8/10/14

Cue the music: Boyz to Men, "End of the Road..." (LOVE THAT SONG!!!  Am I showing my age too much? haha)

Yes, it's true.

I'm leaving your Hometown Station.

WDBJ7 has been SOOOO good to me over the years, but it's YOU the VIEWER who has been the real "ROCKSTAR."

I never understood the power of an audience until I came here in January 2004.   (Yes, 10+ years. Wild stuff!)

You let me into your home every week- first, in 2004 with WDBJ7 Sunday Morning and then four-years ago when I took over WDBJ7 Saturday Morning.

As you may have heard me say- some weeks are better than others (geez, some days are better than others! haha)  But, each week you tuned in to get your news, sports, weather and hopefully a little smile or chuckle to get your weekend going.  For that, I THANK YOU!

As I said this morning, this community really showed me how much it cared when I battled cancer.  The support was UNREAL.  I was blown away & definitely lifted up by everyone's positive vibes/prayers.  THANK YOU!  I know it's because of this that I came through treatment with flying colors :)  (in case you hadn't heard, I'm cancer free, feeling great and my prognosis is excellent!)

I'm continuing my career in Richmond.   Much like WDBJ7, the station I'm joining is the #1 and has a reputation as the market leader with strong reporting. 

I'm excited about the challenge of a new region, but I know I'll miss the people here at 'DBJ and the tremendous viewers in Southwest Virginia.   If the folks in Richmond are half as kind and accepting as you have been, then I'll count myself lucky!

Thank you for allowing me into your homes every week.

It has been a honor, privilege and a pleasure.

And, I'll leave you on that note- Take Care and, as I say every weekend when I sign off, BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
    
~sjb

p.s.  you can keep up with me via my work Facebook and Twitter pages, they will transition with me to Richmond!

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12/31/13

Happy New Year's Eve!

This has been a very interesting and sometimes challenging year.
And, unfortunately, this blog has bore the brunt of that (i.e. you may notice there are hardly ANY entries for 2013!  BAD Susan! :)

One of my co-workers said today that 2013 flew by.  
I'm not sure I can completely agree.
This might have been the longest year of my life, BUT I'm thankful for it.
I'm thankful to be alive.
I'm thankful for the support of friends and family.
I'm thankful for my family here at 'DBJ.
I'm thankful for YOU!

I've learned a lot about myself this year.
I'm SUPERWOMAN!!! (hahaha, okay, that might be an exaggeration, but it feels like it! :)
Going into 2014 I have many of the same resolutions that approximately 45% of Americans make (but as I was reading: only 8% of us keep.)
But, I aspire to more in this coming year.
I believe that everything happens for a reason.
I believe I was given this chance to learn patience (ok, more patience!)
I believe this was a reminder to value the people in my life.
So, moving into 2014, I'm looking for opportunities to become more involved, to educate and help.
Stay tuned for what that looks like! :)

That seems like the ideal place to stop, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my claim "to fame" in 2013- THAT CAT!!!
Yes, the swimming cat.
Good Morning America and CNN's Anderson Cooper hosted segment about it.
It was on MSN's, Yahoo's and countless other homepages.
Locally people who watch the show every week, understood it was just one of those things (not malicious, just someone who looked up and saw a cat. in a vest. in the water.)
Nationally, I was skewered (not by the hosts of those shows, but by national web users, etc.)
Once again, I hope people were able to see it for what it was- and not think that it was attack on animals, people battling their weight, etc.
(I'll save you the trouble of looking it up: cat video

On that note, I hope your 2014 is full of love, laughter and a lot of happiness.
Thank you for your support this past year.
And, thank you for watching WDBJ7- we have the BEST VIEWERS!!!
I appreciate everyday you choosing to allow me (and us) into your homes.

Take Care & Be Safe!
~sjb

10/27/13

Hellooooo out there!

I'm sorry its taken so long, but every time I start to write this blog, I get distracted and well- it doesn't get done.

That being said, I'm focusing and making it happen.

(I'm just going to warn you, this is a weird blog!  I spent several days in local courthouses this week, so that may have something to do with it!)

Unfortunately, the topic I started a couple of weeks ago is still relevant.

I say UNFORTUNATELY because it involves the death or injury of children.

(as a reporter I can't help but get my "back up" when the smallest, weakest and defenseless of our society become the victims of violence)

There has been a disgusting number of case- nationally and locally- that involve children being injured/killed because of the choices of their parents.