When I was 19 years old, working as a college co-op at Dow Corning in in my hometown of Midland, my co-worker David Ellsworth asked me about my career plans. I don't recall exactly what I told him, but it was vague and directionless, because I had no idea where I was going.

Ellsworth then asked me, "What's your dream job?"

I paused, thinking, 'What? We can have a DREAM job?'...I said, "I guess it would be fun to be in radio..."

That brief conversation led to a job at the local AM radio station, WMPX 1490, to Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Detroit, to WMMQ in Lansing, back when it was still 92.7.

It's been a magical, adventurous journey of thirty years. I have had the pleasure of making friends with so many of you. I am so honored that you've shared with me your stories of life, the highs and lows, the funny and sad. I've watched your kids grow up and have their own kids.

I am grateful to my radio partners, bosses and co-workers for the support, for showing me how to be a better broadcaster and a better human over the past three decades.

Thank you, Joey Pants, for being such a magnificent partner, friend and brother.

The time has come for me to get out of my comfort zone and take on new challenges.

I will be teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga around town, as well as Basics at Hilltop Yoga and I teach Gentle/Basics classes in South Lansing. Get the details at debhartyoga.com.

And I offer my deepest gratitude to all of you who invited me into your homes, vehicles and workplaces, listening on the radio, computer and on your mobile devices (you can download the app for free).

Thank you, Eric Lacy, for the generous article in the Lansing State Journal about my departure. It's been an honor and a privilege.

Here was my announcement on the air yesterday - I bawled like a baby.

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