Aug 14, 2013 2:53 PM by Caroline Lowe and Bill Halter,KSBY

Andrew Masuda says goodbye to viewers after nine years at KSBY

KSBY sports director Andrew Masuda said goodbye to viewers and his coworkers Tuesday night.

Andrew had been with KSBY since 2004 and recently decided it was time to try a new chapter in his professional life with more "normal" work hours.

Andrew spent three years as a KSBY news reporter before moving to the sports desk.

There were lots of hugs and tears in the KSBY newsroom Tuesday as coworkers said goodbye to Andrew. He was known for his tireless energy,dedication to delivering sports news to KSBY viewers and a willingness to always pitch in on any story, even if it didn't involve sports.

"He knew how to do everything, whether it be news, the edit bays, everything," said news anchor John Reger.

"I had a news director tell me one time, that in this business, some dogs just don't have the hunt in them. Andrew is a dog that can hunt," said news anchor Jeanette Trompeter.

During Andrew's last newscast on KSBY, sports reporter Bill Halter shared interviews with local coaches and athletes who fondly remembered Andrew and how he covered their teams.

Andrew hasn't decided yet what he will do in his next professional chapter. But he does plan to stay on the Central Coast and spend more time with his friends and family.

He says, "After nine years at KSBY, the decision to leave was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made. But I feel I've accomplished everything I could from a live television broadcast of Cal Poly games to developing KSBY as the ultimate source for local sports. I've lived and breathed KSBY 24-7 and it is time to pursue new opportunities and a new lifestyle with more normal hours and time to enjoy the little things. Watching and sharing stories of local athletes reaching their dreams like Jordan Hasay, Danny Duffy, Kristina Santiago and hundreds of others was the best part of my job. Their best days were my best days. I will miss being part of such an amazing team at KSBY and am grateful for working at such a great place.

"I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in the last few days. I've received hundreds of emails, phone calls and messages from coaches, players and viewers. They've made me realize my hard work, passion and pride were appreciated and noticed. The feeling of appreciation is the best going away present I could've received.

"Thank you everyone for putting up with me, welcoming me into your lives and wishing me well. I am humbled beyond words."

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