You've heard me use that phrase before. Now it's time for me to move on to the next chapter in my life and allow KPLC to do the same.
I first joined Channel 7 in 1975. It's been my honor and privilege to serve as this station's Vice President and General Manager for the last 26 years.
We've all been through a lot together. As I look back on my career I consider it a blessing to have worked with many of the best broadcasters in America. Some stayed; others have gone on to great careers elsewhere.
I love everything about KPLC. My talented colleagues. Our wonderful advertisers. And each of you, who have graced us with your loyal viewership throughout the years.
I'm extremely proud to hand my office keys to John Ware, a veteran of KPLC and longtime resident of Lake Charles. If you don't know him yet you will soon. As part of his new job he'll be taking over the editorial responsibilities. You'll soon discover what all of us at the station already know. There is simply no more qualified and deserving person to lead KPLC into the future. This station's best years are ahead of it, just as Southwest Louisiana's best years are also ahead.
For Debbie and me, this isn't goodbye. We'll still be around town, doing what retirees do. We'll spend more time with family and friends and explore new options for our own next chapter.
So, thank you. Thank you for your graciousness, your friendship, your ideas, your resilience. Thanks for all you do to make this beautiful home of ours an even better Southwest Louisiana.