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Joel's Blog: A look back at my time at WLOX

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - When I broke this news to Carrie, her response was golden. She said, “If you ever want to give God a good laugh, tell him your plans.” 

When I first came to South Mississippi two years ago, I wanted to stay. It's a beautiful place. The people are amazing. The food is phenomenal. Plus, you can't beat living on the water. Why would anyone NOT want to live here?

Over the past two years, I've enjoyed being near family and friends. It's much closer to home than South Dakota, where I spent my first year out of college. But, finding the time to spend with family and friends was much more difficult as long as I was working weekends. 

Even before I graduated from Mississippi State, I was working weekends at WABG in Greenville. I've missed many football games, family gatherings and friends' weddings over the past six years. While I realize that's inevitable for many in my field, I knew I wanted to find a more stable schedule sooner than later.

About a month ago, that opportunity presented itself. Better yet, it opened up at the television station I grew up watching all my life. Not only would I have my weekends off, but I'd be even closer to my family. 

It's tough to leave behind all my friends here at WLOX, but I'm so glad that I will be close enough to make frequent visits to the Coast. There will be weekend events here in South Mississippi I wouldn't have been able to enjoy if I had stayed, so I think this decision gives me the best of both worlds.

Unfortunately, that does mean saying goodbye to everyone who tuned in to my forecasts each day. The past two years have been incredible, and I thank each and every one of you for tuning in and giving me a chance. You've watched me grow from a nervous wreck to who I am today. I'm nowhere near perfect yet, but I've learned so much here at WLOX, and I look forward to taking these new skills to North Mississippi.

If you're following me on Twitter and Facebook, I hope you'll continue to do so. While most of my coverage will be geared more toward North Mississippi, I'll give you guys a shout out from time to time. 

If you're ever in my area, be sure to tune in to WTVA News Today! You may just see a familiar face. Also, if you happen to see me out and about one weekend while I'm visiting, feel free to say hello. 

South Mississippi will always hold a special place in my heart, and it will always be a home away from home.


P.S. - In the coming days, my WLOX email address will be deactivated. If you would like to contact me, you may email me at

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