I want to take just a moment to talk about some changes here at the all-new Channel 12. Friday, September 27 will be my last day at WBOY. Don Graye will assume the primary anchor responsibilities on Monday. I leave you in his familiar, capable hands.
My wife Raschell and I moved to West Virginia almost exactly ten years ago. I knew I wanted to work at WBOY right away; all it took to convince Raschell to make the move was a quiet, misty afternoon at a deserted Valley Falls. Almost heaven.
It has been an eventful ten years. Our parent company, West Virginia Media Holdings, has developed into a statewide network. WBOY has added an ABC affiliate and made the transition to High Definition. We also have established a strong Internet presence; the job of gathering and presenting news for the viewer has evolved into a partnership with the viewer. We remain a strong #1 in the market, thanks in large part to you.
Thank you for your support and affection over the years. Thank you for your loyalty to me and the wonderful people it has been my pleasure to work with. (I should mention Jason Parrish here; Family man. Firefighter. Professional, and most importantly, Friend. He makes coming to work every day fun. I will miss Jason the most.)
The opportunity to work with people like the folks at WBOY, and for people like you, has made my decision to retire a difficult one. But I have been doing this since 1976. I am ready to do something else. It's time.
But it's not time for goodbye. Not yet. Raschell and I have grown so fond of West Virginia and the wonderful people we have met along the way that we have decided to retire here, and are building a home in the farthest reaches of Preston County. We are not going anywhere. This is home.
Our new motto is "Texan and Mississippian by birth. West Virginians by choice."