Do YOU remember Ralph?  Although I had the chance to meet him a couple of times over the years, his TV "gig" was before I moved to this area, but I know for a fact that Mr Vartigan will be remembered well by local Baby Boomers.

According to the Ralph Vartigan was a local TV newscaster who the kids of the Capital Region adored. He was from Watervliet originally and spent nearly 40 years on local TV.

You might remember him as Commander Ralph.  If he was on right now we probably wouldn't be promoting him like this because it aired during the morning hours and he probably would have taken all of our listeners with him.

Actually, if you go back far enough you will remember him as a disc jockey and reporter, and then later became a weatherman!

How about Dialing for Dollars?  He co-hosted a game show too! And in his spare time he became a local politician!

What a great and varied life he seemed to have led. I love that about a person.  He tried everything.  Condolences to his family.

photo by Richie Phillips