Farewell my Friends...

By: Jamie Arnold
By: Jamie Arnold

Jamie Arnold bids farewell to Eastern Carolina as he heads out on a new adventure.

Jamie Arnold Says Goodbye

Just over six years ago I was an anxious, nervous twenty-something trying to break into the world of TV weather. Resumes had been flying out the door for months with little response. That was until one March day when a News Director from a place called WITN in eastern NC gave me buzz and asked me to come down for an interview,the rest as they say is history.

I recall my very first time on the air. It was Easter Sunday 2002. Severe storms were breaking out all over eastern Carolina and I was quite honestly lost! I made it through that first show without too many problems, though most of it was just a blur. That night I went home and e-mailed all of my friends and family and told them I was finally a weatherman!

Since then, we've been through a lot - too many hurricanes and tropical storms, a ton of severe storms, a handful of tornadoes and even a few snowstorms. You occasionally wrote or called to tell me I did a good job. Some of you frequently wrote or e-mailed to say I didn't, or that I covered up golf or Jeopardy. Either way I've had a great time meeting and greeting so many of the friendly people here in the East. I also want to thank those of you who told me how to pronounce places like Contoe, Kornegay, and Kilkenny.

Of course I did not just do weather at WITN. I started my marriage here as well. My beautiful bride Angie and I were married at 6:57 am on Thursday November 21st...LIVE ON THE AIR! I want to say thank you to all of the people who still stop Angie and me on the street and say how much they enjoyed watching. We'll be celebrating our 6th anniversary this year.

While our marriage was out there for the world to see, the birth of our daughter was a bit more private. Ava Madeline Arnold was born September 8th 2006 at Beaufort County Hospital. I will always be proud that my beautiful daughter can say she was born in Eastern Carolina.

While I am leaving, I'm not really going that far. In fact, I'll still be in Eastern Carolina, just Eastern South Carolina. Head south down HWY 17 for about 4 hours and you'll run right into Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand. That is where I'm starting a new chapter in life. I'll be doing weather for WMBF News, the NBC station that covers coastal South Carolina.

So with all of that I say farewell my friends. It is often said that Eastern Carolina is the forgotten part of our state. Well I will never forget the people, the places, and yes the wild weather of Eastern Carolina.

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  • by windel foster Location: posted block on Jul 17, 2008 at 03:56 PM
    Hey you Guys,just get you a satellite and you can still see ole jamie if you know what your doing..You guys have a safe trip moving and good luck..
  • by Theresa Location: New Bern on Jul 13, 2008 at 03:41 PM
    Your pumpkin muffins will always be a bakery staple in my household. I wish you the best as well as to your family aclimating to SC.
  • by Kelly Location: Williamston on Jul 11, 2008 at 01:16 PM
    You will surely be missed as you were my favorite on WITN because you did your jobso well. Good Luck in SC.
  • by Kara Location: Greenville on Jul 10, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    Jamie was quick and to the point, that's what made him so good at what he did.
  • by Brandon Location: Sladesville on Jul 8, 2008 at 06:44 PM
    Jamie was certainly a very intelligent weatherman and he knew what he was doing. He was a great weatherman and explained everything well. Channel 7 will certainly miss him. Good Luck in the future Jamie. Weatherwatcher- Brandon Berry
  • by Rick Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    I am sorely going to miss seeing Jamie on WITN. However, what I don't understand is why doesn't WITN post the comment that I made toward the lack of interest I have in the other weathermen?
  • by Cindi Location: Williamston on Jul 6, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    Jamie, Just want ya to know you will be missed. You are an outstanding weatherman and WITN will definitely be at a loss. I wish you, Angie and Ava the very best on your move. Keep up the good work, WITN has their work cut out for them trying to find someone to fill your shoes. Keep up the good work though! Cindi
  • by AL Location: Greene Co on Jul 5, 2008 at 06:41 PM
    Sorry to see you go! You are a very nice guy I met you in Target in Greenville on a Sunday a few years ago. God bless you and Angie may she do well with her illness and the New little one. Do well and make us proud!

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  • by Marie Location: Kinston on Jul 4, 2008 at 12:22 PM
    Sorry to hear you are leaving. Good luck in SC.
  • by Tucker Location: Greenville on Jul 3, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    This is very sad to hear. Why do the good ones always go?

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