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Chet Huntley
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Birth Date:December 10, 1911
Astrology Sign:Sagittarius
Chinese Sign:Pig - Yin
Birth Name:Chester Robert Huntley
Birth Place:Cardwell, MT
Died Date:March 20, 1974


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Chet Huntley

Biography:Chet Huntley (December 10, 1911 - March 20, 1974), more popularly known as Chet Huntley, was an American television newscaster.

Huntley was born in Cardwell, Montana. He attended Montana State College in Bozeman and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle before graduating from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1934. He began his radio newscast career at Seattle's KIRO AM, later working on radio stations in Spokane, Washington and Portland, Oregon. He went to work for CBS Radio from 1939 to 1951, at which point he moved to ABC Radio. In 1955, he joined the NBC Radio network, viewed by network executives as "another Ed Murrow."

In 1956, coverage of the national political conventions was a major point of pride for the fledgling broadcast news organizations. NBC news executives were seeking to counter the growing popularity of CBS's Walter Cronkite, who had been a ratings success at the 1952 conventions. They decided to replace their current news anchor, John Cameron Swayze, but there was a disagreement on who the new anchorman should be. The two leading contenders were Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. The eventual decision was to have both men share the assignment. Their on-air chemistry was apparent from the start, with Huntley's straightforward presentation countered by Brinkley's acerbic wit.

This success soon led to the team replacing Swayze on the network's nightly news program. It was decided to have the two men co-anchor the show; Huntley from New York, Brinkley from Washington. The Huntley-Brinkley Report began in October, 1956 and was soon a ratings success. Huntley and Brinkley's catchphrase closing of "Good night, Chet" - "Good night, David. And good night for NBC News." was developed by the show's producer, Reuven Frank. The sign-off became famous (although both men disliked it).

Huntley retired in 1970 and returned to Montana. He published a memoir of his boyhood, The Generous Years, in 1968. Huntley died of lung cancer in 1974 at his home in Big Sky. In 2003, a biography titled Good Night Chet, by Lyle Johnston, was published by McFarland Publishers. Only days before his retirement, Huntley gave an amusing, free-swinging interview with Dick Cavett, available on the DVD The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons, Disc 2.

Preceded by: John Cameron Swayze (as Camel News Caravan) The Huntley-Brinkley Report anchorman October 29, 1956 - July 31, 1970 (with David Brinkley) Succeeded by: John Chancellor, Frank McGee, and David Brinkley (only Chancellor from 1971-1976 and 1979-1982)

Chinese Horoscope for Chet Huntley
Includes characteristics and Vices
Chet Huntley's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 30, 1911 - February 17, 1912
Birthday: December 10, 1911

The Pig is a Yin,
and is the Twelfth sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Chet Huntley's Personality Tarot Card The Chariot - Personality Card

Birthday: December 10, 1911

A struggle or conflict, yet strong potential for triumph over adversity.

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Based on this year's birthday

Chet Huntley's Growth Tarot Card Justice

Birthday: December 10, 2023

Balance, wisdom and a need for rational, logical solutions.




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