From Jackie Bradford, president and general manager of NBC4:
"We are heartbroken to announce that Jim Vance died this morning.
"For more than 45 years, Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void.
"Vance always celebrated the good and acknowledged the parts of life that didn’t go so well. That made him a great man.
"To everyone in the Washington area who is heartbroken today, please know we grieve right along with you.
"Jim loved his job, his family and Washington with all his heart, and we will all cherish the legacy he has left us forever."
Vance told viewers earlier this year that he was undergoing treatment for cancer.
Vance joined the NBC station in 1969 and moved to the anchor chair in 1972. The Washington Post reported that Vance's 11 p.m. shows with longtime broadcast partner Doreen Gentzler regularly attracted more viewers than the prime-time programs on the three major cable networks combined.
Saturday, October 21 2017 12:23 AM EDT2017-10-21 04:23:00 GMT
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