"Miss Marcia" Retiring After 51 Years On Channel 9

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Marcia Kling on Romper Room
Marcia Kling on Romper Room

Marcia Kling, a fixture on Chattanooga TV for over half a century, announced Thursday she will be retiring after more than 51 years at WTVC Newschannel 9 on May 30.

In an email to her fellow employees, "Ms. Marcia" said, “Unlike the Energizer Bunny, I never intended going on and on...  So, when my work day ends on Thursday, May 30, I will leave the station for the last time.  The decision to do so has not been easy .

. . and largely because of all of you.”

Marcia Kling joined WTVC in 1962 to host TV-9’s Romper Room School.  She immediately became known as “Miss Marcia”, a name that stuck.  The following year, Miss Marcia developed her own educational program for preschoolers on WTVC called Funtime.  The show ran from 1963 to 1978.  Countless children in the Tennessee Valley learned their ABCs from Miss Marcia over the years. 

In 1978, Nifty Nine was created as a program for kids age six to 12.  Miss Marcia produced and hosted Nifty Nine as the program that replaced Funtime.

Miss Marcia has served as the station’s Director of Community Affairs and in 1982 focused her work on the lives of people over 50 in her role as the Life Watch reporter.  More recently, Miss Marcia has had a regular presence on This N That, a weekday local talk show at 12:30p.

WTVC General Manager Mike Costa said “Marcia Kling is everything that is good about Chattanooga.  We have been honored to have her represent WTVC Newschannel 9.  Not many people can say they’ve worked at the same station for more than 50 years but Miss Marcia will tell you she hasn’t worked one day in those years because she has been doing what she loves.  We love Miss Marcia and will miss her gracious presence in the building and on our air.” 

Miss Marcia and her husband David plan to remain active with the many community projects to which they volunteer time.  They also plan to enjoy their role of full time grandparents. 

 



All School Board Members But Rhonda Thurman Approve Going Ahead With Equity Study

All County School Board members except Rhonda Thurman said Thursday afternoon they are in favor of pushing ahead with an equity study sought by new Supt. Bryan Johnson. Ms. Thurman said she was "tired of bullying tactics by outside groups" such as UnifiEd and Chattanooga 2.0. She said the 132 people who signed a letter in support of the study include people "with deep pockets" ... (click for more)

Upcoming City Council Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the upcoming City Council agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Vice-Chairman Oglesby). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. V. Ordinances – Final Reading: (None) VI. Ordinances – First Reading: ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT a. An ordinance amending Chattanooga City Code, Part II, ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Not A Blessed One

When I read, to no great surprise, that 132 of Chattanooga’s “leaders” had signed a letter in support of “socioeconomic integration” in Thursday’s Times Free Press, there were two things that were immediately obvious to me: Not a blessed one would have (a) written such a letter on their personal stationery, and (b) not a blessed one would have ever voted for the current president ... (click for more)

Katie Burrows Sets UTC Women's Basketball Staff

Chattanooga head coach Katie Burrows is putting the finishing touches on her new staff. The faces will remain the same, but the responsibilities will shift.   Assistant coaches Brittany Johnson and Jon Goldberg will remain on the staff and Debbie Black moved from Director of Operations to assistant coach. Former student-athlete Aryanna Gilbert will be the Mocs' student ... (click for more)

CASL: Thursday's High-Point Scorers

CUMBERLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS: None reported. RIDGESIDE HIGH-POINT SCORERS: 19 – Arianna Bond, Izzy Bauer, Drew Bond, Madeline Bond 17 – Beccan Fitzsimmons, Taj Goodman, Adelaide Bond, Jack Fitzsimmons 16 – Brynne Burkhart 15 – Alex Lowry 14 – Ryan Carpenter, Kathy Zeglen, Owen Eastman 13 – Asa Hedrick 12 – Erynn Whaley, Monica Suttles 11 – Wally ... (click for more)