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    David Letterman Was A Weatherman Before Late Night And Other Facts

    He was a weatherman, sports reporter, game show host, and just overall awesome dude.

    David Letterman steps down from his 33-year reign as the King of Late Night tonight. But how did he get there?

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    Letterman started his storied career as a radio DJ for Ball State University’s WBST. In 1966, he was part of a new team announcing election returns, but he was later fired for his “irreverent treatment of classical music.”

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    After graduation, he moved to radio at WNTS and finally to TV on WLWI (now called WTHR) as an anchor and weatherman. Letterman still found ways to make jokes.

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    Soon after, Letterman began hosting an exciting Saturday morning talk show called Clover Power, where he interviewed 4-H members.

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    He even tried his hand at field reporting at the 1968 Indy 500, asking painfully obvious questions to Mario Andretti.

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    In 1975, Letterman moved to L.A. and started performing regularly at The Comedy Store. In this interview from the archives, Letterman is predictably self-deprecating about his work ethic.

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    In 1977, Letterman hosted a pilot of the game show called The Riddlers. It never got picked up.

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    Their loss.

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    By then, other comedians were taking notice. In January 1978, Letterman was cast in a comedy special spoof of news magazine programs. The show, Peeping Times, was written by Rudy De Luca and Barry Levinson, and co-executive produced by David Frost.

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    As a comic, Letterman became a regular on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson starting in 1978.

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    Finally, in 1980, Letterman got his own talk the morning.

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    Despite winning two Emmy Awards, the show was canceled after five months due to low ratings.

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    Thankfully, in 1982 all of Letterman's hard work paid off: He got his own late-night program on NBC. He's been slaying ever since.

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    We'll miss you, Dave.

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