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Former longtime Birmingham TV news anchor Joe Langston passes away

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -     Former longtime Birmingham TV news anchor Joe Langston passed away late Friday night at his Liberty Park home. He was 82.

    Mr. Langston was a familiar face to generations of North Alabama TV viewers. He anchored and reported on evening newscasts for almost three decades, from the early 1960's to the mid-1980's.  During his career, he served as prime news anchor, reporter and show host on TV, and, early in his career, his distinctive voice was heard on radio, as well.  

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    Most of his career was spent at WBRC-TV, channel 6, but he also served as prime news anchor at Alabama’s 13 for a few years in the early 1980's.  One of the many stories he covered was the “stand in the schoolhouse door” by then-Governor George Wallace that resulted in the desegregation of the University of Alabama in 1963.

    Mr. Langston was a native of Brownville in north Tuscaloosa County.  He was graduated from the University of Alabama.

    He was elected to the Alabama Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2009.  After his long career in TV, Mr. Langston served as a professor in communications at Jacksonville State University for ten years.

    Mr. Langston is survived by his wife, Margaret, his daughter Susan and his son, Joe, Jr.

    Funeral services are pending at this time.

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