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Remembering Derwin Robinson: Richmond loses broadcasting legend

The man behind the voice of the iconic WTVR sign-on has died at just 65 years old
Posted at 7:02 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 23:49:13-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Central Virginia has lost a broadcasting legend. Even if they didn't know his name, longtime Richmonders very likely knew Derwin Robinson’s voice.

The man behind the voice of the former WTVR sign-on that would air every morning has died at just 65 years old.

Derwin worked at WTVR CBS 6 for more than four decades starting when he was just a teenager.

He directed newscasts, ran live trucks and later became senior master control operator.

Derwin was the classic "man behind the scenes," which is why he was the one chosen to famously flip the switch when WTVR converted from analog to digital television in 2009.

And Derwin loved Richmond and its traditions, especially during the holidays. In fact, he spent many years performing as one of the three wisemen during the annual nativity pageant at the Carillon in Byrd Park.

There will never be another Derwin Robinson and everyone at the station grieves this loss and sends our heartfelt condolences to his family.