Mayor Johnson proclaims ‘Dale Hansen Day’ in Dallas

DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson has issued a proclamation declaring Thursday as “Dale Hansen Day” in Dallas.

Thursday is Hansen’s final day as WFAA-TV’s sports broadcaster after 38 years in the job. During his career, Hansen became a Dallas media icon and has received national recognition for his commentary and coverage of Dallas sports.

Hansen received the proclamation on air Wednesday during WFAA’s 10 p.m. newscast.

Here is the text of Mayor Johnson’s proclamation:

WHEREAS, Dale Hansen was born in Logan, Iowa, and came to Dallas in 1980; He worked at KDFW-TV prior to joining the WFAA-TV family in 1983; Over the next 38 years, he made a name for himself and has left a lasting legacy for his humorous, blunt, boisterous, and in-depth reports and commentary on Dallas-area sports and culture; and

WHEREAS, Just a few months after joining Channel 8, the station debuted “Dale Hansen’s Sports Special,” a show that has been part of the WFAA lineup ever since; and

WHEREAS, Hansen gained national recognition after his groundbreaking investigative work focusing on problems with Southern Methodist University’s football program in 1986; His reporting earned him the two most distinguished honors in broadcast journalism: the George Foster Peabody Award for Distinguished Journalism and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award; and

WHEREAS, Hansen has covered local teams in three Stanley Cup Finals, three Super Bowls, two World Series, and two NBA Finals during his tenure with WFAA; He is recognized as the dean of Texas sportscasters, a testament to his talent, his ability to adapt, and his dedication to WFAA; and

WHEREAS, Hansen has been featured in national media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show; and

WHEREAS, From his start with WFAA on March 28, 1983, to his retirement on September 2, 2021, Hansen’s career has been marked by award-winning exposés, powerful investigations, and years of reliable sports news broadcasting; Families in Dallas will sorely miss seeing him on screen and will cherish his legacy with WFAA.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ERIC JOHNSON, Mayor of the City of Dallas, do hereby proclaim Thursday, September 2, 2021, as

DALE HANSEN DAY

in the City of Dallas, Texas.

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