Dan Hicken departs First Coast News

After 27 years, sports director/anchor Dan Hicken has left Jacksonville TV news station WTLV, part of a duopoly branded as First Coast News. Here's a look at how the news broke on social media and the response.


  1. According to a search of tweets, the news of Hicken's departure appeared to become public just before 6 p.m. Wednesday. The source: Fellow sports anchor Sam Kouvaris from WJXT.
  2. Some initial reaction:
  3. Twenty-seven minutes after Kouvaris' first tweet, Hicken's former employer confirmed his departure to the news organization's followers on Twitter and Facebook.
  4. An hour later, First Coast News announced the departure on its website, firstcoastnews.com, with the following: 

    "JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After 27 years, Sports Director Dan Hicken is leaving First Coast News. We wish him well in all his future endeavors. Check out the video above to see a tribute to Dan."

    The hastily edited video tribute was 1:08, exactly four seconds for each year of Hicken's time at the station.

  5. Oddly, some viewers apparently thought Hicken had died. FCN anchor/meteorologist Lew Turner responded:
  6. Reaction from current and former WTLV on-air talent:
  7. Times-Union sports columnist Gene Frenette offered more details.