The departure of Pam McKelvy was quick. The station removed her bio from the website and has also removed the pictures of all of the anchors from the main page.
So much for a farewell. That’s a shame too because Pam was one of the nicest people in that newsroom. She spent a long time as one of the primary weeknight anchors and countless hours in the community. And now she’s gone without so much a goodbye from the station.
Seems WREG likes to make anchors and reporters disappear without mention. Pam and I were both kind of like Chuck Cunningham on the old Happy Days show. One day you’re on the show, the next….you’re gone without anyone saying goodbye.
The first Darren on Bewitched. The first Becky on Roseanne. And now a news anchor with a huge following…just disappears from the airwaves.
There’s no mention of Pam’s decision on her blog but if I had to guess it was because she wanted to spend more time with her 6-month old son. My source in the newsroom says she left after requesting she be re-assigned to an afternoon/evening schedule and the station refused.
Now the station has every right to say no. It’s their candy store and they can run it the way they want to run it. But if that was the case, why not let her at least work a few more days and then build up to a farewell? Anchors saying goodbye can be a reason for viewers to tune in. It would also do a lot to keep her departure from affecting morale like it will now.
Jerry leaves the airwaves next week. Wonder if they’ll allow him to say goodbye? Wonder if they’ll take a look back at his long career? They should. I’d even tune in, and I haven’t watched them in more than a year.
So both primary news anchors on 3 will be gone in a week. A new news director was named yesterday. And lots of folks are updating resumes, wondering what’s the next shoe that will drop.