Matt Monroe: ‘I Planned On Spending the Next 25 Years At WJBF As Your Weatherman’

By Merrill Knox 

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Friday was WJBF meteorologist Matt Monroe’s last day, and in his emotional farewell segment (above), the veteran weathercaster calls himself a “very lucky man.”

“I’ve been here for 14 years,” Monroe said. “It’s been one heck of a run. It was a dream job for me.”

Yesterday, Monroe took to Facebook — as is becoming increasingly common from the ranks of reporters and anchors who see their contracts go un-renewed — to discuss his departure. Monroe writes that with the purchase of a home in Augusta three years ago, he stopped looking for jobs in bigger markets. “I was here for good,” he writes. “I planned on spending the next 25 years at WJBF as your weatherman.” The ABC affiliate, though, apparently saw it differently:

I have always had a wonderful relationship with WJBF’s management team. In 14 years, I have never had cross words with a manager, nor have I ever been written up for an infraction of any kind. My file is spotless, filled only with glowing performance evaluations. That’s why I was genuinely shocked when I was told my contract was not being renewed. I still do not fully understand why the decision was made.