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Catching up with Dagmar Midcap a year later

Dagmar Midcap on the WGCL-TV set in 2008. CREDIT: Hyosub Shin/AJC

Dagmar Midcap on the WGCL-TV set in 2008. CREDIT: Hyosub Shin/AJC

Just shy of a year ago, I met with Dagmar Midcap minutes after she had handed in her resignation at CBS Atlanta (WGCL-TV). At the Silver Skillet not far from the station in Midtown, she looked tired, depressed, defeated. She said a year after her boyfriend committed suicide, she needed to leave town.

She told me about taking sleeping and anti-anxiety pills, how she couldn’t focus on work and would have crying jags.  Within a few weeks after that interview, she had left Atlanta for good, moving to Los Angeles with Internet consultant Kyle Hudson and three dogs. (She said she and Kyle are just friends. “He’s like my brother,” she said.)

The change of scenery helped, she said. She already had a manager, Robbie Kass, who also represents former wrestler and current actress Stacy Keibler and Atlanta actress Jasmine Guy. He helped her get an agent at talent agency IMG named  Babette Perry, who also represents Phil Keoghan (”The Amazing Race”) Elisabeth Hasselbeck (”The View”) and Tom Bergeron (”Dancing With the Stars”).

“I missed the ocean,’ she said. (Prior to Atlanta, she spent time in Seattle and Vancouver.)

But Midcap continued to have health issues and nightmares. She sought alternative remedies including herbal remedies. That’s when she met Barry Kendall, a doctor who specializes in neurofeedback.

This is a controversial medical process in which individuals have electrodes placed on their head. They are then trained to change their brain waves to reduce a host of ailments, including anxiety and stress. This New York Times story last year notes that it’s seldom covered by health insurance and can cost at least $3,000 for 30 sessions.

Midcap has been going once or twice a week since March and said her world has improved significantly.

“My life has turned 180 degrees,” she said. “I”m shocked how well it’s worked. You don’t forget the people you love. The pain just has less control over you. It doesn’t debilitate you.”

She now spends her days doing yoga, walking her dogs and enjoying the beach.

She no longer has to take the anti-anxiety medicines to ward away bad memories of her ex boyfriend, whose name she doesn’t want revealed for the family’s sake. She said on July 27, the second anniversary of his suicide, she spoke to his parents for the first time in six months. “No tears, no breakdown,” she said. “I’m starting to remember the good. It was so dark and painful. I had to suppress a lot of it. Nobody talk to me about it. Now I can.”

After a few months off her blog, she reappeared on July 27, the second anniversary of her ex-boyfriend’s suicide.

I truly apologize for my silence in response to the thousands of kind-hearted people who reached out with words and thoughts of encouragement. I have not until recently, had the inner strength to respond in any meaningful way as the emotions were still too fresh and heavy to bear. For all the love that was sent my way, thank you – you may never understand how deeply it was felt.

I have taken the past year to reorganize heart, mind and body at the most profound levels. For me personally, simply standing at the waters’ edge has had extraordinary regenerative effects…

Where my renewed life will lead me is the adventure I look forward to most greatly. It might be back in front of the camera, it may be in the jungles of Costa Rica aiding wildlife conservation – or both…whatever that new path may be, my paramount desire remains to help safeguard our planet’s wondrous ecosystems while delivering joy and inspiration to all I can reach.

Midcap said she had saved enough money to last a year but she is now at a point where she needs to more aggressively seek a job. She has been networking, recently hobnobbing with Scott Sassa,  president of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, a joint venture with Mark Burnett Productions.

“I’ve done a little bit of voice work and commercial work,” she said. “But it’s time to really get back in. I feel good.”

Ideally, Midcap said she’d like to host a TV show, perhaps something with animals, but would be willing to go back to doing weather. She cut out early on her contract with Meredith Corp. at CBS Atlanta and promised if she were to work at a TV station again, it would be in a market where Meredith does not own stations.

For context, if you’re reading this, you probably already know that Midcap came to Atlanta in 2007 and quickly made a splash as the station’s morning weather reader. Fans loved her warm voice, tight sweaters and comforting demeanor. She didn’t have a meteorology degree but didn’t pretend to be an expert on that front either.  She went from mornings to evenings within a year and soon CBS plastered billboards  of her all over town. Her sudden departure was a shock for viewers.

Kass, her agent, said they are seeking new opportunities for her and hopes something will come along soon.  He saw her on the news in Atlanta last year and approached her to be her agent because he sensed something special about her. “There are not many women,” he said, “who can fly a helicopter or ride a motorcycle. She’s fearless, not only in terms of what she’s capable of doing but in terms of her ambitions.”

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

125 comments Add your comment

IronMike

August 18th, 2011
6:37 am

Dagmar rocks.

africanviolet

August 18th, 2011
6:45 am

miss her. loved her. wish her well.

jals

August 18th, 2011
8:02 am

Glad to hear the positve news. Best of luck to Dagmar.

Angela

August 18th, 2011
8:12 am

Thank you Rodney. Please continue to keep us posted :)

steve

August 18th, 2011
8:23 am

Mr. Ho – Thanks for the update. My only request is that next time you use a picture showing the tight sweater.

TDK_Dawg

August 18th, 2011
9:34 am

We miss you Dagmar! Love me some gingers!!!

letmeguess

August 18th, 2011
10:19 am

Dickmire

August 18th, 2011
10:22 am

Woopeee, if you want to see something nice go to the Cheetah……she looked more like a man to me….

Cynthia

August 18th, 2011
10:22 am

Very nice story on Dagmar and happy about her new life!

The Real Fan

August 18th, 2011
10:24 am

Yes to all that.

Sara

August 18th, 2011
10:25 am

She’s awesome. So talented, and with that special something, like her agent mentioned. Totally wish her all the best.

MassDawg

August 18th, 2011
10:26 am

It’s sad that in this day and age the so called enlightened liberal media still objectifies women by forcing them to wear tight sweaters to move the ratings needle.

The truth

August 18th, 2011
10:26 am

Just a quick FYI Ms Midcap……

Your “friend/bother” Kyle Hudson does NOT view your relationship the same way you do.

"Ideally, Midcap said sh’d like to host a TV show, perhaps something with animals"...

August 18th, 2011
10:28 am

…Well, duh, wouldn’t we all! But I do wish her well.

J-J

August 18th, 2011
10:30 am

Glad to know Dagmar is doing well-we miss you in the ATL

UnYawn

August 18th, 2011
10:32 am

Glad to hear the positive improvements in her life and wish her all the best.

@Dickmire: You should go to her website, http://www.dagmar-midcap.com She is one fine looking woman. Put her in a fine automobile like a Porsche Carrera GT or a nice set of riding leathers on a Boss Hog, and she is even hotter.

Good for her

August 18th, 2011
10:33 am

Good for her. Life is turning around. Interesting tidbit that Ms. Midcap can fly a helicopter and ride a motorcycle! She is truly a renaissance woman.

Lute Fisk

August 18th, 2011
10:41 am

I still think her name sounds like a Danish mutual fund…

BAM

August 18th, 2011
10:42 am

She sure made my ratings needle move!

add14jazz

August 18th, 2011
10:42 am

I miss Dagmar.

Rick Grimes

August 18th, 2011
10:44 am

I’m just glad Dagmar & her beautiful brain safely got out of Atlanta before the Zombie Apocalypse.

dtanner

August 18th, 2011
10:44 am

turned me on big time every afternoon after work

aTown

August 18th, 2011
10:45 am

You were the reason I watched the weather and the reason why my wife wouldn’t let me (haha). I’m happy to hear you’ve found peace and a healthier lifestyle in Cali.

Mr. Ed

August 18th, 2011
10:45 am

I’m glad to see that she’s in a better place mentally. Depression can cripple. Keep your head up Dagmar, sounds like the worst is behind you now.

I am LEGEND

August 18th, 2011
10:45 am

Yes, when I am feeling depressed the first thing I think of is LA and going somewhere where no one is sincere.

Dagmars Cans

August 18th, 2011
10:49 am

Let me know when she poases for Penthouse. otherwise who cares about her frankenstein brain shock treatment. As long as those funbags are wrapped up….she is pointless.

Billy

August 18th, 2011
10:51 am

Please come back to Atlanta.

Charles

August 18th, 2011
10:56 am

She is a little melodramatic… about all of this in my opinion. People lose loved ones all the time and carry on effectively with their lives, jobs and much more. She is a very average talent and pretty average looking as well… and I was told by a reliable source at the station she was not really well liked among her peers mostly due to the fact that she was unprofessional and inexperienced. If she is so fabulous …she will have a big job in a big market very soon…we will see.

Elliot Garcia

August 18th, 2011
10:56 am

Dagmar is delicious….

Caribourancher

August 18th, 2011
10:57 am

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 18th, 2011
10:58 am

Glad to read Dagmar is doing better , emotionally.

In the words of coco chanel, ” Hoch soll sie leben!”

Mein Führer! I can walk!

jimp

August 18th, 2011
10:58 am

She just needs to turn that “brother” into a boyfriend and forget all about the boyfriend who died!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 18th, 2011
11:00 am

@ charles

Maybe you are not her “demographic”

Zack: Well, who’s your demographic?
Brandon: Do you like p***y?
Zack: Yeah.
Brandon: Then not you.

Dagmars Cans

August 18th, 2011
11:03 am

I think Dagmar seems like alibtard, but she will eventually realize that money is needed to pay for all these douchy liberal treatments and thats when she will unleash the utters for all to see that stop into the local Citgo.

PB

August 18th, 2011
11:09 am

Glad she is feeling better mentally, but the story is a little too dramatic. A lot of us have problems, but don’t get to go to LA to “find” or help themselves. ( A town full of phony people.). Don’t think she really was that good on air, except looked good. But best of luck to her.

RapidEvictor

August 18th, 2011
11:18 am

Eat some meat, stop shopping in the pre-teen department, reduce the number of pets you own (your place will smell better), stop it with the wacky alternative remedies, lose some of the bitterness with the corp. you worked for and then maybe life will fall into place. We all lose loved ones but that doesn’t mean you stop living as a response to great loss, you grieve, you retain memories and you show others who have yet to experience the loss that life can and will no matter continue to go on. The earth will continue to rotate no matter what goes on, when it stops then proceed with the freak out.

C.B. Yes Atlanta

August 18th, 2011
11:25 am

I wish Dagmar and all her well-proportioned lady parts the best of luck. And yes, Lute, I too have joked about the mutual fund name, just not the Danish part! Good one.

Chris D

August 18th, 2011
11:33 am

I wish Dagmar all the best life can give her. Her smiling face always brought a ray of sunshine to my day, evenm on the stormiest of days! God Bless!

Pastor C.

August 18th, 2011
11:36 am

I REALLY WISH YOU WOULD COME BACK ! YOUR MISSED, BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS HAD SUCH A PLEASENT SMILE. GOD HAS HEALED YOUR HEART,NOT TO FORGET BUT TO LIVE AND REFLECT ON HAPPIER DAYS. I PRAY FOR YOU DAILY.

DC

August 18th, 2011
11:38 am

Charles…her boyfriend killed himself…you must have a stone cold hard to think thats an easy pill to swallow…

On another note..I MISS DAGMAR! She was very…entertaining..to watch

JJ

August 18th, 2011
11:50 am

I would say I’m shocked at some of the remarks here, but, I’m not. This kind of cold, callus attitude is exactly why Dagmar needed to leave Atlanta. Say what you want, people out west, especially along the coastal areas are much more sensitive to the suffering of others, and much more open to alternative types of healing.
Yes, no doubt many others have lost loved ones, and do carry on. Most in quiet desperation. Never allowing themselves to fully grieve, or express the feelings of confusion, fear, and guilt. They bury their feeling in a bottle, be it drink, or pills, or a plate of food. Never really moving on just moving. I know.
I admire Ms Madcap (?) for taking the steps necessary to fully heal her body, mind and soul. Until you have lost someone to suicide you have no idea what you’re talking about when you talk of “moving on”.
Those of you who want to objectify her, referring to her as nothing more than a sexual object for your fantasies, are disgusting. This lovely young woman came into your homes every day for years, hoping to bring you news and weather updates, never intending to be viewed as some kind of “Barbie doll pin-up”. You should be ashamed.
The individual who commented on her relationship with Kyle, clearly don’t know Kyle or Dagmar very well.
One final message…to Dagmar, from one of her friends and fans…take care of yourself, we genuinely wish you well. And we miss you terribly.

jwizzle

August 18th, 2011
11:53 am

Wow, I’m really surprised at how many people on here have said negative things. I for one am really glad this follow-up story was done since I truly wondered how she was doing. Some TV personalities make a connection to their market….she did, immediately. My whole family (3 generations both male and female) adored her personality and ability to really connect with her audience. While I know she’ll never return to Atlanta (I wouldn’t either with a traumatic memory) I wish her well and continuing peace.

come back

August 18th, 2011
11:57 am

come back dagmar! I can’t get enough of those tight sweaters.

Matt the Brave

August 18th, 2011
12:05 pm

From someone who has dealt with depression myself, I sincerely hope that she is not just going to this doctor for the implants and disregarding therapists. They are not quacks and actually do help you in your day to day life. I hope that she does find happiness once again.

AtticusFinch

August 18th, 2011
12:07 pm

Geez, like most blogs, this one is dominated by haters and teen age boys. Please apply Thumper’s rule.

peter

August 18th, 2011
12:11 pm

Dagmar is the perfect woman, as her statements in this article make clear. Beautiful inside and out. You rednecks can have your fat, ugly, conservative women.

Paul

August 18th, 2011
12:14 pm

Electrodes are placed on her head, and she’s shocked how well it’s worked!

Pete

August 18th, 2011
12:19 pm

We miss ya Dags. I knew should would ditch us for the bigger markets. She will by on a syndicated show soon, and BAM back on tv in the Atl. I no longer watch Markibbaa or whoever on the 46 CBS affiliate here. Dagmar was true, she was a kind women. She will return to the air waves soon, this I know.

jimmy

August 18th, 2011
12:20 pm

I didn’t care what the weather was going to do I just enjoyed watching Dagmar present it.

SamE

August 18th, 2011
12:22 pm

Go get em’ Dagmar!! wish you all the best!