Don Welch Announces Retirement
NewsChannel 9's Don Welch announced his plans for retirement Monday afternoon.
Don was understandably emotional as he shared his plans with viewers in the closing minutes of his This 'N That show (video above). His last day on-air will be April 23.
Don started his television career at WRCB in Chattanooga in the early '70s. He joined WTVC in 1975 as the station’s weatherman alongside news anchor Bob Johnson and sports reporter Darrell Patterson. During the 1980s, his career path included stops at WDEF, WGOW radio and WTVF in Nashville. In 1990, Don returned to WTVC to host a weekday morning show called 'Good Morning Don,' which soon became 'Good Morning Chattanooga.' Since 2006, Don has been the host and associate producer of 'This 'N That with Don Welch,' a weekday talk show highlighting local events and happenings in the Chattanooga area.
On his pending retirement, Welch said he was grateful for years of support and viewership.
"Whether it was drawing on a weather board in the '70s or hosting ‘This 'N That’ today, the folks at home graciously invited me to be a part of their day," Welch said. "For that, I am very grateful. As I look back, I realize it’s all been good."Don Welch Announces Retirement
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Additional details about the settlement are expected to be filed in a Los Angeles federal court by mid-October.
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