HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Longtime WDAM anchorman Randy Swan choked back tears on the desk as he addressed the Pine Belt for the last time.
Here is what Randy had to say to his viewers:
This summer, WDAM will celebrate 59 years of excellence in broadcasting. I am honored to have been part of that history for almost 39 years. Remember Engineer Bob...Sheriff Max...Civic Quiz...Cowboy Bob Kelly and wrestling? My first association with WDAM was in the late 1950's singing on McCaffreys showtime just a few feet away from where this news desk is located.
But its time for all good things to come to an end. This is my last broadcast at channel 7. After 38 years, i'm retiring. Its been a great ride!!!
Let me first thank God for giving me the ability and opportunity to do this job for as long as I have.
To my Raycom family and fellow co-workers....from the genius and bravery of Marvin Reuben to the passion and love for this station from guys like Jim Cameron, and the hundreds of others in between, it has been an honor and privilege to work alongside and with you.
To my family, my beautiful wife Millie and my daughters Ivey and ZoZo Grace, you have been my inspiration and rock. I could have never done this job for this long without your love, understanding, and support.
And finally, to our loyal and dedicated viewers, thank you for allowing me to come into your homes for the last almost 40 years. We've been through some good times and not so good times. Its almost been like a marriage...."in sickness and in health".
In the words of the greatest broadcaster i've ever known, my father Jimmy Swan...."Don't ever take your viewers for granted. Respect them. Remember, you don't work for a company, you work for the people. Keep them near and dear to your heart and never, never disappoint them."
My whole career has been based on that advice. My one goal every day I came to work was to earn your trust that day. I hope I served you well.
Thank you for letting this hometown boy fulfill his dream. This has truly been my dream job. I'm not good at saying goodbye so I will simply say thank you for watching....good night...and God bless.