HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - To our loyal viewers of WDAM,
It is with the utmost sadness that I announce my retirement from WDAM, effective February 27th. The last seven months has been an extremely trying time for my family and me. It made me realize I need to spend more time with my family while I still have quality time left. After months of chemo treatment, I'm hoping my report later this month indicates I am cancer free. Let me first thank each and every one of you for allowing me to come into your living room every night for the last thirty eight years. And thanks to all of you for your prayers and well wishes during my recent illness. To my WDAM family and Raycom, thank you for your support and understanding during the last seven months. And to the news department…you have been my strength and support for all these years, and you will be in great hands with Nick Ortego. My relationship with WDAM goes back further than I want to admit sometimes. In the 1950's, I used to sing with my father's band on McCaffrey's Showtime. It's in the same studio, and just a few feet away from where our anchor desk is. I can still close my eyes on the set and hear papa Red say "support our boys overseas and go to the church of your choice on Sunday". Great memories. It's not often you can say this is my dream job, and in my own hometown. I can say without hesitation this has been my dream job. Thank you for allowing me to live my dream!