Posted: Jun 3, 2012 1:12 PM by KATC
Updated: Jun 3, 2012 1:13 PM
KATC TV3 Good Morning Acadiana Anchor Tom Voinche is retiring after 20 years with the station. Throughout Tom's tenure, GMA experienced consistent ratings growth in becoming the dominant source for morning news, weather and information in the Acadiana market. Tom covered many of the biggest events of the past two decades, including the 2005 and 2008 hurricane seasons, and the May 2000 train derailment in his hometown of Eunice.
Tom's true KATC legacy, though, is his sense of humor and his infectious love for everything "Acadiana".
"Yes, we are having that much fun", says GMA Co-Anchor Tracy Wirtz. "I always told people that and meant it every time I said it. How do you tell someone 'thank you' for teaching you so much and making you laugh the whole time you were learning? I only hope I can carry on the tradition of spreading smiles as easily and expertly as Tom has."
GMA Meteorologist Dave Baker adds, "Tom's passion for South Louisiana was evident to me when he took me on a hundred mile tour of Acadiana for my job interview back in 1994. He showcased this region in true Tom Voinche fashion. Tom is always proud to show off Acadiana, his home. Because of Tom, Acadiana is my home, too. He's been a great friend and co-worker for two decades and Tom's influence will bring many more laughs on GMA for decades to come! He is why Good Morning Acadiana is what it is today! I wish all the best to Tom and his wife Bonnie on their retirements!"
In 2012, Tom received his Master's degree in Communications from UL, where he currently teaches. His retirement from KATC begins June 1st and his immediate plans call for extensive travel with wife Bonnie and dog ‘Tater.
"What a wonderful 20 years it has been," reflects Tom. "I appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of the KATC family, learning much, and working with very talented people. I would especially like to thank our viewers and advertisers. Without their support, my TV3 career would have been very brief. For now, my wife Bonnie and I want to explore some of our great country and enjoy all that Acadiana has to offer."