HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Is there anything more important than family?
Every now and then, a special workplace comes along and the people you work with become family. Here at WHNT News 19, we’re saying goodbye to a member of our family.
We’re sad to announce that Sports Director Ryan Cody is leaving our team. We’re happy for him, though, because Ryan is starting the next chapter of his life in Arizona for what we think is the best reason of all – family. Ryan is going to be closer his loved ones.
Ryan said, “I’ve had the pleasure of covering some great teams during my time in Alabama, but the team I’m a part of at WHNT is by far the best. Moving is bittersweet because I am going to miss so many people, but I am really excited for the next chapter in my life. It’s been 10 years since I last lived in the same town as my family and that’s just too long. In the end, I don’t want to be remembered as Ryan Cody the sports anchor. I would rather be remembered for being a good son, brother, and one day — husband and father. Thanks to everyone who has touched my life over the last four years.”
In his time at WHNT News 19, Ryan has steered the sports department to great things. He has a great work ethic and sharp wit, not to mention a friendly smile for everyone he meets.
“Ryan has been a valuable part of our team the past four years, leading the way as Sports Director the last three years. His creativity and leadership helped evolve and improve our sports reporting in the Tennessee Valley,” Assistant News Director David Williams said.
But you can ask anyone in the building, and they will all say the same thing.
Sports Reporter Chase Horn said, “Ryan isn’t just a coworker, he’s one of my best friends. I’ve had so much fun working with him the past two and a half years, it’s hard to imagine doing this without him. Ryan has helped me grow so much professionally, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without his help. I wish him the best of luck as he moves home to be closer to family, and I know it won’t be long before I see him again. Thanks for everything Ryan, I’m going to miss you!”
With Ryan leaving, we’re happy to announce that Chase Horn will follow in Ryan’s footsteps and take the helm as our new Sports Director.
“We’re pleased to be in a position to promote Chase to Sports Director continuing the growth of our local sports coverage, both on TV and online,” Assistant News Director David Williams said.
As you get older, you get wiser. Part of that wisdom is knowing the true value of family.
We’re sad to see Ryan go, but this isn’t “goodbye forever,” just “see you later, friend.”