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Pete Zervakis signs off


LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW) -- Sunday was Pete Zervakis's final show as an anchor for WXOW.

Here is the transcript of his official, goodbye:

As some of you watching tonight know, this is my last show here at News 19.

I'm going to be starting a new job this week at our company's affiliate in Madison.

But before I go, I have to of course put in a couple of shameless plugs and thank you's.

Thank you to my boss, Sean, for hiring me two and a half years ago.

Thank you to our assignment editor Stacy, to all my other co-workers here and a special thanks to our general manager, Dave Booth, for running a tremendous shop here at WXOW on the hill.

I have to of course thank our "weekend crew," as we like to call ourselves -- Madeline Sky and Dave Polzin as well as Dave's predecessor Dustin Luecke and our directors Justin Pfaff and Steve Bland.

I want to thank my family for their continued support. That includes my adopted family here in La Crosse, Connie and Greg Mahairas and all of their wonderful kids and grand kids.

I have to thank the members of my church, St. Elias Orthodox Church on the north side, who reminded me each Sunday when I showed up for liturgy that they would be watching.  

I have to thank the firefighters and police officers of Onalaska, La Crosse, Holmen and all the other communities in our area who work with us on a daily basis.

Finally, I have to thank you -- the viewers.

Thank you for watching. There's no point in doing the news if no one watches.

I hope you've learned something from our broadcasts each weekend, because I know I've learned a lot during my time here as a result of feedback I've gotten from you.

You live in a beautiful area.

The scenery in the Coulee Region is second to none and the people are the friendliest I've ever met.

To everyone who approached me over the years to say you had been watching our shows: thanks from the bottom of my heart.

You made my day each and every time you did so.

Stay classy, La Crosse. Until the next time we see each other, goodbye.

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