BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - After nearly three decades serving South Mississippi, Good Morning Mississippi Meteorologist Tommy Richards is ready to retire. His last Good Morning Mississippi broadcast on WLOX is the Friday before Christmas.
Our friend Tommy came to WLOX in 1989 and has played a vital role for the station in several positions over the years.
"I want to experience more of the weather I've been forecasting," said Richards. "Thanks for the memories and the support. I hope I didn't let you down."
Tommy got his start in broadcasting in radio back in the 1960s in Mobile, Alabama. In the early 70s, he moved into the Mobile/Pensacola television market doing weather for WALA and later, WKRG. In the late 80s he came to South Mississippi where he did on-camera television commercials and voice-over work for radio and TV ads. His commercial work was award-winning.
After Tommy came to WLOX, he became the morning weatherman and environmental reporter. Tommy has a certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, and has won awards for his hurricane coverage.
"I was on the anchor desk for Tommy's first rehearsal in the WLOX studio," WLOX News Director Brad Kessie recalled. "Since that first meeting, he's become a great colleague, but more importantly, a trusted friend. Tommy made protecting South Mississippi his priority. And along the way, he made WLOX a better place to work."
"Tommy's great work will be missed by both the viewers of South Mississippi and his colleagues here at WLOX. We wish him the very best in his retirement," WLOX General Manager Rick Williams said.
Tommy's last broadcast on WLOX will be Friday, December 23rd during Good Morning Mississippi.