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Cronkite's voice will stay on air

July 21, 2009|Associated Press

CBS says the voice of Walter Cronkite will continue to be heard announcing the "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric."

Cronkite recorded the introduction to the newscast he anchored for nearly two decades in 2006, when Couric became anchor.

Immediately after his death Friday at age 92, the network had planned to retire the recording but reconsidered. Members of Cronkite's family gave their blessing to the decision to continue using his voice, said CBS News spokesman Jeff Ballabon.

Cronkite, who came to be called "the most trusted man in America," anchored "The CBS Evening News" from 1962 until 1981.

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