In his way, New York City television anchor man Roger Grimsby was a pioneer of broadcast news. Along with fellow groundbreakers Geraldo Rivera, Howard Cosell and gossip columnist Rona Barret, Grimbsy helped usher in the era of "happy talk" during Eyewitness News broadcasts. The term "happy talk" refers to a friendly chattiness and joshing camaraderie affected by the news team on air and is designed to lighten up the often depressing nature of newscasts. Grimsby, with his sharp, sly wit and deadpan demeanor took such talk to a new level. He was famous for not concealing his contempt for certain colleagues. Over his 40-year career as a television journalist, spending the latter half of it in New York City, he also worked in San Diego and San Francisco. At the peak of his popularity, Grimsby occasionally cameoed in feature films such as Bananas (1971) and Ghostbusters (1984).