Bill Stout's gravelly voice and acerbic manner proved both an endearing and enduring avenue of television news and commentary for nearly four decades.
Stout literally had lived with the news with both Associated Press and City News Service wire machines in his Beverly Hills home.
At his death, the balding, rumpled newscaster and former anchorman, who disdained the makeup and toupees often found in his trade, had been on Los Angeles television and radio for 39 years, nearly all of them on Channel 2.
His stern, paternal countenance also was known to millions outside this area. He was a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild who had portrayed newscasters and reporters in several movies, including "Somewhere in Time," "House," "The Underground Man" and "The Phantom of Hollywood."
His awards ranged from Emmys to those from state and national press associations to Golden Mikes to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And he expressed mixed enthusiasm for them all, fearing that the accolades that came his way might be seen by his audiences as more important than the honesty and credibility he sought to bring to his craft.