Justin Kier here. By now, you've probably heard that I'm leaving WACH to accept an outstanding opportunity with the state of South Carolina. There are a few items that I wanted to talk about before I go. First and foremost, I wanted to make sure that everyone knows that I'm leaving to accept a job. WACH Fox didn't kick me out the door or fire me. In fact, the new management team and my co-workers have been extremely professional and thoughtful during this transition. I'd encourage you to continue 'WACHing' Fox in the days and weeks to come. Interim General Manager Ben Tucker and new General Manager Jim Bleicher have been a true pleasure to work with. I look forward to watching the exciting newchapter for my friends and former coworkers.
Henry Rothenberg, who many of you know from Good Day, will move to nights. I'd ask that you support Henry as he moves into the evening slot. He's been very supportive of me professionally and personally. I know that he will bring a great knowledge and perspective to the evening forecasts.
What does the future hold for me?I've accepted an exciting opportunity with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. I'll be working and coordinating with volunteers around the Palmetto State through the Community Emergency Response Team. If you'd like to learn more about CERT, click here. This allows me to work with wonderful people across South Carolina at the local, county, state and federal levels. Most importantly, it's an opportunity to interact with and protect the citizens of the state during times of emergency. For future South Carolina Emergency Management Division updates, check out their twitter and facebook pages. My time at WACH FoxMy boss asked me to list some of my favorite moments at WACH. Honestly, the moments that stand out are the simple ones. Meeting viewers on the street corner or in the grocery store. Having those one-on-one weather conversations through your television set. Speaking to young students interested in meteorology. Interacting with residents through social media. Local animal lovers recognizing Phoebe during our walks around the Midlands. Those are the memories that I'll always cherish. Thank YouI can't thank them everyone, but I'd like to acknowledge some of the people who helped me along the way. Karl Idsvoog, Ralph Iannotti and Mike Woolfolk were instrumental in shaping the journalist that I've become. Tim Miller, Kenny Dyer and Jonathan Oh are two of the best people that you'll meet. They really taught me a lot about weather and life. My friends Brian McConchie, Arielle Riposta, Adam Pinsker, Kevin Pazdernik, Becky Steiner, Rob Starkey, Chris Bacote, Ric Garni and Ernest Robinson who kept me in line for the last five years. Good luck to Darryl, Katie and Alexis during their stay at WACH. Thanks to Barbara Bethea and Scott McBride for giving me the chance to work at WACH Fox. The great folks at the local National Weather Service office. Dan, Leonard, Hunter, Steve, Kim, Tony, Greg and the entire team. Columbia is really lucky to have such a great team keeping the Midlands safe. Also to every single person that I've worked with during my tenure at WACH Fox, and that includes every PIO, meterologist and coworker that has come across my path, thank you so very much.Finally, but most importantly all of you. Thank you all so very much for welcoming me into your homes every night. It's been my pleasure to have an impact, however small, in your lives. Never fear. Kier will still be here. I'll just be on the other side of the camera. Phoebe and I will see you soon. #KierOut