ATTENTION: THIS IS BIG NEWS
Thanks for Noticing Me is returning to its homeland.
Yep. Team Valfrey is heading back to Memphis, a little over four months since we said our I Dos, and almost nine years to the day I started working in Atlanta at CNN Headline News (March 2, 1998, to be exact).
I will be a Director for WHBQ Fox13 News, headquartered near the U. of Memphis, covering the morning shows Thursday and Friday, and evening shows Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
After a little over nine years in Atlanta, it's time to go back home to Tennessee. To think of it in other terms, the years I consider my formative childhood years were 1981 to 1991, the amount of time my family lived in our home on Ancroft Cove in Memphis. Since I moved to Atlanta less than a year out of college, I suppose you could call these nine years, then, my formative adult years, learning how to be a grown-up. Now, I feel my career has been successful, I married my true love, and it's time to move on, er, back.
I always said that I wouldn't want to live in Atlanta forever and raise a family. Of course, at the same time, I always thought the idea of moving back to Memphis would mean I was a failure. I've never stopped being proud of being from there, though. Today I see it as returning to a place that is my home, my wife's home, and a central location to see all of our family and friends.
It's not you, it's me. I'm just in a different place in my life. I hope we can still be friends. Sincerely, Jeff
In many ways I disliked Atlanta. Traffic is a headache, the city is so vast that it's impossible to quickly get from one side to the next, you never get a feel for the area and meeting people is difficult.
On the other hand, there are also many things to miss, especially being able to watch four major sports teams (yes, the Hawks are still in the NBA). Of course, the ultimate was working at CNN, and being able to tell people I worked at CNN. That's always good for a head nod and "ooh, yeah?"
So we're moving from a town with 59 streets with Peachtree in the name to a town with 59 different ways to fix barbecue. That's worth something, right?
In case you're curious, this started early in February, when I joined TVJobs.com in the hopes of finding a position this year. Of course, I didn't need TVJobs.com, since my personal web browser, i.e. Val, found the job on WHBQ's site before it even posted to TVJobs! I sent my resume, interviewed the Friday before last, and accepted last Friday. I didn't post before this because I put in my two-week notice today, and I didn't want a co-worker spilling the beans to my supervisor!
Also, my family was in town this weekend, and we were having much too much fun to get to the computer! Pictures from the weekend are being put together now, and I'll have them soon, in between all the calls to find movers, boxes, storage in Memphis and everything else that comes with moving to another city in three weeks.
First day at WHBQ: March 26.
Watch out, Memphis, we're coming home!