MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mel Showers, WKRG’s veteran 6p and 10p newscast anchor, has announced he will be retiring from anchoring regular nightly newscasts after 50 years at the station. Showers made the announcement to viewers during WKRG News 5 at 10 Thursday night.
“It has been an honor and privilege to be invited into so many lives over the years,” Showers said. “I feel it is time to take a step back from the anchor desk and enjoy being able to get to bed a little earlier now,” Showers joked.
Showers’ last regular nightly newscast is scheduled to be WKRG News 5 at 10 on Wednesday, May 22.
“Mel Showers is beloved by people all along the Gulf Coast,” said Jesse Grear, Vice President and General Manager of WKRG. “Millions of viewers have watched Mel over the years. From reporting on cross burnings by the KKK, to the devastation brought by some of the country’s most powerful tropical storms and hurricanes, Mel has been the voice of calm during some of the most dramatic times in Alabama history,” Grear said.
Showers will contribute to WKRG News 5 as an “Anchor Emeritus” with occasional special reports and providing his unique perspective on events impacting the Gulf Coast