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      Time to say goodbye to Teresa Snow

      The heat index has been something like 147 in Central Missouri in recent days.

      It's been so hot, I saw two fire hydrants fighting over a dog.

      So I think we should talk about snow. Cool, refreshing snow. White, fluffy and invigorating snow, the kind we want on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as we celebrate the warmth of the holiday.

      Then, the snow can go away for 363 days.

      But this conversation isn't be about the snow falling from the sky, but our friend Snow.

      Teresa Snow.

      Classy, professional, dedicated, with a smile that can warm up a room.

      Through the years, she's become your friend, my friend, our friend, even if you don't actually know her. You've spent countless hours with her in your living room, kitchen and bedroom, sometimes more than an hour a day, five days a week.

      Some people have spent more time with Teresa than their own families.

      You've come to trust her as a friend, even if she's telling you bad news, sad news, depressing news. She also shared good news, happy news, uplifting news.

      That's what friends do, after all. Sometimes, they tell us what we want to hear and sometimes, it's something we'd rather not hear but we deserve to know.

      Today, Thursday, Aug. 28, we're losing a friend. This is the day for Teresa Snow's last broadcast on KRCG --- she's done well over 3,000 in her 26-year career --- as she's leaving the station to accept a position with the University of Missouri Health System.

      One last time, Let it Snow.


      TERESA GREW UP IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, before attending college at Florida State where, it's worth noting, she was the head majorette on the twirling (baton) line as well as the school's Homecoming Queen.

      In her spare time, she did go to class --- her major was media performance, her minor was journalism. Teresa didn't just throw a dart at the career dart board and come up with these.

      "I knew in fourth or fifth grade," she said. "We ate dinner together as a family and we always watched the news, I think that's what really sparked it."

      After graduation and a three-month internship at KSDK in St. Louis, she spent two years at KQTV in St. Joseph. Both of those experiences helped her become the journalist she is today.

      "I had a mentor during my internship at KSDK and she still works in St. Louis," Snow said. "I would send her tapes when I was in St. Joe and she would send me critique letters. In one of those, she said: 'You told me to be brutal ... you look like you're pretending to be an anchor.'

      "That was really tough on me at the time. But the 3,000 newscasts I've done in my career make me proud I was an anchor, and not pretending to be one."

      After St. Joseph, she came to KMIZ in Columbia where she worked as an anchor for 16 years --- she was also the news director for 5 1/2 years --- before joining KRCG in 2006.

      "She came to us from Channel 17 and she was already well-established in this market as a credible reporter and news anchor," said her KRCG co-anchor, Kermit Miller. "We benefited greatly from that.

      "What she brought was a depth of experience that you don't always get in a market of this size. Her wealth of knowledge about this area and the issues that matter here, it was irreplaceable.

      "Depth and experience still count for something is this business."

      Miller should know. He's been in the business for 42 years, he started as a teenager, spending the last 32 years at KRCG.

      "I've worn out a lot of co-anchors along the way," he said with a smile.

      Miller and Snow went together like peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, Siskel and Ebert. Two thumbs up? I would say so.

      "He's the best, and no offense to anybody else I've anchored with," Snow said. "We are a better match than I've been with any other co-anchor.

      "When I came here, people told me: 'Be careful, Kermit will change your script.' Well, when Kermit changed my script, it made it better. I don't think people appreciate the fact how good he is."

      Snow didn't spend all her time in the studio. She covered George Bush II, numerous governors and their inaugurations, the funeral for Gov. Carnahan, the 1993 and 1995 floods. and made a trip to Haiti to cover the 2010 earthquake, to name a few.

      "I'd say I'm wired for news," she said. "I'm just really into it, how we do it, what we choose to put on the air, how we write it. I like editing the stories and meeting people. I just love the whole process of reporting the story.

      "Reporting is the fun part, that's where you get to go meet people and do things. There are a lot of stories to be told and I love to tell them."

      And she told them quite well.

      "It's been a pleasure working with her," Miller said. "She's knowledgeable, she's intelligent, she's reliable and she has good skills in managing people and time. She's everything you want in a co-worker; it's been incredibly easy to be associated with her."

      Snow lives in northern Boone County on a sizable farm where she and her husband, Ben, raise cattle and a few crops. They have four children --- two sets of twins. The Snow family obviously took advantage of the hospital's buy one, get one free offer.

      Travis and Kyle are 14, Tony and Ashley are 13.

      "My husband has twin brothers and his dad had twin brothers," Teresa said, "so I would say they run in his family.

      "My oldest twins started high school this year, so this was kind of a pivotal time to move from the night shift to the day shift."

      There are a lot more words in her new title than two, TV anchor --- she'll be the Corporate Director of Strategic Communications and Media Relations for the University of Missouri Health System.

      "I will be overseeing efforts for both internal and external communications," she said. "This is a really good job opportunity so in that sense, it wasn't as difficult as it could have been.

      "But it still wasn't easy."


      KRCG WILL, OF COURSE, fill the position with someone. You can't just fill the empty chair next to Kermit with flowers and good-luck cards, with a picture of Teresa's face glued to the back of the chair.

      Although I think that would be a fabulous idea for the first night or two. Some of us may need to be weaned from not seeing her, after all.

      While someone will be in that chair, no one who can replace Teresa. KRCG and the Central Missouri television community are losing one of its most trusted pillars.

      "It will be somebody new and somebody different, and we'll go in a different direction," Miller said. "You're not going to find someone with more than two decades of experience to fill that chair, I doubt. You just don't replace someone like that."

      No, you don't. Teresa was our TV version of Mary Tyler Moore, minus the hat toss.

      Who can turn the world on with her smile?

      Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

      Well it's you girl and you should know it

      With each glance and every little movement, you show it

      Love is all around no need to waste it

      You can have a town, why don't you take it

      You're going to make it after all.

      She made it, indeed, and she certainly had this town. She didn't take it, however, she earned it.

      But around 10:35 p.m. Thursday, it was time to sign off one last time. To Let it Snow, one last time.

      Time to say good-bye.

      Sometimes, sadly, that's what friends do.