It’s been a sprint to the finish!
With Channel 2 anchor Monica Pearson preparing to sign off for good this Wednesday and anchor Jovita Moore poised to take on an expanding role at the station, the two broadcasters embarked on a tour of radio stations today.
Pearson visited 92.9 Dave FM’s Mara Davis on her own last week but had a slew of visits with Moore planned for today, her next-to-last at WSB.
“I have had a fabulous career,” Pearson said Tuesday morning during a segment with Neal Boortz on 95.5 FM and AM750 News/Talk WSB. “I’m going to miss the people but it is time to live my life.”
The two journalists also visited V103, 1380AM/WAOK, the B 98.5 FM with Vikki Locke and Kelly Stevens, The Bert Show, KISS 104.1 with Cynthia Young, WSRV/97.1 FM The River with Kaedy Kiely and Majic 107.9FM/97.5FM – Radio 1 with SiMan Baby.
“Thank you for allowing me to be in your home for 37 years,” Pearson told listeners. “Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for caring.”
During the visit to B 98.5 FM, Pearson said she hopes to anchor her final shows without becoming too emotional.
“Likely it will be Jovita crying. She’s very sensitive and very sentimental. She will cry at the drop of a hat,” Pearson joked. Moore said her longtime friend and mentor’s departure feels “surreal” and noted, “It’s a big seat to fill.”
“You are ready!” Pearson said.
She announced her plans months ago and festivities began as the day grew near. Members of Georgia’s congressional delegation presented her with an official Congressional commendation. Scores of fans crowded a community meet-and-greet event at the station and Fulton County observed Monica Pearson Appreciation Day. She was saluted at the Fox Theatre during a farewell gala emceed by “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and when Katie Couric visited Atlanta to promote the new daytime talk show she launches this fall, she presented Pearson with a congratulatory bouquet.
Up next? Pearson begins graduate school at the University of Georgia, aiming to teach. She also said she’ll continue making appearances on behalf of Channel 2, and will return for occasional specials.
“I’m not saying goodbye,” she said. “I’m just saying, see you later.”
- Jennifer Brett/The Buzzfirstname.lastname@example.org
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