Rudy Kalis retires after 43 years at WSMV - WSMV News 4

Rudy Kalis retires after 43 years at WSMV

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Rudy Kalis in 1978 (WSMV file) Rudy Kalis in 1978 (WSMV file)
Demetria Kalodimos and Rudy Kalis embrace after he announces his retirement. (WSMV file) Demetria Kalodimos and Rudy Kalis embrace after he announces his retirement. (WSMV file)
Rudy Kalis took to the skies in Air 4 for Touchdown Friday. (WSMV file) Rudy Kalis took to the skies in Air 4 for Touchdown Friday. (WSMV file)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

After more than 43 years at News 4, longtime sports anchor and reporter Rudy Kalis is saying goodbye.

Kalis announced his retirement earlier this year. His final day is Thursday.

“I think 43 years is a long time and maybe enough. I’ve decided that this will be my last football season, last Touchdown Friday. And when the football season is over, I think it’s time to move on,” Kalis said in August.

Kalis joined the station in 1974. During that time, he served as sports director, as well as anchor and reporter.

In November 2014, he became the co-anchor of Channel 4 News Today for two years. Before his retirement, he reported for the “Real People with Rudy” franchise and took to the skies in Air 4 every week of the high school football season for Touchdown Friday.

Kalis was born in Germany and grew up in Milwaukee, WI. He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force as a military police officer before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Broadcasting.

Kalis came to Nashville after spending two years at WFRV-TV in Green Bay, WI. Here he has won four regional Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sportscast and Commentary. He has been voted the Outstanding TV Sportscaster dozens of times by various Nashville publications. Kalis is also the 12-time winner of Outstanding Sportscast in Tennessee by the AP.

Kalis said he is going to spend his retirement traveling to see his grandsons. He will also still be involved in special projects at News 4, including the Olympics and postseason sports coverage.

Watch News 4 all day Thursday as we pay tribute to Rudy Kalis and his more than four decades at News 4.

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