Veteran Missouri Anchorman Quits TV Job to Join the Army

DECEMBER 7, 2006 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD, MO - A veteran Missouri television news announcer is giving up his job to join the Army.

KYTV's Jerry Jacob leaves Springfield for basic training in Fort Benning, Georgia, on January 11.  Jacob says he tried to enlist five years ago on the day after the September 11 attacks, but recruiters told him he was too old.

A few months ago the Army raised its maximum enlistment age to 42, allowing him to sign up.

But Jacob said he finds it more impressive when teens enlist, and a greater sacrifice for them than people in their 40s, like him.

Jacob has been with KYTV since 1995, and is anchorman for the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts Monday through Friday.

He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is a native of St. Genevieve.

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