Community Pays Tribute to WJHG's Legend Joe Moore

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PANAMA CITY BEACH- After 43 years of being at the center of all the excitement happening in Northwest Florida, you'd think it would be difficult to walk away from it all.

But those who know our own Joe Moore say he's ready to retire.

"This is exactly what he wants to be doing. Where he wants to be doing it. He loves the community and this is just his dream,” said Molly Cromwell, Moore’s daughter.

Joe started at WJHG in 1971 as the evening news anchor.

Over the years he's served as news director, vice president of news, even acting station manager.

But his greatest contribution is unquestionably informing viewers, influencing generations of young journalists, and just showing an interest in others.

"He was so kind, and always interested in what you were doing. And he would talk to you like he was your friend and he's always treated me that way that's why I will never forget him,” said Tom Dellatore, Panama City resident.

"Always trying to help people. Always trying to bring the news so that everybody have it in the community and elsewhere,” said Sergeant Paul Vecker, Bay County Sheriff’s office.

Those who presented Joe with honors and awards Wednesday recognized him for his warmth, professionalism and always being in the know.

“Joe has never put himself on a pedestal and his overall approach to everything is down to earth, factual and all around nice guy,” said Jim King, Panama City resident.

Panama City Beach Gayle Oberst proclaimed Wednesday Joe Moore day and presented him with a key to the city.

"Joe Moore has been coming to our living room for a long, long time and we all feel like he's part of our family. After all he's there in our house, every day,” said Gayle Oberst, Panama City Beach mayor.

While it's virtually impossible to measure what Joe’s meant to WJHG, Joe says he knows exactly what its meant to him.

"I don't think I can say there is not only one thing that I'll miss about WJHG. I will miss WJHG, period. Everything. Great people, great place to work, great friends,” said Joe Moore.

As for the future, Joe says he plans to spend a lot of time with his family.

"Dad you're an inspiration to an inspiration to everyone, you're so loved and I hope someday I can be as successful and as appreciated as you are,” said Cromwell.