Monica Pearson took to the airwaves in a new way today.
She joined 92.9 Dave FM’s Mara Davis during Davis’ “Radio Free Lunch” during the noon hour. She actually got there a little bit after RFL started, because an earlier speaking engagement ran long.
She called in as Davis began the program to apologize for running late. She stressed she was obeying the speed limit and speaking on a hands-free phone.
Davis jokingly asked if Pearson’s husband John Pearson, retired from DeKalb County law enforcement, could get her out of a traffic ticket. Answer: heck no!
“We have one rule: we follow all the rules,” Pearson noted.
Davis often has guest DJs in to spin a few tunes. Pearson’s guest stint was extra special, as she will be retiring next week after 37 years at Channel 2.
“TV is not going to be the same without Monica Pearson,” Davis said.
Since announcing her retirement earlier this year Pearson has enjoyed accolades from all corners of the city and beyond. Here’s a gallery of photos from an event at the Fox Theatre saluting her long broadcast career and community involvement.
None of the festivities has been Pearson’s idea. Quite the opposite, in fact. When she told station brass she was signing off for good she suggested maybe there could be a staff lunch and that was it. She told us last week during the Fox event that she initially resisted when the idea was proposed.
“I’m glad they didn’t listen!” she said.
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