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Veteran WBRC broadcaster Joe Langston passes away

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Joe Langston (WBRC photo) Joe Langston (WBRC photo)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Longtime WBRC news anchor Joe Langston has passed away.  Langston, a well-known and respected journalist, died early Saturday morning.  The cause of death is not known and funeral arrangements are pending.

Joe Langston joined WBRC in 1963.  He began as a reporter and worked his way up to news anchor, and in 1969 was named Director of News and Editorial Policy.  Throughout his career Langston earned every major award from The Associated Press and United Press International.

Langston was born in 1932 in Tuscaloosa County.  He began his broadcasting career in 1950 while a student at the University of Alabama.  Langston was also an Army veteran.

Langston retired from WBRC in 1987 to work in the communications department at Jacksonville State University, where he retired as Chair of the department in 1998.  He was inducted into the Alabama Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2009.

Langston's funeral will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday at Mountain Brook Baptist Church. Visitation will follow in Hudson Hall. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests giving donations to Mountain Brook Baptist Church.

Portions of this story were prepared with information obtained from the Alabama Broadcasters Association, www.al-ba.com.

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