Saying Goodbye

June 12th, 2013 at 11:02 pm by under Sports 18

Wednesday, June 12,

This is the hardest subject I’ve had to write about in my 6 1/2 years at WLFI-TV—-saying goodbye.

I will be leaving WLFI on Friday, June 14 to take a new position at WTHI-TV, the CBS and Fox affiliate in Terre Haute. I will be the weeknight news anchor at 6 & 11 there and succeeding a first-class gentleman, Mark Allen, who is irreplaceable. Mark is a Hall of Fame broadcaster who’s been in the Wabash Valley for 46 years, the last 23 of those years at WTHI. Mark is retiring at the end of this month, which created the job opening that I’m leaving for.

I cannot put into words how special it’s been to be in the News 18 and Sports 18 viewing area since October 25, 2006. It’s the best place that I’ve ever worked and the best place I’ve ever lived. This is one of the truly special places in the country and the people are the reason why.

The list of people to thank is a very, very long one. My current sports staff members, Ross Bolin and Caleb Martin, who are as loyal, hard-working, and dependable as they come. Ross and Caleb will continue to provide you with outstanding sports coverage. I have the utmost faith in them. I also am most grateful to former WLFI Sports Department members Tiffanie Dismore (now Tiffanie Terry), Matt Wettersten, Kelly Crull, Gage Butterbrodt, and Larry Clisby. As well as Publisher Alan Karpick and his tremendous staff. Along with the classy WASK radio group in Lafayette, where I worked part-time the past two years. I also want thank the management at WLFI for the wonderful opportunity of working here and the countless athletic directors, coaches, and student-athletes who have made my job most enjoyable and very memorable.

Most of all, I want to thank you, the AWESOME viewers of WLFI, for welcoming me into your homes and making me feel most welcome. The warmth, genuineness, and class of this wonderful community I simply can’t put into words. You have treated me wonderfully and I will always be grateful.

Thank you and I wish each and everyone of you the best.

Best wishes and thanks again,

Mike Cleff



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