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Bob Thill

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Some things actually improve with age — wine, whiskey, hunky TV newscasters. Back in the mid-1980s, WDAF Channel 4 anchor Bob Thill could have been the inspiration for the title character in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Both men lorded over top-rated newscasts while sporting porn-star mustaches and perfectly coifed hair. But Thill, unlike the fictional Burgundy, had ambitions beyond the newsroom and in 1993 started his own video production company, Thill Media LLC.

He also changed his personal style along the way, shaving the mustache, tossing out the styling products and letting his locks — now blond! — grow long, shaggy and sexy. A few years after leaving the anchor desk, Thill began dating Kansas City's best-known fitness queen, Susie Brown (now his wife), and was frequently spotted around town, sunny and tan and wearing T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops. He didn't look like Ron Burgundy anymore, but he didn't resemble Bob Thill, either. We saw this new Bob Thrill recently, and he looks decades younger and hipper than any of his local broadcasting contemporaries — such as Channel 4's stuffy Phil Witt or squeaky-clean Chris Pisano over at KCTV Channel 5.

How ironic that once he stepped behind the camera, the man became far more handsome than he ever was in front of it. That's why this week we love Bob Thill.

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