WHSV's Tracey Jones bids farewell with open letter to the community

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The final day of February marks Tracey Jones' final day as General Manager of WHSV, leaving after 20 years in Harrisonburg and 30 years working in and managing various Gray Television stations.

"Tracey has made such a mark on this station and on the community, and I’m just honored to be able to follow in her footsteps and to be able to work for such a great station and for such a great company in Gray," said Sacha Purciful, current Director of Sales at WHSV, who is becoming the new General Manager.

To say farewell, and thank you, to all of WHSV's viewers over these years, Jones has released an open letter to the community. You can read it below:

An open letter to the community from WHSV general manager, Tracey Jones

It has been one of the greatest privileges and blessings of my life to lead WHSV for the past two decades. This community has been so incredibly giving of its time and resources and because of that, much has been accomplished.

• 15 years of Children First Day
• 20 years of Toy Convoy
• Building a Habitat for Humanity House in Staunton for the station’s 50th anniversary
• Formation of The Valley Responds to adopt Long Beach, MS following hurricane Katrina
• The addition of The Valley’s Fox, My Valley and CBS V.
• 29 years of Student Athlete of the Week/Year.
• Dancing with the Stars of the ‘Burg to benefit the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Child Day Care Center.
• The annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive
• The annual Stuff the Truck for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
• A number of Good Neighbor Gift projects (and more to come)

The station used its voice to bring these projects to life, but it’s you, the extraordinary people of the Shenandoah Valley who supported them and made them all successful. It seems we are often asking you to stuff something or another and you always rise to the occasion.

I came here 20 years ago, after managing our sister station in Meridian, MS. My husband and I moved a great distance from family because I believed this is where I was supposed to be. And it was! This place has come to mean so much to both of us. We stepped out of our comfort zone because I had a really strong sense that the people in the Shenandoah Valley were special—and you did not disappoint!

I am retiring. Today is my last “official” day at the station. This summer, we will be relocating closer to family. So I will be in the area a few more months.

This letter is simply to say “thank you” for welcoming me so warmly 20 years ago and for your support of the station and me all of these years. I am so proud, as I depart, to leave an incredible leadership team here. They too believe in using the station’s voice to make a difference. Please continue to support them.

God Bless!