September 11th, 2008
09:52 PM ET

Shoutout to Gerald!

If you've been watching our show since last year, you've probably seen the two times our producer, Gerald Smith, totally surprised me with bloopers reels.  Getting back at him on Friday's program was bittersweet:  sweet for the revenge I finally got and bitter for the fact that we'll miss him when he goes to NBA.com.

More than 95 percent of the shows we've broadcast for the last SIX YEARS were produced by Gerald.  And he's been the voice in my ear for almost the entire time I've been on the air.  I shouted out my thanks to him on Friday's program, but if you'd like to as well, here's the place to do it.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Tiffany

    THANKS, Gerald. I love those suprises that you made. Thanks!

    September 11, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Adrian

    Thank you much for keeping this show running and letting me, a sixth grader, be able to see it. My teacher shows it everyday and we really enjoy it!

    September 11, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  3. Adrian

    Thanks Gerald!! This is the first year I was introduced to Student News
    and I really enjoy it. Our class watches the news and writes a response everyday. Hope CNN student news will still go on for a VERY Long time.

    (P.S. Recount on kepping puns?)

    September 11, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  4. Tonio

    A big German thank-you to Gerald:


    Tonio from Hamburg, Germany

    September 12, 2008 at 4:47 am |
  5. Cody

    Gerald, you made some good stories and some funny bloopers, thanks, and we'll miss you!

    September 12, 2008 at 7:53 am |
  6. Gary

    Good luck to Gerald. We appreciate him keeping Carl on track all this time. Since you are going to NBA.com and my class has been loyal viewers how about hooking us up with tickets to a Bobcats game? Just kidding. I as a Current Events teacher appreciate everything you have done. We watch everyday in Spartanburg, SC.

    September 12, 2008 at 9:05 am |
  7. Mr. S's Class

    Modeste wants to know whether or not Gerald died, even though the rest of us were paying attention and know Gerald simply got a job with NBA.com.

    Please help Modeste out so that he isn't sad thinking that Gerald died in a tragic Shout Out Quiz accident. 😉

    September 12, 2008 at 9:20 am |
  8. Becky

    I love Newsroom. A Salute to you, Gerald, and all who make the show So-o-o Great!!

    September 12, 2008 at 9:56 am |
  9. Mrs. Xenakis

    Great job with CNN Student News, Gerald! Best wishes at NBA.com

    September 12, 2008 at 10:04 am |
  10. Emaan

    Hey Gerald! Thank you soo much for producing this show.I love it and so does my classroom.They all wanted to wish you a farewell! And the Surprise were HILARIOUS! No offence Carl! Hope you have a good time at your new job!

    September 12, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  11. Tre', Charis and Tavius

    The thanks that we give u is, DON'T GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!! Now we can't watch one of those funny blooper reels!

    September 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  12. Shelby

    Are the puns leaving with Gerald?! 🙁 My class anticipates the end of the show for the fantastic puns, and we were disappointed when Mr. Azuz didn't have one today. We just want to make sure that Gerald didn't take the puns with him! Thanks.

    September 12, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  13. zack

    carl, if there is anybody cornier than Mr.Smith, it would be jay leno. The jokes and highlight reels were great. Carl, don't consider anytime soon about trying out for the Atlanta Hawks. At comedian Carl Azuz. We love the show. It has made our homework list.

    September 12, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  14. Chris

    The kids and I love CNN Student News! Watch it everyday as part of our homework. Took a tour of CNN Studio last year on a day off school, but did not get to meet Mr. Azuz. Bummer, breaking news called you away. Mr. Smith, thank you for a super show, best of luck at NBA.com

    September 12, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  15. gabriela

    thanks gerald. we will miss you good luck at NBA.com we hope for the best. i'll go to that website everyday now

    September 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  16. Ashlyn

    OMG! Carl! You totally rock. I luv your puns.. my class luvs you 2 death. today we drew you in Language Arts and it was sooo awesome. You look really cool in the drawing.

    Ashlyn <3

    September 12, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  17. kayla

    have a nice time at NBA.com!!!! thank you for doing CNN student news. CNN student news should get a co- worker for Carl

    September 12, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  18. maya

    P.S. DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS????????

    September 12, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  19. Kaylee

    Awesome!!!! Go gerald!!!!!!! you help a lot and im happy to shoutout to you!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  20. Lexie

    Hey Gerald! congrats with you new job at NBA.com! your one of the reasons the show is so great! well miss you! 🙂

    September 12, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  21. Sara

    Thanks Gerald for embarrasing Carl and making CNN Student News Awesome!! 😀 Enjoy the sports world.

    September 12, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  22. Allison

    Hey Gerald! You've got a great show!! I watch it every day!

    September 12, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  23. Renae

    You are AMAZAZING!!!!!!!!!!

    Good luck at NBA.com!

    September 12, 2008 at 7:07 pm |
  24. Allison

    Good luck at NBA.com!

    Mr. Wichert's class will miss you!

    September 12, 2008 at 7:10 pm |
  25. Henry

    Hey Gerald thaks for all the good show u have helped put together they totally rock homie LOL jk u probably dont like me calling u homie LOL thanks.

    September 12, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
  26. Justine

    Aww! Bye Gerald. My class has only been watching you're show for a week or two, but we love it. I think I can speak for everyone on this, WE WILL MISS YOU GERALD!!!

    September 12, 2008 at 7:24 pm |
  27. Chris

    hey gerald! my classroom loves the show, so thanks for producing it! and have agood time atyour new job! 🙂

    September 12, 2008 at 7:46 pm |
  28. Kimberly

    Thank you so much Gerald becuase without you, i wouldn't be learning so much information from CNN Student news. Thanks again!

    September 12, 2008 at 9:39 pm |
  29. Ashley

    Ah, Gerald, thank you for the bloopers. hahaha

    September 12, 2008 at 9:47 pm |
  30. Brooke

    Thanks Gerald! I dont know if it was you writing the puns but if it was... they were so cheesy i could almost taste it! hahahahahahaha. that was funny.

    September 12, 2008 at 9:54 pm |
  31. Hunter

    We'll miss you Gerald!You made the show wonderful!Also the same with the CNN Student News Crew!

    September 12, 2008 at 11:54 pm |
  32. shaey

    good luck Gerald. Everyone in my geography class watches the show. The bloopers have been fun at times. have a great time at your new job!

    September 13, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  33. Billy

    Thank you Gerald so much for all your hard work...you will be remembered... 🙂

    September 13, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  34. micah

    we have been watching this show for a couple months and my teacher shows it everyday in social studies

    September 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  35. Becca

    Thanks Gerald!
    You rock!!!!!!!
    Those bloopers were so funny.
    Good Luck At NBA.com

    September 13, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  36. Mary

    We'll miss you gerald, and I saw the ones where you put the bloopers in those were so funny!

    September 13, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  37. Alice

    Thank you for the past (whacky but funny) shows!

    September 14, 2008 at 4:20 am |
  38. LaKota

    Honestly, I think Gereld has done a wonderful job with this program. His knowledge of news and what kids want to see in it is amazing. I enjoy going to Ms. Bells classes because we watch it every day and I get to learn new things. During the summer I know nothing about anything that goes on, but because of CNN Student News, I'm caught up with the world around me.
    Thank you so much, and I personally love the puns. Carl pulls them off gracefully.

    September 14, 2008 at 12:02 pm |
  39. peter

    I´m from colombia, and I love student news because I have improved my English a lot since I began to use the transcript and video, it´s awsome



    September 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  40. Brandon

    thanks sooooo much Gerald for all you have donre to make these shows sooo funny and I and many others are going to miss you soo much and we wish you the best of luck thansk again

    September 14, 2008 at 7:48 pm |
  41. shaun

    thank you a lot gerald I love the show and what you have done for Cnn news. Makes it fun and less boring unlike channel one news =P
    I like this better than channel one news

    September 15, 2008 at 10:16 am |
  42. Double D

    Thanks...It was so cool when you had the blooper reels.. thanks alot.

    September 15, 2008 at 10:27 am |
  43. Mr. Koczot

    Gerald – What can I say, it seems like just last week I was down there, getting the behind the scenes CNN tour, and meeting the GREAT cast and crew you work with. I appreciate the opportunity I had that day, and BEST of LUCK to you in all your future endeavors. You will truely be missed at CNN, and Broad Creek Middle has you in our thoughts.

    You can look on the bright side – You are getting away from Carl!!!
    Thanks Again – Ryan

    September 15, 2008 at 11:06 am |
  44. gettting

    i think getting back him was not exactly called revenge but you are getting back at him for what he did. My opinion is let him be because you make me giggle at your bloopers so don't get back at him let him be your funny.

    September 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  45. Kaitlyn

    Bye !!! 🙂

    September 16, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  46. Anonymous

    shout out to mr. Lacky's 6th period U.S Gov . class

    September 16, 2008 at 8:15 pm |
  47. Sophia :-)

    Thanks Gerald!! We've been watching CNN Student News for two years, and it really helps us kids get into what's happening with the rest of the world. Hopefully after you leave someone will still come up with puns...??? 😀

    Good luck and thanks again!!!

    September 19, 2008 at 8:43 pm |
  48. Sarah

    Cool name Gerald!

    September 24, 2008 at 10:29 am |
  49. josh

    i really liked the stories that you had they were really great i liked how it talked about john mcain suspending his campaign but i didn't like the idea about the four day school week because i wouldn't want to go longer school days.

    September 25, 2008 at 10:16 am |
  50. ilee

    i think that it is wonderful to have mondays off but it will be so hard to try to learn something in a four days time. i think that the students should start a group that raise money for there school so that their school can have money. t full up there buses and other suff.

    September 25, 2008 at 12:50 pm |
  51. Rheanna

    I am an 8th grader from wyoming and I think that a 4 day school week is good because you have more time to do activities on the weekend.


    September 26, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  52. Lourdes and Diana

    Diana- We loved Gerald were going to miss you! Good Luck at NBA.com...............





    September 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  53. Nick

    garnold ROCKS like crazy hes cool

    October 1, 2008 at 12:24 pm |
  54. Sharon

    im an 8th girl in Illinois and just want to send a SHOUT OUT!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2008 at 9:31 pm |
  55. Jennifer

    I'd realy like a shoutout to Ms.kennedy's class. I wait everyday to watch the cnn news in Geography.

    February 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  56. Woody

    Please leave Mrs. Segal's second period class a shoutout. Our whole class loves your puns and we love you in general. Please send us a shoutout. Keep those puns coming.

    March 17, 2009 at 9:33 pm |