KTRK's longest-serving employee retires

Danny Swope, right, celebrates his last day at Channel 13. Swope retired Wednesday, nearly 48 years after he was hired by KTRK.

July 26, 2012 5:43:53 PM PDT
We have to say so long to another longtime member of our Channel 13 family, and we mean really long time; actually, the longest time anyone has ever worked here.

When Danny Swope started in our engineering department, Lyndon Johnson was president, McHale's Navy was a Top 10 TV show, and our news department consisted of only seven people.

Danny, manager of engineering operations, retired Wednesday after nearly half a century with Channel 13. Here's been here since November of 1964 - almost 48 years.

We're really gonna miss Danny around here.

With Danny gone, ABC13 Anchor Dave Ward becomes the longest-lasting employee.

Danny and his wife, Suzanne, are going to travel and spend more time with their grandkids.

We all wish them the very best.