For a no-fuss, no-muss kind of guy like NBC-12’s Gene Cox, hot dogs and hamburgers are a fine way to celebrate 33 years behind the anchor desk. Though a new iPad doesn’t hurt, either, given on behalf of the station this afternoon by station vice president and general manager, Kym D. Grinnage. "Now somebody show me how this thing works," Cox says dryly, after expressing thanks.
Staff gathered in the station’s main studio at 12:30 to watch a goodbye video on Cox’s last day at the desk, which Style first announced here. (Cox will return after an extended vacation to work on other projects for the station).
The sendoff included ribbing, in jokes and a taped congratulations message from former Gov. Doug Wilder, who reminded Cox that they shared a birthday, and that no one knew what to expect from an Aquarius. Among the former colleagues making appearances were Harvey Powers, Brenda Hughes, Mark Hubbard and Charles Pyle. The group retired to the station’s weather garden out back, where a swimming pool used to be, lining up for food from O’Toole’s Irish Pub and share memories (full disclosure: this reporter was fed). Cox’s final broadcasts are at 5 and 6 tonight, and NBC-12 has set up a Web page with video clips.