Dale Hansen Got to Dallas by Wrestling a Bear

It's like Anchorman come to life.

WFAA featured a still of Dale Hansen taking on a bear in a slideshow last year honoring his 30 years at the station.
WFAA featured a still of Dale Hansen taking on a bear in a slideshow last year honoring his 30 years at the station.

WFAA sports anchor Dale Hansen participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) yesterday, and while many of the questions focused on his recently wider celebrity profile for having spoken out about Michael Sam and the Cowboys’ signing of Greg Hardy, I was more interested in this story I’d not yet heard:

Anchorm4n: Dale, I’m a huge fan of your work and your persona. That said, I’ve heard from several folks that you got your big break in Dallas because of something to do wrestling a bear on local TV in the Midwest (Omaha? Iowa?). I’m foggy on the details, but is this story true? I really want to believe it.

Dale_Hansen: yes it is … wrestled a bear at an Omaha boat show … it was the only tape I had since I never thot I’d be leaving Omaha … sent the tape to the dallas station … the gm asked me if I’d wrestle a bear in dallas – i said “find me a bear and i will” .. and they did … I lost both times …

RiffRamBahZoo: 70s and 80s local TV news sounds amazing. TIL Anchorman may actually be a documentary.

Dale_Hansen: it’s a great deal closer than it should have been … but it was an amazing time .. it really was

For shame, Channel 8. Why isn’t this video online?

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