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Arnold Zenker (born 1938 or 1939) is a media broadcaster and public appearance counselor who gained brief stardom by sitting in for Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News on March 29th 1967. Zenker studied at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving an undergraduate and law degree. In 1967 at the age of 28, he was asked to sit in for anchor Walter Cronkite to deliver the nightly news. Zenker, working as a Manager of News Programming at CBS at the time, was chosen because a strike by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists left the network without an immediate substitute. Once the strike ended Zenker returned to his former post. After that he went on to host a variety of television and radio shows in Boston and Baltimore, and worked at one time in labor relations at ABC. Zenker founded the company Arnold Zenker Associates in Boston, which trains "people to successfully master the public media. It was the first nationwide strike in the 30-year history of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), lasting for 13 days. Many familiar faces were absent from the TV screen during the strike, including that of Walter Cronkite (above) of CBS News. Zenker, formerly a radio announcer in Wilmington Delaware, got the call to fill in for Cronkite.

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