Cleveland news anchor Ted Henry, who’s retiring this month from ABC affiliate WEWS-TV (5), is remembering the “good old days” when he got his start in the Akron-Youngstown market.

The Canton native tells that city’s Repository newspaper that he got his start at the former WAKR-TV in Akron and WKBN radio and TV in Youngstown.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Julie Washington asked Henry how he survived in the notoriously fickle TV business for more than four decades.

“Beats the hell out of me,” Henry said.

A half-hour special celebrating Henry’s career airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday over WEWS.