By Chris Hassel
Well, this is it. My last Murphy’s Law blog posting. My last day of work at Channel 13. I’ve been here 5 1/2 years. When my co-workers ask me how long I’ve been here, they’re always surprised it’s been that long. For me, it seems like it’s been more than just over 5 years. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. I’ve grown so much over the course of my time here that it feels like I’ve been here much longer. This is home. That’s why it’s going to be so hard for me to leave.
The friends I’ve made here will be friends for life. And I can’t imagine working with better group of people than the ones here at WHO-TV. To the viewers (the ones who liked my antics, and even the ones who didn’t), thank you. It really makes things a lot more fun when you know people watch because you know people care. Though not everyone realizes it, this is a special place. I could’ve spent the rest of my life here and been happy. I’m excited, but I’m also sad. I find it hard to believe that I’ll ever work with a better bunch of people than those I’m leaving here at WHO-TV.
I’m not going to bore everyone with a million thank you’s so I’ll just keep it to my friends in the sports department. When I came here, I didn’t know anyone in Des Moines. I was engaged, but my fiance was back in Muscatine for the first 6 months on the job. Keith did more than anyone to help me grow in my profession, but what I will remember most is how he treated me as a friend. He invited me to gatherings at his house and made a 22-year-old kid feel welcome. Keith was also the brains behind many of my SoundOFF skits. Some of my greatest productions were born out of one of Keith’s ideas. Our relationship was perfect because Keith has crazy funny thoughts, but he’s not crazy enough to look like an ass on TV. I spent several would-be lonely nights at the Murphy house in my first year. Keith has six boys. I often felt like the seventh.
As for Andy, my best friend in Des Moines, thank you for seeing a little of yourself in me and helping me grow as a person more than anything. Andy helped this sheltered, naive kid, broaden his horizons. Andy was also a driving force behind the most memorable Hazzle Dazzle Productions of all time. I’m going to miss the late night’s with him talking shop and talking nonsense. Andy is like an older brother to me. He steered me through some tough times and always kept my best interests in mind. Andy is not only the funniest person I’ve ever met, he’s also taught me some of life’s greatest lessons.
I’m also sad that I won’t get to continue my budding friendship with John Sears. What a perfect fit he’s been here at Channel 13. Not only did he fit right in to the sports department, he’s also a favorite amongst our group of friends. With Keith, Andy, and John, I leave knowing that this station will continue to lead the way in sports coverage. I’m good friends with some of our competitors at rival stations, and even they know there’s no comparison when it comes to local sports in Iowa. This department is the best in the state, and I doubt there’s a better department in country.
Thank you to all who have watched/listened/called/emailed/tweeted/written. I was born in Iowa, and I hope to one day return to Iowa. This is home. And this will be missed.