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Former CNN anchor Bob Losure's on-stage emcee skills are well known to his clients from Mercedes-Benz to Delta Airlines, and 130 other blue-chip firms. Now, Bob has added to those skills with a new keynote presentation, “The Time of My Life—A Former CNN Anchor Remembers Ted Turner...and Looks Ahead as a 28-year Cancer Survivor.”
Bob unveiled the keynote in September at an evening gala of Executive Women International at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. As Executive Women International's Karen Kellogg wrote: “I can see why your speaking and emceeing skills are in such demand. We were discussing what a wonderful voice you have—and you have such a natural command of the stage with your presence.”
His cancer survival story and how it led him to the CNN anchor chair in 1986 has captivated audiences from M.D. Anderson in Houston to Provena St. Joseph's Medical Center in Chicago. Now, Bob adds more stories of what he learned working for Ted, and interviewing journalistic icons like Walter Cronkite and Paul Harvey.
He gives us a humorous look behind-the-scenes at CNN, and remembers a wedding where he was misidentified as anchor colleague Chuck Roberts at the start of the long wedding reception line. Not wishing to offend anyone, Bob continued right down the line, glad-handing everyone and introducing himself as Chuck Roberts, and to his surprise, no one ever noticed.
He also tells the courageous story of his colleague, anchor Don Harrison, who showed what courage was all about while broadcasting live on CNN Headline News in 1990. Don refused to read on-the-air what turned out to be an erroneous story that President George Bush Sr. had died beneath a dinner table in Tokyo. Don, who had battled cancer twice before, losing a leg to its ravages at age 13, saved the network from what would have been a disaster of monumental proportions.
Bob lets his audience into his own deepest thoughts on cancer as he lay in a hospital bed after numerous surgeries and chemotherapy treatments in 1985, watching his permanent replacements in his former anchor chair at a local TV station. He recounts how the help of many people he never even had the chance to meet in person got him back on the road to winning the fight against cancer and motivated him to seek and get the CNN anchor job.
While based in Atlanta at CNN, Bob covered national stories in the field, including live reports from the Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco, Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's capture and return to Miami, and Nelson Mandela's historic visit to Atlanta.
Now Bob keynotes and emcees for firms like London's JCB, the world's third largest heavy equipment manufacturer, even anchoring a newscast of JCB news using a New York-based film crew, in the ballroom onboard the Westerdam in the Caribbean. At CONEXPO in Las Vegas, he's hosted a JCB news briefing and interviewed JCB dealers live on-stage.
In 2012, he interviewed top financial planners on-camera in an 8-hour webcast for Thrivent Investments, and returns there this November. In 2010 he hosted a 90-minute live webcast with Delta CEO Richard Anderson and 215 flight attendants in Atlanta, and in May of 2013 he hosted a news conference for 63 foreign journalists for Delta in New York City.
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