Goodbye Quad Cities Television

Today marks my last full day in the Quad Cities.

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Early Friday morning, I’ll be taking off for the 1,000-mile drive to Panama City, Florida, to start the next chapter of my life.

While I’ve spent time in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I’ve never seen the “Emerald Coast”, but I’m told it’s absolutely gorgeous.  And, from this photo, I see that!

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Last week, I signed off as a television meteorologist in the Quad Cities, my home for the past 11.5 years.  That’s the second longest I’ve ever lived anywhere — behind my hometown of Mayfield, Kentucky, where I spent much of the first 30 years of my life.

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ABBA, my golden retriever, and I arrived in Moline, Illinois, from Salisbury, Maryland, the week of Thanksgiving 2005 when I accepted a weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter position at WQAD.

I sincerely thank news director C.J. Beutien for hiring me and bringing me back to the Midwest.  I had lived in Chicago twice, from 1994-1996 and from 2002-2004, before heading to the East Coast for almost 16 months to the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) Peninsula.

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Former Chief Meteorologist Neil Kastor was instrumental in bringing me to the Quad Cities and, for that, I’m grateful.  We still stay in touch today, many years after he left the news business and the Midwest for Florida.

Along with Neil, I’m still very close with my former “work wife”, Vanessa van Hyfte, who was the weekend anchor when I started.  She welcomed me with open arms and we had some of the most exciting and fun conversations between shows. 🙂

I also consider Julie Sisk, Matt Hammill, and Cassie Heiter dear friends.

I cherished my time with anchors Jason Fechner and Barbara Dawson, morning producer Brian Boesen, (who moved on to anchor at KWQC), and photojournalist Jenny Hipskind.  (This is like winning an award and thanking all the people you care for hoping you’re not forgetting someone!)

Even though we never worked together, I consider KWQC’s Theresa Bryant a dear friend.

I fondly remember much of my time at WQAD (November 2005-November 2012).  With that being said, I was definitely angry with the station for the way it handled my dismissal that fall when it lost the Fox newscast to KWQC.

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It was tacky and unprofessional and the lack of compassion I was shown for my seven years of dedication and commitment was appalling.   However, the station did the same thing to Neil before me and to others since.

Interestingly enough, all of that was brought up to me again about a month ago.  In a disagreement, a former friend said to me, “Maybe you still just have a bone to pick from the station? I don’t know and I really don’t care.”

My response to him was, “my issue over this whole pettiness isn’t with WQAD. It’s with you!”

That got to me to thinking again and, honestly, the whole WQAD ordeal has been water under the bridge for me for a long time.

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After a couple of months off to enjoy the holidays, I was honored when WHBF General Manager Marshall Porter and News Director Heather Voudrie brought me on board as the morning meteorologist in February 2013.

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While I wasn’t getting rich at WQAD, I was financially comfortable.   My new position came with a big pay cut, but I was once again doing what I loved and I didn’t have to leave my family.

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At WHBF, I’ve worked with so many great people over the years.  At the top of the list is my “work wife” and dear friend, Emily Scarlett, who just took a new position with the #1 station in Columbia, South Carolina.

I’ll also remember my close friendships with chief meteorologist Andy McCray and his wonderful wife, Michelle, Jay Kidwell, Jim Neidelman and his adorable wife, Denise, and Katrina, my trusted confidant on the morning show, and her lovely partner.  (Katrina, I’ll always smile at “Breathe” and “Calm down, Lucille!”)

Those are just some of the fantastic people I’ve had the pleasure to work with in the Quad Cities, but I’ve also worked with some real losers.

I’m too much of a gentleman to say more than that, but two of the ones that stand out the most are so emasculated that it would be unfair to point out their deficiencies publicly.

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With that being said, I’ve never worked in a television market as a meteorologist or a weathercaster that over dramatizes and sensationalizes weather as much as some do (or did) here.

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That isn’t the case with all local meteorologists.  I didn’t do it and neither did Neil Kastor. I highly recommend now that you put your trust in “Local 4 News” Chief Meteorologist Andy McCray and “Quad Cities Today” meteorologist Kevin Phelps.

They’ve earned my trust over the years as colleagues.

Enough about people, let’s talk weather. 🙂  As I head to the heat and humidity of Florida, I’ll truly miss the snow!

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You’re probably laughing, but I’ll seriously miss it.

How many times in your life do you get a record-setting 18.3″ in a single storm? For me, ONCE!

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Happy weather, my friends!

May your springs flower with excitement, your summers toast with long sun-filled days, your autumns glow with bright colorful leaves, and your winters crackle with a beautiful fire and a blanket of serene snow covering everything to remind you of the beauty of living in the Midwest!

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Remember me when you pop a bottle of champagne or you open a bottle of Moscato with a nice cheese and fruit platter or enjoy a piece of cheesecake!

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Anthony

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25 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jan Tappa on May 4, 2017 at 7:19 am

    thank you for sharing. This was wonderful.

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  2. Posted by Cathy on May 4, 2017 at 7:43 am

    😥 Miss you already!

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  3. Posted by Cyndi Emler-Hintz on May 4, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts once again Anthony! Safe travels – I will continue to follow your journey on FB my friend!!!!!

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    • Cyndi,

      Thank you for checking out my thoughts and sharing yours. 🙂 You know once I get settled in, I’ll write more. I enjoy it and it’s therapeutic!

      One more new blog tomorrow, my friend.

      Take care and stay in touch!

      AP

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  4. Posted by AdelLe stupp on May 4, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Anthony. You made my eyes leak. You are so missed around here. Don’t forget us river rats. On a high note I wish you all the best in your new adventure and hope it is all you dreamed it would be. You are loved peeps.

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  5. Posted by Marsha Frary on May 4, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I’m so going to miss you on the air! I always enjoyed your broadcasts at WQAD (and was so upset when they let you go….not so much when they let another go not that long ago) and, of course, on WHBF. Please always share your travels and adventures and food with us through your photos. I wish you nothing but the best, and truly regret having to have had to kiss your Christmas soiree last winter. I would have loved to cement a “real life” friendship, but a social media one is also good. Safe travels, my friend, and enjoy the new chapter in your life, and have wonderful adventures!!!!!

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    • Marsha,

      Thank you for your kind words. I consider us friends.

      I’ll definitely stay in touch and I hope you do the same.

      Take care!

      AP

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  6. Posted by Marsha Frary on May 4, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Lol….I didn’t “kiss” your soiree…..I MISSED…..I should learn to proofread because of autocorrect! Hahaha.

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  7. Posted by Connie Huizenga on May 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Anthony, I am hoping that the Emerald Coast will be Golden for you. You have enriched our life. We are looking forward to hearing the fabulous stories from Panama City, FL and the beach. Love and happiness coming at ya.

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  8. Thank you Anthony!!! You will be missed!!! Happiness is wished for you!!!!

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  9. loved reading this I can honestly say I am teary eyed I miss you already may God bless you always with health happiness love !!!

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  10. Posted by Susan Simpson on May 4, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Anthony you will be missed by so many people in this area. Stay in touch and let us know how you are doing. Wishing you much happiness and much love. Safe travels!

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  11. Posted by NK / MK on May 5, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Anthony, we wish you all the best in Florida…PEACE and sunscreen…from one screwed over, insulted and badly treated WQAD throwaway to another!

    You’ll have to take up golf now and drive a golf cart to fit in…learn to say Y’All and learn to love grits! Be happy and thanks for the kind words.

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    • NK/MK,

      I wish you the very best and I know you’re loving the seasons.

      Grits maybe, but golf was never my thing. 🙂

      Take care and stay in touch.

      AP

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  12. Posted by Cherrie Dreifurst on May 5, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Anthony, I’m already missing you =( I followed you from that “other” station and was so happy to see you back doing the weather. Best wishes for your new adventure!

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