"Is Andy really leaving?"... I've been asked that at least 100 times in 72 hours. I thought I'd use the blog to answer some of the most frequent questions, and if I missed yours, please leave feedback, and I'll get to that too. Okay, here goes...
Is Andy really leaving? Yes. I'm sad to report he is.
Where is Andy going? KMBC in Kansas City.
What will he do there? He'll be the weekend sports anchor. The top sports guy at KMBC is Kansas City icon Len Dawson, who is 71 years old.
Did Channel 13 try to keep Andy? Of course. Everyone from the top boss down made sure Andy felt wanted and appreciated, but ultimately Andy decided it was too close to home (St. Louis) and too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Was it a tough decision? That's really a question for Andy, but I think it's fair to say he knows he had a good thing going here, and it was hard to leave.
Who will take Andy's place on SoundOFF? We don't know yet. I've already received a dozen phone calls and e-mails from people who are interested in the position. The only thing I know for sure is that the show will continue to evolve and won't be the same without Andy, it will be something different. We're not going to hire a guy named Randy or a woman named Mandy and start "What's Bugging Randy or Mandy?". We'll continue to make SoundOFF interactive with our viewers, and the new co-host will bring his or her own strengths. It goes without saying Andy left quite an impression.
How much are you going to miss Andy? A lot, both on and off the air. However, I'm happy for him. He wants to leave his comfort zone and try something new, and he has my support.
What about Shawn Terrell? We're blessed to have Shawn. He's a good anchor, top notch reporter, and does a fine job filling in on SoundOFF. There's no doubt Shawn's role will continue to grow at Channel 13.
What's Andy really like? Thoughtful, intelligent, and funny... to name a few. He doesn't suffer fools gladly.
Are we making too much out of this? Absolutely, but we appreciate it. Viewer loyalty is nothing we take lightly, and if nothing else, SoundOFF, in particular, has loyal viewers.
Anything else to add? The ox is slow, but the earth is patient.
(Leave Andy a "comment" and I'll make sure he sees it. Leave me one, and I'll make sure I see it).