This is a move that I of course hope will advance my career. But most importantly, it will get me closer to my family. Also, my girlfriend Julie is able to transfer her job to Green Bay, which was a huge reason for me to take on this new opportunity.
A lot has changed at Newsline 9 since my dad and I rolled into town with a U Haul trailer, after driving 36 hours straight from Colorado….the economy, the tv industry, and even many of the people. One thing that hasn’t change is this area’s community values. The generosity and loyalty of the people of Central Wisconsin is unmatched. When I first stepped foot in Wausau, I was well aware of the shoes that needed to be filled, but I was still welcomed from day one.
Over the past 3 and half years, I have met some incredible people. Some I was lucky enough to work with, others just a quick chat on the street. Some of the most special people are the ones I got a chance to interact with right on air.
Pam Warnke and I have shared some great laughs…including my first week here in Wausau when I made up a life story of myself over some drinks. Let’s just say this story was anything but the truth, but I had her going for a long time.
Bryon Graff and I were buds from day one. He is my golf buddy, my softball buddy, and yes sometimes we had a beverage or too. And over some beverages is when I received some of best advice ever. Bryon Graff once told me…”If you’re not working to get better…then your getting worse”. I have kept that mentality to this day.
Since Melissa Langbehn picked me up at the airport for an interview at Channel 9 I knew she was someone I could always trust and count on. Melissa just has that nature…what you see is what you get. I have always looked up to Melissa, not just with work but how you should carry yourself everyday as a person. Melissa will always be a good friend and I’ll probably miss our 5 pm shows the most.
And I can’t forget about my weather folks. It has been more than a pleasure working with Justin and Kristen. Together I think we tried our best to provide North Central Wisconsin with the best weather coverage.
Lastly, I cannot thank you all enough for the well wishes over these last couple weeks. I have read all of your emails, tweets, wall comments, voicemails, and letters. You sure know how to make someone feel appreciated. Which takes us back to why this place is so special.
Meteorologist Brian Niznansky