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Dagmar Midcap puts in her notice at WGCL-TV

Dagmar Midcap in 2008. CREDIT: Hyosub Shin/AJC

Dagmar Midcap in 2008. CREDIT: Hyosub Shin/AJC

Dagmar Midcap, the popular weather reader on CBS affiliate WGCL-TV, turned in her notice with the TV station this morning.

Her bosses weren’t there so she’s not sure when her last day will be. Reached Friday afternoon,  Steve Schwaid, WGCL-TV news director, said she is still under contract and had no other comment.

Midcap, who arrived at WGCL in 2007, said the death of  her boyfriend, who took his own life in July 2009, precipitated this departure. (For respect for the family, she requested we not release his name.)

She has been meeting with a grief counselor and therapists to grapple with her loss. She has nightmares and has been unable to sleep soundly. She said she takes medication and sleep aids.

“I can’t keep doing that,” she said. “It’s starting to affect me on the air. I can’t think on the air.”

She said she also may have some stress-related vocal cord damage she’s worried might be permanent.

“Doctors told me my body is breaking down,” she said in an emotional interview at the Silver Skillet in Midtown Friday  just minutes after she had handed in her resignation. “I can’t stay here.  It’s too difficult for me to move forward.”

She said WGCL has been a wonderful opportunity, but she said she can’t cope with being in the city where she fell in love, where everything reminds her of her late boyfriend.

In March 31, 2008, just a year after arriving at the station, she signed a four-year contract through 2012. (She said the station wanted her to stay five.) The station and viewers embraced her. After moving her to evenings,  management plastered her face on billboards.

“My job has been to make people happy,” she said. The notes she’s  gotten, from the 100-year-old man to the 20-year-old woman, say “I gave them joy at the end of the day, a smile. That was my job.” After his death, “it was difficult to find that joy.”

She said she has been negotiating the past few months to get out of her contract early but had been unable to come up with a date both sides could mutually agree on.

Midcap met her boyfriend in 2007 soon after she arrived. He was a neighbor. They fell in love almost immediately.  Their first date was Martinis & Imax at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. They visited Stone Mountain Park, a favorite spot for him.

“We were inseparable,” she said. “He was everything to me. He was my best friend.”

But she sensed his fragility and tried to open up his world. They traveled to Charleston, S.C., Asheville, N.C., Seaside, Fla, and the North Georgia mountains. She bought a home just outside Decatur in hopes he would join her.

The last time she saw him, she said, he had arrived at her home, flowers and an apple pie from Whole Foods in hand. He apologized to her for his negativity and promised they’d always be together. “I thought he was making a breakthrough,” she said. “I didn’t understand what he was really saying.”

Midcap found out about his death July 2009, during the 4 p.m. newscast in her news director’s office. She collapsed in shock. She stayed off air for 11 days.

Coming back,  she said, was incredibly difficult. But she put on a happy face and viewers hardly noticed until six months later. “I had one bad night. I wasn’t as perky. I was on the verge of tears on the air,” she said.

Colleagues, though, noticed her withdrawn behavior off air. She’d sometimes cry at her desk, she said.

Two weeks ago, she visited R. Thomas, a restaurant she and her boyfriend enjoyed. It was an attempt to try to get past the pain, she said. Instead, she got sick.

She isn’t sure what her plans are next.  She said she has no job in hand and isn’t sure where she is going,  though the West Coast is likely. She had worked in Los Angeles and her hometown of Vancouver before coming to Atlanta.

“I have no manager,” she said. “I’ve got nothing.”

Later, in a moment of humor, she added, “I may be picking grapefruits out there. But I’ll do what I need to do that’s right for me. I have to take my health into account.”

One thing she knows she’ll do is work with animals. “They have no malice,” she said,  her face lighting up momentarily. “They need our help. They do what they do.”

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rdh

September 3rd, 2010
2:44 pm

I liked her. In this day and age of “anyone can report the weather”, she was easy on the ears and eyes. Good Luck, Dagmar. Hope they give you more responsibility at your next job, and that we will see you on another show in another time.

Store Brand Fan

September 3rd, 2010
2:54 pm

No idea of your pain, Dagmar. You did well to disguise it… but you can’t do that forever. Do what YOU need to do to get well :-)

khc

September 3rd, 2010
2:59 pm

Best of luck Dagmar; hope time will heal.

Viewer

September 3rd, 2010
2:59 pm

Good luck to you, Ms. Midcap. What a horrible loss to deal with. I hope you find the peace you need and are able to move forward and find love again. It takes great courage to make such changes. All the best.

pth

September 3rd, 2010
3:01 pm

God Bless her! That was a pretty deep interview Rodney. Good scoop, but more importantly, good luck Dagmar. You will be missed.

Darren and his dog, Lew

September 3rd, 2010
3:02 pm

Dagmar is my neighbor; I ran into her while walking my dog. I hadn’t recognized her right off and she showed me around her beautifully landscaped yard with all the various animals. Dagmar: you are a wonderful neighbor. I will be sorry to see you leave; but now, I understand. Best of luck and good rewards!

STEVE LLOYD

September 3rd, 2010
3:02 pm

Miss. Midcaff, My heart goes out to you and your boyfriends family. I too, struggle with severe depression, and I share your views about animals. Were it not for “hobbs”, my cat being totally uncoditional and dependent on me, it would be alot harder and lonlier. God bless, and you always made me smile with your broadcasts!

Richard Alpert

September 3rd, 2010
3:02 pm

Dagmar is not only hot, but she just seems like a very friendly and classy person. I had no idea that her boyfriend had died, but she will certainly be in our prayers. I think she’s been nothing but an asset to Atlanta television in her time here and I truly wish her the very best wherever she goes.

Brent

September 3rd, 2010
3:05 pm

Dagmar, you were a delight each and every day you were on the air. May God comfort your heart and spirit as you head off in a new direction.

denise jones

September 3rd, 2010
3:05 pm

Good luck to you Dagmar. You will be missed. May God bless and strengthen your health and vocal cords. May you find peace and comfort in doing things that you enjoy. It’s always good to share your grief and story with others. It took alot of courage to do what you did. All the best and may you find happiness one day.

Larry

September 3rd, 2010
3:07 pm

Dagmar, all the best to you. You are a beautiful lady and a joy to see your smile. I don’t even claim to know what your boyfriends problems were, but I hope you get past this and you will be missed. With all of the bad news every night it was wonderful to see you brighten the day.

RClay

September 3rd, 2010
3:07 pm

Take care of yourself. God bless you.

dan

September 3rd, 2010
3:08 pm

eventually…time will heal…and you will find yourself thinking about…

Not an iPhone using 30 something yuppie poser

September 3rd, 2010
3:08 pm

Thats sad…..

howsad

September 3rd, 2010
3:08 pm

Rodney, what a lovely article! I pray that Dagmar is able to heal and move on. What a sad situation for everyone involved. I can’t blame her for leaving town though….

fan of ms dagmar

September 3rd, 2010
3:10 pm

Ms. Dagmar, my thoughts and prayers are with you your family and your boy friends family! May the peace of God provide you the support and relieft that you require. You are the best weather person!!!!!!

Jason

September 3rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Turn the page and move forward.

I wish you the best!

Stonehenge guy

September 3rd, 2010
3:12 pm

That’s sad……….

Patrick

September 3rd, 2010
3:15 pm

Darmar, best wishes and add you to my prayer list. Rodney, heck of an interview and kudos for the respect you showed. Great column.

WTF

September 3rd, 2010
3:15 pm

She was the only thing worth watching on our local news.

JMac12203

September 3rd, 2010
3:16 pm

I fell in love with Dagmar the very first time I saw her on the early show. She had the whole world by the tail – beautiful, hot, sexy, and oh so talented. I wondered why I was not seeing as much of her the past months. All I can say is May God Richly Bless you Dagmar in whatever your next assignment might be. You will be sorely missed here in Atlanta, but wherever you wind up, they will be incredibly blessed. Good Luck.

CaribouRancher

September 3rd, 2010
3:19 pm

Take your time and do whatever you have to do. Be well……..

PMC

September 3rd, 2010
3:19 pm

Well, I’m really sorry that this happened and I hope that where ever she goes she will find some happiness.

OldTimer

September 3rd, 2010
3:19 pm

It’s OK to cry.

kim

September 3rd, 2010
3:20 pm

Dagmar, you have a beautifus soul and a very big heart. You are talented and you will continue to go far. Best of luck and wishes for a brighter future!!

SID

September 3rd, 2010
3:22 pm

lost my father to suicide 35 years ago when I was 15. It never really leaves you. God bless you Dagmar. You will be missed. You can heal though I promise.

The best...

September 3rd, 2010
3:22 pm

is yet to come… Hold tight and godspeed!

HP

September 3rd, 2010
3:23 pm

The station should have done a beter job to work with her so she didn’t have to quit outright. She is obviously on the verge of her own nervous breakdown. After the positive publicity that she’s given the station they really should try their best to help her move on with her life. She needs a severance package to go and find the peace she is seeking. Good for her for chosen her own well-being over the bottom line!

M. Johnson

September 3rd, 2010
3:23 pm

Rodney, the fact that Dagmar trusted you with this information speaks volumes. Keep up the good work. Dagmar, we all love you and wish you the best.

BruceH.

September 3rd, 2010
3:27 pm

You made me smile, I wish you well.

mike

September 3rd, 2010
3:29 pm

Good article Rodney.. incredible that she opened up that much to you.. Good luck to you Ms. Midcap and come visit us in ATL sometime

Tracy Sipp

September 3rd, 2010
3:29 pm

She’s just an amazing reporter. She’s the only reason I watch that station. I will keep her in my prayers.

bkinkennesaw

September 3rd, 2010
3:29 pm

Sad story. She will be missed.

LVDavis

September 3rd, 2010
3:30 pm

Ms. Midcap Dagmar, I just want you to know that you are a ray of sunshine to anyone who beholds you on the news and weather broadcast. I am so sorry to know that you lost such a wonderful lover and friend so tragically. I hope that you recover stronger than you were and continue to let your light shine and be a blessing to others during your journey on this earth. You are gifted and extremely talented with all that you do in your presentation. You are a beautiful person inside and out. I am an employee in the mental health field and I see the struggles that men, women and children face with different mental health issues. It is not easy and alot of time people have no warning before the tragedy strikes through a loved one or friend. Take care of yourself, most importantly and appreciate those whom love you and appreciate you. We (Atlanta Georgia) love and appreciate you and you do have a wide and far reaching fan base via television / metro Atlanta community.

FrankTheFalcon

September 3rd, 2010
3:30 pm

My prayers are with you, Dagmar. May God heal your hurt and soften your pain. Time and prayer will help slowly make things bearable. Godspeed!

Mass Dawg

September 3rd, 2010
3:32 pm

It must be painful to be the management at WGCL. First, you sign the on-air personailties at 790 the Zone to do your sports reporting. Then you lose the only on-air talent you have, Dagmar.

I guess that means Steak Shapiro will soon be doing the weather at WGCL. Now that he has sold his station, has given up an hour of Mayhem in the AM, that means he has more time for CBS 46.

John

September 3rd, 2010
3:32 pm

I am so sorry she has carried this pain for as long as she has…I wish she would have let her fans in to help ease her burden. Dagmar I know you will find the seeds of opportunity in the ashes of disaster.

Tim

September 3rd, 2010
3:32 pm

Dagmar is so beautiful and such a pleasure to watch. I will miss her…Good luck in whatever she decides to do next.

Antwon

September 3rd, 2010
3:33 pm

There is not a more beautiful smile on Atlanta television and it will be missed.

Burdell

September 3rd, 2010
3:33 pm

Good luck Dagmar…our family wishes you the best.

Chipper

September 3rd, 2010
3:33 pm

Give us a chance Dagmar—this is a great town with big hearts. You have a lot of friends you don’t even know yet. We love you :) don’t give up on Atlanta, you will see a lot of beauty one day here amongst all of us.

Hatch Attack

September 3rd, 2010
3:35 pm

Best of luck, Dagmar. I pray your pain will ease one day.

Lisa

September 3rd, 2010
3:35 pm

Please let Ms. Midcap know there are many people that enjoy her work and support her, myself included in that group. If she do choose to leave, she will be missed. I look forward to four o’clock knowing that she will be there with the weather information I need and a smile that lights up the television.

Doug A.

September 3rd, 2010
3:37 pm

Dagmar, you will be missed. You have been one of the true bright spots on an otherwise drab tube. And if you do end up picking grapefruit in CA, make sure the ones you pick end up here in Atlanta. We’ll buy them for sure!

Bob

September 3rd, 2010
3:37 pm

So very sorry to lose such a lovely and vibrant person. She always was a pleasure to watch with her ever present smile and winning way. May God be with her as she goes and ease her loss. My prayers go with her.

Lisa

September 3rd, 2010
3:39 pm

I am so sorry for her loss. Depression is a terrible illness and takes it toll on not just the afflicted but on everyone that loves the person.

SilverShadow

September 3rd, 2010
3:40 pm

Dag gone it, Dagmar, we miss you already and you havent left the city yet. I know this much. Ive been watching weather in this town for over 30 years. Ive never, ever enjoyed watching the weather UNTIL DAGMAR SHOWED UP. She was an absolute delight when she was on the air. She made watching the weather cool, fun and exciting. Its almost like there were times when I would turn on the news but wouldnt pay attention to it until Dagmar came on. Then I would be pleasantly surprised at such a wonderful job she did. She does have an unusual name, but it makes it easy to remember her name since she is memorable indeed. DAGMAR, GOOD LUCK IN ALL THAT YOU DO. God Bless you, Dagmar.

Cecily Walker

September 3rd, 2010
3:40 pm

Dagmar, Vancouver will welcome you back with open arms.

beachwriter

September 3rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Dagmar always reminds me of the first line of the Mary Tyler Moore show theme: “Who can turn the world on with her smile?” Great smile, great person. She will be missed.

Kay

September 3rd, 2010
3:43 pm

Dear God this is so sad, if I did watch 46 news on a regular basis, They just lost me as a viewer. I am very disappointed in them, why didn’t they just give her a leave of absence. God Bless You Dagmar.