Al Sanders

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Al Sanders
Born Albert Gay
March 13, 1941
St. Louis, Missouri
Died May 5, 1995(1995-05-05) (aged 54)
Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation anchorman
Notable credit(s) Co-anchor of WJZ-TV, Eyewitness News
Spouse(s) Ruth
Children Brandon, Christopher and Tisha

Al Sanders (March 13, 1941 - May 5, 1995), was an American, award winning, television news anchorman at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. He helped take a third place television newscast to first place, where it stayed throughout his career.


In 1967 Sanders, as Al Gay, worked for radio station KXLW, in St. Louis, Missouri; in 1969 he changed stations and his name. His new station: KWK, St. Louis, his new name: Al Sanders.[1] Sanders joined WJZ-TV in 1972 and became a news anchor five years later. Prior to his arrival on Television Hill, WJZ's news was mired in third place in a town that had three major network newscasts: WBAL-TV was #1, WMAR-TV was #2. Three years later, WJZ with Jerry Turner, Sanders, Bob Turk (weather) and Nick Charles (sports) was a runaway #1, with more viewers than their competitors combined, and stayed there through the 70s and into the 80s.[citation needed] He continued alone after Jerry Turner died in 1987 and made Denise Koch a permanent partner a year later (Koch had been filling in for Turner during his illness with esophageal cancer). Sanders won Emmy Awards in 1993 and 1994 for his regularly featured specialty report, "Picture This."[2] In March 1995, Sanders was diagnosed with lung cancer. Sanders died at the Johns Hopkins Hospital on May 5, 1995, and was replaced by Vic Carter, formerly of WSB-TV in Atlanta.


Each year, the Baltimore Community Foundation awards college scholarships in the name of Al Sanders for those students who are musically inclined.[3] In Baltimore, a section of Druid Park Drive between Park Heights Avenue and Clipper Road has been named in his honor.

Preceded by
Jerry Turner
WJZ-TV Lead Anchors
1987/1988 – 1995
Succeeded by
Vic Carter


  1. ^ "Radio Broadcasting History: Al 'Scoop' Sanders". 440 International Inc. Archived from the original on 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Al Sanders; News Broadcaster, 54". New York Times. 1995-05-07. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  3. ^ Lee, Peggy (2008-02-08). "Scholarships Turn College Dreams Into Realities". WJZ-TV. Retrieved 2008-04-17. [dead link]

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