NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams closed Friday's newscast with the announcement that on Monday, the program will "be debuting our new announcer, a new voice at the very top of the broadcast you'll hear every night. And here's a hint: it's a name you know." Over the weekend, NBC issued a press release indicating that the new announcer has had an "extensive, award-winning theatrical career for nearly forty years." He will replace Howard Reig, who officially retired from NBC in 2005 after a career with the network that began in 1952. His voice had introduced the Nightly News program for more than 25 years.