Mainers have been watching Pat Callaghan of News Center Maine on their TVs for almost 40 years. When it comes to local news in Maine, he is our version of Tom Brokaw. A veteran reporter, anchor and quite honestly a friendly face we've all watched for years.

The Maine Association of Broadcasters recently held their annual awards banquet in Augusta where they recognize excellence in radio and television. Each year one person in Maine Broadcasting receives the highest honor by being inducted into the Maine Association of Broadcasts Hall of Fame. This year, that person was Pat Callaghan.

News Center Maine aired a tribute to Pat today on The Morning Report.

Pat gave a short but very humble speech at the awards banquet when he accepted, hoping it was actually an induction into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame.

He also took to Twitter to thank the team he worked with on the anchor desk for 22 years, including the late Bruce Glasier.

Pat is also a really funny guy. I'll never forget when I announced publicly in 2011 that I had been diagnosed with cancer. The Portland Press Herald did a story on my announcement as it coincided with Cans For a Cure. Pat tweeted to me good wishes and gave me a good laugh when I needed it most.

It was a simple gesture, but it meant a lot.

Congratulations Pat! It's an honor well deserved.