As reported here Friday, veteran KMBC reporter/anchor Maria Antonia officially signed off from the ABC affiliate after a sterling 28-year career at the Hearst-owned station.
After volunteering with the Bishop Sullivan Center the past few years she will now transition into a full-time position with the charity organization.
She graciously took the time to share her final thoughts about her last day at KMBC and her future plans.
“As for my thoughts about leaving Channel 9, as I said at the end of my last KMBC broadcast Friday, I thank the people of our community,” she says. “For 28 years so many families were willing to share their stories, even when it wasn’t easy.”
Was it difficult saying goodbye to all those viewers who have watched you for nearly three decades?
“On my last day I worked with a photographer named Dick Kasper,” she notes. “Twice during the day I tried my goodbye message out on “DK” as we call him. Both times I cried and cried. Poor DK had to be worried about how I’d hold up trying to deliver it on-air, live.
“It helped having DK behind the camera, and it helped to think of all those families who’ve shared their feelings, good, bad or painful. For just a few seconds it was my turn to do what they have been willing to do year after year,” she adds.
“As for my role with The Bishop Sullivan Center I’m going to do what I’ve been doing all these years,” says Antonia .”I’m going to be doing stories about people in our community and how donors and volunteers help make their lives better.”
We came across a blog post from long-time co-worker Joel Nichols that might have been the most accurate summary of Antonia’s career at KMBC:
“Over the years, I’ve learned that there is nothing Maria Antonia can’t do. She put up with the long, weird hours that doing the morning news requires as well as the wrong, weird weather dork. She has won just about every award a broadcast journalist can win for her reporting. She has balanced all that professional accomplishment with being an amazing wife and mom. Also, Maria is always there when a friend needs help and support.”