Goodbye, Emily – My Tribute [PHOTOS]
Today, I am having mixed emotions as this will be the last time on the air this morning that it will be Mike & Emily on Gator 99.5. As you all know, Emily's husband, Garrett, is in the U.S. Army and has been transferred to Arizona, so that is why she is leaving.
I have mixed emotions because the selfish side of me wants her to stay. She is not only one of the greatest talents I have worked with in the 27 years of my radio career, but has become one of my best friends. She is exactly how she is on the radio in her personal life. She is a kind, giving person and one of the hardest working people I know.
Most people just work together and then when they are done, they go home. Well, we are truly great friends outside the walls of the studio. When you spend so much time together, you become very good friends and Emily, in my eyes, is like the little sister I never had. I even gave her my only nickname "EM".
We've gone to lunches together, emcee'ed events and Karaoke contests together, have gone to a Mardi Gras Ball, taken a trip to Memphis to tour St. Jude hospital, gone to many concerts, and we have just gone out together to have fun.
Some of my fondest memories will be us just talking in the studio about a topic, and we'd start laughing hysterically over things only our personalities would get.
I remember the one time when her husband Garrett was overseas in Afghanistan and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons were coming to town. Emily almost freaked out when she knew they were coming, saying, "I Freakin' Love Them!"
So I got us some tickets and took her to the concert. And let me tell you, she was just a singing as loud as she could.
But on the other side of that coin, I knew that Emily wouldn't be here that long because she is a Army wife, so I knew that her husband would get transferred one day. I salute her husband for his dedication and service to our country. They will both be sorely missed.
Today is our last day, but as sad as I am sad to see her go, I am excited to see what is in store for her next. Mark my words, you will either hear her on a national radio show in the next five years, or see her on TV.
For me, the show must go on. Soon, we will have a new co-host and I know all of you will show that person all the love and support you showed Emily when she first came on the show.
Until then, I want to say Thank You to Emily. You will always and forever be my Disney and Prize princess, dinosaur loving, singing out loud, ride-or-die radio wife! I will miss you so much, and I wish you and Garrett all the best. I love you both dearly!
Every time we played this song, Emily and I would sing along as loud as we could. So, one last time, let's sing it together EM.