Mooney retires after 47 years at WKRG

The COO was loved and respected by all of his colleagues

MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) – Dave Mooney, director of operations for WKRG-TV, worked his last day on Tuesday, April 26, after 47 years with the television station.

Mooney joined WKRG-TV as an engineer in 1975 when the station was still on St. Louis Street in Downtown Mobile. He was the main employee of WKRG-TV, and his 47 years of service are second only to former news anchor Mel Showers who worked 50 years at the station before retiring in 2019.

During his tenure, Mooney worked as a senior control operator, audio operator, studio engineer, remote production engineer, engineering supervisor, chief engineer, and acting news director. He became director of operations in 2010.

Mooney met his wife at WKRG-TV. He married his colleague Sue McGahagin in 1986.

“I’ve spent my whole life here, basically,” Mooney said. ” 47 years. I met my wife here, I made my best friends here. I will always be part of the WKRG and the WKRG will always be part of me.

Mooney was considered by all his colleagues as an employee capable of solving any problem and tackling any project, and always with a smile on his face.

“Dave Mooney is a special person,” said WKRG-TV General Manager Jesse Grear. “Everyone speaks highly of Dave!”

“A TV station has a lot of moving parts and someone has to keep it all together. Dave Mooney was that guy,” said WKRG News 5 anchor Devon Walsh.

Keith Vrazel, who now becomes WKRG’s main employee, has worked closely with Mooney for the past 43 years.

“Working with people like that definitely makes the job easier,” Vrazel said of Mooney. “Dave was truly an asset to Channel 5.”

WKRG meteorologist John Nodar summed up the feelings of most of Mooney’s colleagues.

“Dave has been the soul of the station,” Nodar said.

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