoy Bob and Kim.  Bob's personnality makes you laugh and I look forward to what he is going to say each day.  I miss him when he is not on the air.  I am glad that he is doing well and back on the job. Way to go Bob.

Take care and God Bless Bob, his family and all of you.


Bob Townsend was one of the reasons I turned into a morning person, formerly a late night person.  A few years ago  before getting on the road to teach school 45 minutes away,  I would listen to the morning show with Bob and get off to a good start.  I'm really glad he's back and doing well.

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