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CBS Keeps Cronkite’s Voice-over

NEW YORK: The lateWalter Cronkite will continue introducing the “CBS Evening News,” according to The New York Times. Cronkite, who anchored the newscast for 19 years, passed away last Friday at the age of 92, just three days before the 40th anniversary of the moon landing—one of the more momentous stories during his career. Cronkite’s voice-over has been used to introduce the “Evening News” since Katie Couric took the anchor chair in 2006. The news organization initially said it would stop using the venerable voice, but later reversed the decision after encouragement from Cronkite’s family.

Cronkite, a native Midwesterner known for his level-headed delivery of the news, was immortalized by several media outlets over the weekend. He covered, among other things, the war in Vietnam, the Apollo 11 moon landing, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, Watergate, and the Iran Hostage crisis. He arranged the first appearance of the Beatles on American television. He memorably ended every broadcast with his signature sign-off phrase: “And that’s the way it is.”