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.

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  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.
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  5. 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.

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