Your afternoon shot of sweetness, positive thinking and motivation delivered by the curly-haired Mary Jones will end on Dec. 23.
Jones, the popular, upbeat afternoon program host at the Bloomfield-based station is retiring in two weeks.
“Life is too short,” said the 62-year-old former public relations/marketing professional, who, with husband Morgan, recently purchased a place on the Gulf Coast in Florida. “We had talked about it for so long, bought the condo a few months ago and it’s time to enjoy,” she said. “It’s very bittersweet for me to be leaving but like I said, life is too short. It’s a big decision but a very exciting one.”
Jones’s 10-year career at WDRC included developing her own “The Mary Jones Show” and then sharing another, “Leatherneck and Lace,” with fellow radio show host Brad Davis as part of the station’s “Talk of Connecticut” collection. Jones was laid off from the station in 2008 and then brought back for a morning slot, eventually being moved to the prime time afternoon drive period. Known for her “monthly challenges,” “Girls Night Out” dinners and optimistic program topics, Jones announced her retirement on her show Monday.
“I will miss it all,” said Jones. “I loved doing it.”
Jones said she and her husband will divide their time between their Florida and Connecticut homes.
Staff was advised of the retirement just prior to her show.
“It is with bittersweet feelings that I write to inform you that Mary Jones will be retiring from Buckley Radio.” emailed Eric Fahnoe, Buckley Broadcasting vice president and general manager. “I’m thrilled for Mary as she begins the next chapter of her life and I’m greatly appreciative of all the hard work and professionalism she demonstrated while working with us,” he added. “Mary said to me, “life is an adventure,” and I know we all will wish her well in retirement, her future endeavors or whatever comes next.”
Fahnoe said plans are still being finalized regarding new afternoon programming for that time slot.
(On a personal note, best wishes to Mary on her retirement and new life. She was one of the first people I met when I took over the Java column in 2006 and since then has become a cherished friend for so many reasons. Wishing her and her husband a wonderful retirement together. They are a surely couple that deserve it all. )