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Monica Pearson and Jovita Moore make the radio station rounds today!

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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.

Monica Pearson and B 98.5 FM's Kelly Stevens share a goodbye hug!

Monica Pearson and B 98.5 FM's Kelly Stevens share a goodbye hug!

“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.

One of Pearson’s colleagues sent this heartfelt tribute.

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 Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

NOTE: Commenting has been closed on this blog. I got tired of removing nasty comments. While I do welcome varying opinions, we’re not going to have name-calling, racist or profane terms. The Buzz blog is not a democracy. It is a monarchy. JB

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July 24th, 2012
6:02 am

[...] And Channel 2 anchors Monica Pearson and Jovita Moore plan a tour of area radio stations as Pearson prepares to sign off for good this Wednesday and Moore plans to take on an expanding role. Here’s a list of where you can tune in to hear them. [...]

kirk

July 24th, 2012
7:42 am

Enter your comments here

Jennifer Brett

July 24th, 2012
7:43 am

No, actually Jovita became very emotional at a recent farewell gala for Monica, recalling Monica’s kind, mentoring presence in the newsroom over the years.

Jennifer

kirk

July 24th, 2012
7:43 am

Jennifer, I know Monica had announced her retirement date several months ago, but has there been any reason given as to why a Wednesday as opposed to a Friday?

Billy Bob

July 24th, 2012
8:02 am

While her tenure at WSB is appreciated WSB TV has absolutely worn Monica Pearsons retirement out. While there is much more to be reported on locally and world wide WSB is focused on spending there time and god knows how much coin to continue to praise this one broadcaster over and over They even spnet airtime going to her house and talking about her shoe collection while we have a economic crisis , crime and world wide chaos see the media has their priorties way out of line and this shows it . Enough let her go and get on with some decent news reporting its making us sick! I have turned my channel maybe for good!

Justin

July 24th, 2012
8:14 am

@ Billy Bob

Dude grow up!

Hilarious

July 24th, 2012
8:16 am

…another slow news day, I guess.

Greg

July 24th, 2012
8:33 am

@ Billy Bob…If you are lucky enough to work 37 years at any company, you deserve all the bells and whistles. But you probably wouldn’t know anything about that BILLY BOB!

YANCYB

July 24th, 2012
8:47 am

@Russell, go to the bathroom and volunteer to be someone’s toilet tissue. You need a reason for living.

WOW

July 24th, 2012
8:49 am

I am really amazed at the negative comments here! So sad that some people are so miserable they have nothing else to do but spread their misery everywhere!! I think she deserves EVERY BIT of the fanfare that she is getting!! Growing up in Atlanta she has been a news anchor my entire life, and she will be missed!!!

YANCYB

July 24th, 2012
8:54 am

@WOW, Well said!

markie mark

July 24th, 2012
8:56 am

Russell

July 24th, 2012
8:56 am

@YANCY Wow what a lot of class you have.

Road Scholar

July 24th, 2012
9:11 am

Russell: Jealous? You should be!

Lil Birdie

July 24th, 2012
9:15 am

@Kirk It’s her exact anniversary date…. “WWMD?” (What would Monica Do? – Jovita)

ANN

July 24th, 2012
9:45 am

I am so proud of Monica Pearson. I don’t know many people who have worked 37 years at the same company. Congratulations to Monica and I wish her the best!

Sheila

July 24th, 2012
9:52 am

Congratulations Mrs. Monica Kaufman-Pearson,

You have done an excellent job with WSB-TV and with the countless hours of work you have contributed to the city of Atlanta. I think you would have been a great Mayor or Governor for the city of Atlanta.

All the best. Enjoy your retirement!

J-J

July 24th, 2012
9:59 am

will miss you, Monica

Captain Midnight

July 24th, 2012
10:11 am

Yes, I agree, she would have done a much better job than the current Governor of Atlanta we have now. What’s the Governor of Atlanta’s name again?

YANCYB

July 24th, 2012
10:12 am

@Russell, thanks for telling me something that I already know. Smooches!

Love

July 24th, 2012
10:13 am

I love you!!!

Steve

July 24th, 2012
10:38 am

Thanks Monica!……I would not be surprised if we see Jovita go National one day. I know there’s not that much journalism at work as an anchor but she has all the tools…she’s smart, beautiful and her voice is very pleasant. Good luck Jovita!

Monicaismyshero

July 24th, 2012
10:39 am

Ms. Monica, As an African American woman who has always had a passion for journalism, you have always been my Shero. Not too many people can boast about beating Ophrah in a job. My daughter and grandbaby love you too! May GOD continue to Bless you and your family. Thank you for being my daily inspiration. You demonstrate what it means in America to not let your color stand in the way of your dreams. Your mother pawned her ring for your education~ speaks volumes….The way the children light up when you read to them~Priceless!! I cant wait til one day I will be able to thank you in person~ Your meet and greet at the station was full. We tried!!! I teach my grand of our history, and she knows very well of your accomplishments. WE LOVE YOU AND GOD BLESS~

JMS

July 24th, 2012
10:46 am

“WOW” Thank you for that! If you have nothing nice to say about a person who has done well and is retiring then keep quite! This time is about honering Monica and if you do not think she is worth honering then SHUT UP and let those that do want to honor her, have their say without your rude insertions. Sadly I think this is a sign of the times where there is such a backlash against anyone sucessful or people doing well, (thanks to the incredible negativity that our very own president has been nurturing with his wealth envy rhetoric) and one last think…. Captain Midnight & Shelia Governors are for the state, Mayors are for city’s… So it would be the Governor of Georgia not Atlanta…..

J. Turner

July 24th, 2012
10:46 am

I hope Monica will continue to do her “Close-Ups!”

I really enjoyed watching them. She will be missed.

onemoreday

July 24th, 2012
11:05 am

a great Mayor or Governor for the city of Atlanta… <———————-This is really good! Mercy me!! The six month goodbye ends on Wed. Thank ya Jesus.

YANCYB

July 24th, 2012
11:07 am

@The Truth, You too should volunteer to be toilet tissue as well, so you can get flushed down the toilet and the world will be a better place.

Vashtai

July 24th, 2012
11:14 am

If you watch the Monica special tonight on WSB-TV, notice the gloves she’s wearing. They were custom made by The women’s tailor at Saks Fifth Avenue, Daniel Lewis.

Monica, thanks for always being yourself, and for all those hair styles over the years.

YANCYB

July 24th, 2012
11:14 am

@Mr. Fernwell, you dad wasn’t on tv, he was in a classroom. Don’t hate, congratulate.

YANCYB

July 24th, 2012
11:24 am

@The Truth, I am white and I live in Alpharetta and I earn six figures a year!

YANCYB

July 24th, 2012
11:26 am

@The Truth, get back in your double wide and wait to get blown away by a hurricane and Jovita can report that!

KnewUwhen

July 24th, 2012
11:44 am

JMS it’s great that you made the correction for Shelia. I think Captain was having a little fun. While we are correcting, though, honoring is a word, I’m not sure “honering” is a word. Also, “one last think” would certainly be more effective as “one last thing” or “one last thought”. Great job, Monica.

John Bachman

July 24th, 2012
11:53 am

Who cares….John Bachman is HOT!!!!!

Neverever

July 24th, 2012
12:05 pm

have I seen a six month goodbye for anyone! This is a first for me. Maybe they happened before 1971? I would not know. But this has seemed “over the top” for a news reporter.

Mark

July 24th, 2012
12:25 pm

John Bachman is cute…not hot. There’s a difference.

Why you so sensitive?

July 24th, 2012
12:55 pm

Enter your comments here

Mike Francis

July 24th, 2012
1:09 pm

Dump WSOB Channel 2 and come on over to 11 ALIVE!!! My Wizometer rocks!!!

Mr Fernwell

July 24th, 2012
1:12 pm

@YANCYB And why does someone on TV have such a higher authority? I dont hate her, I just want to know why a high paid teleprompter reader is so high and mighty.

Rickster

July 24th, 2012
1:28 pm

@ Billy Bob,

I really wouldn’t post that type of message with the type of name selection you’re hiding behind. It really does show your mental aptitude (or lack thereof) – in both post and choice of made-up name selection! You’re really not doing your kind any favors….! Just sayin’

YANCYB

July 24th, 2012
1:41 pm

@Mr. Fernwell, she is considered a celebrity. My daughter is a teacher so I get it, but she is seen as a celebrity and nothing and no blog post will change that.

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