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Monica Pearson as guest DJ at Dave FM

Monica and Mara

Monica and Mara

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.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

93 comments Add your comment

MA

July 18th, 2012
7:57 am

Oh darn, I’m going to be out of town next week for Monica’s tear filled last new cast. Shoot, I was so looking forward to it. Good luck to you Monica!!

Doug

July 18th, 2012
8:12 am

I will be so glad when she retires and ajc.com can write about other things.

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ed

July 18th, 2012
8:25 am

GOOD bye, Monica. Leave it to WSB to squeeze every last drop out of a nothing story. People with long tenure at their jobs retire every day. So what’s so monumental about a tv anchor’s hanging it up? Life will go on, and the world won’t stop spinning.

howard harlow

July 18th, 2012
8:40 am

OPHRA WINFREY RETIRED ONCE NO FANFARE SEE YOU AT THE MASK BALL IN DECEMBER MONICA

CJ

July 18th, 2012
8:43 am

Wonderful milestone, 37 years,Wow, I wander if any of us could last that long on the same job. You go, Ms. Monica–I have one year and five months before my 30 years with the same company.

Sluggo

July 18th, 2012
8:45 am

I agree with ed. Queen Elizabeth received less attention during her 60th anniversary celebration.

falcon fan

July 18th, 2012
8:52 am

Yawn….hey, it’s Jennifer! I’m shocked she got the right photo up. Well, that one was about Former Falcon Jamal Anderson but she put up the pic of Michael Jenkins…..easy mistake…..they look soooooo much alike. God knows if it was a UGA story, it’d been blown out of proportion like they do any other UGA or other who cares stories.

Jake

July 18th, 2012
8:56 am

Can the producers just keep their shrine in their office and leave the rest of us alone. The over infatuation with Monica retiring borders on creepy. WSB is loosing their credibility.

atl in MT

July 18th, 2012
8:58 am

Lived in Atlanta since birth (1970). Grew up with Monica Kaufman, er Pearson. It appears the majority of you (haters) gotta be recent transplants to Atlanta who don’t get it. She will be missed. She is an amazing talent. Best of luck in the retirement Monica!

Bob

July 18th, 2012
9:00 am

Is she that narcissistic that she needs all of this attention? The great celebrities retire in a more dignified and less in your face manner. She was a good news reader, but this is stupid. How about covering some real news

Destiny

July 18th, 2012
9:10 am

If you haters are so bored with the story why did u click and then comment. Monica inspired me to go into journalisim and she has done this city a great service not only on camera but off as well. She deserves every bit of celebration she is getting. If you don’t like it don’t participate.

Love You Monica and may your retirement bring you peace and fufillment.

jackie

July 18th, 2012
9:11 am

Monica’s retirement is way past due and can’t get here soon enough. Maybe WSB can get a news reader who can pronounce the names of the towns and counties in Georgia. Monica has only had 37 years to learn that McDonough is pronounced “Mack-Don-Ah” not “Mick-Dun-Uh” and Coweta is “Cow-Eta” not “Co-We-Tah.” I’m not sure if her outsized ego can fit into a class room at UGA but I’m sure that she will give us another cutesy made for TV special all about how she is raising the bad and setting the standard for the other students. Let her retire already, there are plenty of people who can read the news.

The Frito Bandito

July 18th, 2012
9:18 am

I am really going to miss the way she put on that fake Spanish accent when she read a Hispanic name from her Obama Screen (teleprompter).

Jim

July 18th, 2012
9:18 am

She was a good news reader. I like her. However, many celebrities and people dedicated to charity have done far more but retired without this over the top, over done self congratulations. It is the same behavior that we all dislike about the media. Do we really need 24/7 coverage of the same story for weeks on in end

JRHD

July 18th, 2012
9:44 am

I am born and raised in ATL and I have never cared for MK/MP or her ever changing hair. We have never been able to draw real talent to the ATL airwaves with the exception of Don Farmer. I wonder if she was a white male if she would have lasted this long at the same station in ATL?

Julie B.

July 18th, 2012
9:56 am

Wow, glad to see I’m not the only one that’s happy to see this woman retire. Please … just go, already!

TruthLies

July 18th, 2012
10:00 am

JRHD has let the cat out of the bag (as always on the AJC and “the South”). Many of you just CANNOT STAND that this ETHNIC WOMAN and her ETHNIC image has held down the anchor spot in this media market for 30 plus years!! It makes you sick to your stomach because it flies in the face of your narrative that an “ethnic” person is simply incapable or undeserving of such a thing. She pronounces “McDonough” the way she does for the same reason I do – I do not speak with that repulsive suthun” twang. “McDonough” Georgia is not the only one in this big @$$3d country, and as such it is subject to various pronunciations based on where people come from. Get over yourselves. The world doesn’ t revolve around and your kind (whatever your persuasion). I know truth hurts, so let the aching begin.

ed

July 18th, 2012
10:00 am

Destiny, if Monica inspired you to go into anything other than the welfare line that’s great. But don’t get hyper over your entry into journalism. It ain’t what it used to be. Ranks just above used car salesmen. Too many people think of themselves as journalists when they are now little more than propagandists for the liberal cause, and delude themselves into believing that equates to a noble cause. Now, when you can go to work each day after having left your personal agenda at home, you legitimately claim to be a journalist.

jackie

July 18th, 2012
10:14 am

Destiny are you one of the “journalists” who use the clumsy term “pleaded’ instead of “pled” when you are reporting on court proceedings? How about the car commercial where the salesman tells the customer that “I haven’t showed it to you yet” instead of shown it to you? Journalism, ha, most “journalists” can’t even spell, much less read the news correctly. Monica is a prime example.

Rick James

July 18th, 2012
10:18 am

A month after she’s gone they will bring back those Monica Pearson Close Ups..We may not see her at six but she will be far from gone..

Mr Fernwell

July 18th, 2012
10:19 am

She is a teleprompter reader for heavens sake. Someone make me a big party when I retire as a teacher!!!

Carly

July 18th, 2012
10:22 am

I thought she said she was retiring once before and never did. Now I actually see an end in sight but she just won’t go away. Not many people have an ego as big as hers. Buh Bye Monica!!!!

Enjoy

July 18th, 2012
10:22 am

Good luck to you Monica and thank you for your dedication! So many times you could of moved from the little station in Atlanta, but you sucked it up and passed up many other BIG opportunities! I will miss your Close Up segment… Hopefully, it will continue! Enjoy your retirement and home in Henry County. We will miss your beautiful smile!

BGreen

July 18th, 2012
10:23 am

I’m a mid 40’s transplant from Anniston, Alabama where Monica was all I remember from the news. Being in rural Alabama yet less than 100 miles from Atlanta, it was an inspiration to see an African-American on TV “from the big city”. I’ve been living in the Atlanta since the early 90’s and wish Monica the best in her retirement. I’ve seen the hair change over the years (and actually enjoyed it – do your thang!) but the one thing that has been consistent has been her professionalism. I get my haircut with a camera man who works with Monica on a daily basis and he says she is just as genuine as she comes across. Good luck, Monica! Enjoy your retirement but don’t ever stop being you. We appreciate you and all that you have blessed us with over the years. – Bernard Green Jr.

Typical

July 18th, 2012
10:25 am

LMAO, some people can’t help but show who they really are.

e.g., ed’s comment reflects his insecurities which fuel his racially-motivated comment: “Destiny, if Monica inspired you to go into anything other than the welfare line that’s great.”

That says a lot because he assumes that Destiny is of a particular racial group which he assumes comprises the majority of welfare recipients — which is false.

Oh, but ed isn’t the only one. And it’s just really insecurities. And an inferiority complex. That’s all.

ed

July 18th, 2012
10:34 am

Ohhhhhh, Typical. You’re so caustic.

Destiny

July 18th, 2012
10:37 am

Typical you are very swift and correct. I don’t understand why someone would waste their time logging on to smash someone or a story they are already “tired of” makes no sense. Other than they need to get a life and it’s easy to be an annoymus coward behind a keyboard.

Typical

July 18th, 2012
10:55 am

LOL, now ed, I may be a lot of things but caustic isn’t one of them. And ed, you know, that, c’mon, ed, you know! You know I’m a bundle of love! And so are you (when you get past your insecurities, etc.)

Road Scholar

July 18th, 2012
11:00 am

And ed you are an a$$. Likewise to the rest of the naysayers. And how do you know how much charity work she has done? You people could not may 3 years on a single job….she spent 37 years!

Monica, have a great, long, healthy retirement.

ed

July 18th, 2012
11:05 am

Road Scholar and Typical, I guess you put me in my place. We minorities are always the targets of the slings and arrows of the new majority. But we shall overcome.

Kim

July 18th, 2012
11:09 am

Sluggo…Queen Eliz has never worked an honest day in her life and has stolen from the English people to live a life of vulgar, unearned luxury for her entire pathetic life. Monica has worked her butt off for 37 years and helped countless people along the way.

JRHD – If you are actually from Atlanta you should know that John Pruitt ( a white male) was indeed at the same station just as long. Get on their site and look at the bios. Once you start at WSB, you stay at WSB. They are obviously beyond loyal to their employees.

Good luck in retirement Monica. Thanks for all the years and for representing our city so well. I’m sure we’ll see you back from time to time. =)

atlien

July 18th, 2012
11:12 am

Some of you need to get a life. Yes, people retire every day. Yes, some people work more than 37 years. Yes, some people retire quietly. Let’s donsider the facts: Monica has been working for the SAME company for 37 years, and she has been in the public eye for 37 years. It is only fitting that her retirement be shared with her Atlanta viewers. Many of you are jealous that you won’t ever reach a pinnacle in your career as she has in hers. I think it is fantastic! She has made it 37 years and is not swept under the rug due to some illegal, immoral, unethical activities — that’s why we don’t get to see a lot of retirements.

I would like for you to think back a few years when the waitress retired from the Chic-fil-a Dwarf House in Hapeville. Truett Cathy made sure that she was given a large party, complete with media coverage, and a Mustang! I don’t remember anybody bad mouthing her, she had been a stalwart in that community and the community rallied around her!

Thank you Monica for 37 years of professional and dedicated service to the metro Atlanta area!

just me

July 18th, 2012
11:14 am

Please Stop!!! Monika, just retire. You are as bad as Star Jones was with her wedding. Enough already. The same people are tired of going to your narcissistic events, saying the same old things. And the viewing audience of WSB has had more than enough.

MsShanquel

July 18th, 2012
11:14 am

This has to be the longest drawn out retirement salute in history. You’re retired. Congrats. Stop taking up space and move on ppl.

#1 Foxy Lady

July 18th, 2012
11:21 am

she was local news-reader from a second their market. what’s the big deal? the fact that she changed her hair style often? she’s some sort of star?

huh? what am i missing? is the bar really that low for here?

TruthLies

July 18th, 2012
11:25 am

I ABSOLUTLEY LOVE IT! (The pain Monica’s HATERS must feel)

It IS after all, what they do BEST!

JRHD

July 18th, 2012
11:28 am

@ Kim – I am from ATL and I do know who John Pruitt is. I also know that he was on the air at 11Alive as lead anchor before being the co-lead at WSB next to MK/MP. I also remember Guy Sharpe doing the weather. Don’t doubt my ATL cred just because I think MK/MP is an empty St Johns suit with a bad dye job.

Rick James

July 18th, 2012
11:29 am

It still amazes me that channel 2 interviewed Orpah Winfrey and Diane Sawyer when they hired Monica..I’m sure Oprah is happy that she didnt get the job.

TruthLies

July 18th, 2012
11:36 am

So does John Pruitt FREESTYLE his news “off the dome” as an anchor, or does he read a TELEPROMPTER like Monica (or any other news anchor)?? Wouldn’t want to attempt to marginalize
or delegitmize him now would we? Of course not. That’s reserved for minorities only.

See, smart people know better (and even know racism when they see or hear it).

notaracist

July 18th, 2012
11:38 am

Monica is a beautiful talented anchor, who will definitely be missed. By the way, when she started anchoring the news, there were no teleprompters. Also, she (Monica) is not the person, who is or has planned all of the retirement celebrations. Therefore, if it bothers you so much,I have two suggestions, 1)blame the “Powers That Be”,and that ain’t Monica. 2)You can simply stop freaking watching. For what it’s worth. Best Wishes M.K.P. And may God continue to bless what ever you choose to do. In my humble opinion, you are indeed a credit to your Profession, Gender and Race.

NotMe

July 18th, 2012
11:41 am

Way to go Monica. There is life after retirement and it sounds like you are going to be active with many neat fun things!

#1 Foxy Lady

July 18th, 2012
11:42 am

her and the RHWofATL am the two greatest things in this city. if you don’t like them, then you is just a gellous Hater.

Home Carebear

July 18th, 2012
11:43 am

Have fun in retirement. For 55 communities see http://www.55communityguide.com

joebob

July 18th, 2012
11:55 am

37?!?! …in a row?

sal

July 18th, 2012
11:56 am

I thought to work at WSB you have to be a card carrying member of the Republican party. I wonder if that’s true.

Enough

July 18th, 2012
11:57 am

Funny that Destiny was inspired to go into journalism but hasn’t figured out how to use spell check yet. For journalism! lol I believe Monica saying goodbye is now lasting longer than the KISS farewell tour!

Fan

July 18th, 2012
11:58 am

@ #1 Foxy Lady – Seriously? “then you is just a gellous Hater.” Girl, where did you learn to write?

Fan

July 18th, 2012
12:00 pm

I agree. some people can’t stay out of the spotlight. I hope for the best for Monica but retirement is tough for some. Is she going to UGA or DJ’ing or both or what?

Monica is the greatest

July 18th, 2012
12:06 pm

I will definitely miss seeing Monica every day. From the moment she arrived on the air when I was 6 years old, it was uplifting, inspiring, and encouraging to see someone who looked like you on television. I hope Monica has an amazing retirement after being on the air so long and I do hope she does make occassional close up specials :)