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"We're going to miss him really bad," Quinn said.

"He always had two or three stories a Red Adidas Long Sleeve day, and he was one of the two most productive correspondents the whole time I was state editor," Johnson, now a capital reporter for the Associated Press in Montgomery, said.

Brandon "Mojo" Murray, a morning show host at WKXX, worked with Fitz for 10 years.

"He was trusted by the people," Quinn said. "When you're in the news business and people trust you, that's the highest honor you can get."

Former Post Herald State Editor Bob Johnson said he "inherited" Fitz as a correspondent when he became state editor about 1980.

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Tom Quinn, president of The Chamber, said Fitz was a big part of RiverFest and the Chamber's annual meeting.

remembered as an outstanding citizen as well as newscaster."

"Dave was more than a co worker or friend. He was like a second father to me, always there with his gruff delivery of kind hearted advice," Murray said. "It's been an honor learning from Dave Fitz for the last decade."

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"Just like clockwork when you came into work, the phone would ring and you knew it was Dave," Johnson said. "He had this most perfect radio voice. You could be out in your car, way out in the country in Alabama, and turn on the radio, and if you heard that voice through the static or background, you immediately knew it was Dave. He was a very decent guy and dedicated to what he did."

"He is Gadsden's Walter Cronkite," J. Holland, radio talk show host at WAAX and Fitz's former co worker, said. "He reported the news and wanted it to be accurate. Gadsden has lost a good man."

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Fitz returned to Gadsden in 1973 as news director of WAAX Radio, a position he held for 25 years. He had been at WKXX and WQSB since 1998.

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Quinn said Fitz already had told him the RiverFest in June was his last to serve as master of ceremonies.

Fitz served as master of ceremonies at many events, including RiverFest, United Way luncheons and The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County's annual meeting.

While Fitz made his living as a radio broadcaster, he also was a steady and conscientious newspaper correspondent for the old Birmingham Post Herald.

Longtime radio newscaster Dave Fitz is remembered as a man dedicated to his family, his job and his community.

Johnson was state editor until about 1992, when he remained at the paper as a reporter.

Fitz was born and raised in South Bend, Ind., and attended Purdue University for one year. He transferred to the University of Georgia and graduated with a degree in radio television in the school of journalism.

The Post Herald was a morning paper and circulated generally statewide during pre Internet and 24 hour news cycle days.

Fitz also worked as a correspondent at Channel 40 and worked as a public relations consultant for Gadsden State Community College.

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The Post Herald switched publishing cycles with the then afternoon Birmingham News, but closed in 2005.

Fitz was not only a great work associate and newscaster, but was a great asset to the entire community," Lee said. "Through his volunteer work, involvement in civic organizations and church, Dave will be Adidas Tracksuit Red Men

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"He would call stories in, and I would take dictation from him," Johnson said of the days before e mail and laptop computers.

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"He was real proud of that time he worked for him," Johnson said.

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