Recap: Paul Douglas & Don Shelby Reunite

Paul Douglas and Don Shelby. Like Peaches and Herb, they were not only reunited but were practically shaking their groove things on the 10 p.m. news Wednesday evening. Earlier this week, we had to other friends from Don’s past drop in to read the news with him on his last full week of broadcasting here at WCCO. Click the following links to check out how Pat Miles and Colleen Needles fared.

Don and Paul’s acerbic repartee with each other is legen- … wait for it … -dary. But the two opened the show on a relatively serious note.

But it wasn’t long before Don moved onto a much bigger story: Paul’s smoldering, sexy looks and the attention they recently received from People Magazine. Again! This actually marks the fourth straight year Paul has been so honored.

When it came time for the two to sit down and talk at length, no topic was left untouched. Paul and Don talked about climate change, make-up artists, their pseudo-brotherly relationship and, yes, Paul’s departure from WCCO and what it’s been like since.

Chris Shaffer was gracious enough to step aside Wednesday evening so Paul could once again deliver the forecast from the WCCO Weather Center. Of course, it will take a few days to see how close his predictions are. It will also take a few days for him just to wrap up the forecast, as Don points out at the end of this video.

Speaking of going over, Mark Rosen wants his time back — years and years and years’ worth of forecasts running over their slot.

Maybe Mark’s for real. While Don and Amelia were notably thrilled to be reunited with Paul, Mark assessed his encore performance as “OK.” Nice!

As you heard in that final clip, Paul is sure retired life is going to be great for Don. It’s not the first time he’s said so, though. Here’s a clip that was shown at Don Shelby’s roast last month.

Thursday night is going to bring a familiar face to the anchor desk to reminisce with Don: Amelia Santaniello! Yes, she’s still working with Don for another few days, but there’s no denying their history as an anchor team is long and storied. Here’s a full preview:

By the way, you can click here for a collection of some of Don’s favorite news stories, and here to wish him well as he approaches retirement.

  • Michael Donley

    I will certainly miss Don, but I’ve missed Paul for years. Two big losses.

  • Andrea Kopischke

    Rude. Maybe you should learn how to spell and then you can give your opinion.

  • SLH

    So great to see these two old codgers together again. Don and Paul, you both feel like family to me–I miss and will miss you.

  • Jake

    Don you were always a great news anchor and made the news exciting and fun to watch and listen to. I will greatly miss you and your sense of humor and wish you the best of luck in your retirement years!

  • Chris P Minneapolis, MN

    I am a “sometme” viewer of the ‘CCO newscasts, buth ave always like Don Shelby. He is a Twin Cities icon, just as Dave Moore before him. Congratulations on your retirement Don!

    • Pam

      I think Don Shelby is a local icon. His wit and wisdom set him apart from other news anchors. He leaves a great legacy behind. Good night Don–you will be dearly missed. I think the good bye ritual that WCCO has done is full of humanity —something dearly lacking in today’s news world. Thanks to CCO for letting fans of Don’s have a vicarious good-bye…well done!!!

  • Diane Baum

    Shelby, Dave Moore, Bud Kraeling…ah, how I loved his weather window…Paul Magers, Ron Magers, Tom Ryther…these are what made the Twin Cities news market STRONG. Paul Douglas…love you so much,,I cried when ‘CCO gave you the axe. Yes, right at work, I cried in shock. But it’s great to see you well, happy and 100% positive that your life is indeed wonderful. here’s to sunny days ahead for all of you! The examples of comradeship are an example of living your life mostly sunny with a high always of 75!!!

  • Recap: Don Shelby’s Final Newscast « CBS Minnesota – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic, and the Best of Minnesota

    […] up. Monday night, Pat Miles joined Shelby, Tuesday, it was Colleen Needles, Wednesday it was Paul Douglas and Thursday, it was the person he’s anchored with the longest — Amelia Santaniello. Former […]

  • Neal De Jesus

    Paul Douglas will teamed with Don Shelby,Amelia Santaniello and Mark Rosen on WCCO 4 NEWS at 10 pm.

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