After 7 years at KTVT-TV…it’s time to go.
I am writing this today, my last day on the air at KTVT.
There will be little fanfare on the air, and no long good-byes ….and that’s okay.
It’s bitter and it’s sweet.
Since the decision was made earlier this week, I am still pinching myself wondering if all that’s happening is real. My co-workers will be surprised by the announcement made today, and it will be difficult to say good-bye to the people at the station whom admire and respect..my work family.
Broadcast television is a tough place right now. Like so many industries, with the economic downturn, revenue is down, and companies are restructuring and downsizing. This all needs to happen, and my position at the station is a casualty of the times.
It really started a year and a half ago, when the station decided to take me off the 10pm show. It was a blow and unexpected. But their decision came at a time when I was already searching for something else more meaningful and significant to do with my life. Not doing the 10pm show, gave me the opportunity to have dinner with my family most nights..read to my children before bedtime…and get myself to bed before midnight!
Last September I started only doing the 4pm show. This gave me the opportunity to focus on building my publishing business and launching my first children’s book “Katie and the Magic Umbrella”. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Now that I’m leaving…I can really focus on writing and finishing what I started..a series of Katie books. After that, I’m not sure.
I pray for that answer.
God does work miracles, and does answer our prayers, if we can be still enough to listen. I have been so busy just trying to manage 2 full-time careers these past 12 months, I haven’t been able to really quiet my mind enough to hear his soft voice. Now I will have time to do that. Be still……
I’ve even thought about going back to school and getting a masters degree…not sure in what discipline. More than likely the earth sciences, or I’ve even considered going in a totally different direction.. medicine.
But as I explore new opportunities, I know that what’s behind this next door must be a path that feeds my soul. I feel like it’s been running on empty for quite awhile. I want to make a difference in peoples lives, and while I may have done a bit of that while on television…I’ve only scratched the surface. There is so much more I can and want to do…. whether it’s helping people who are sick, or teaching 20 year olds about earthquakes and thunderstorms, or helping children conquer their fears.
It’s been a great ride! I’ve worked with many amazing people..Troy Dungan, Tracy Rowlett, Karen Borta, Doug Dunbar, Jeff Jamison, Mike Burger, Scott Sams, Garry Seith and so many other true professionals …you know who you are!
I also want to mention John Miller…he is the reason I came back to television the first time I left the biz. He is still my hero, and I will always be grateful to him for believing in me and bringing my family to North Texas. He’s no longer in the business, but his influence can still be felt in the newsrooms he touched.
To my Viewers…. you are the reason I’ve loved what I’ve done for so long. Thank you for all your love and support and loyalty over the years. I’ve read all of your emails, appreciated your calls of support and concern.. and enjoyed every meeting and handshake.
Thank you…Thank you…Thank you….North Texas.
I’m not going anywhere…This site will be my forum..and my way of reaching out and listening to you.
I still love to forecast, and I’d like to continue to do that in some capacity. Who knows, maybe I’ll start up my own forecast page and work with those who need a customized forecast for events and venues around North Texas. The sky is the limit..and I’m looking forward to the peace of a new path outside of TV.
Wishing you all Sunshine and Rainbows…always