Live at Five called it a year. Steve Vogelsang called it a career.
Live at Five, the weekly newscast produced by Broadcast Journalism students in Red River College’s Creative Communications department, ended its season with a wine and cheese event in the Dinning Hall at the Roblin Campus.
However, this was no ordinary wrap party.
With the music from a three-piece jazz band, and speeches from RRC President Stephanie Forsyth and Global Winnipeg co-anchor Shannon Martin, the event also served as RRC’s official goodbye to CreComm journalism instructor Steve Vogelsang. Vogelsang ‘s nine-year stint at RRC is coming to an end. He’s resigning at the end of the school year to embark on the next chapter of his life in Nelson, BC with his wife Laura.
The event brought together both CreComms past and present, all wanting to thank Vogelsang for his tutelage, and to wish him good luck with his future endeavors.
Martin, who told the crowd of approximately 200 that she promised herself she “wouldn’t cry,” called Vogelsang “instrumental” in her development as an on-air personality. “Steve’s been there almost every step of the way. Whether it was to tell me ‘good job,’ or to tell me I looked good in red. He’s always been in my corner.”
As Vogelsang took the podium, a hush took over the audience before he jokingly announced that he’d “keep this short; I’ve never been much of a public speaker,” eliciting a barrage of laughs from the crowd.
For those sadden by his departure, Vogelsang offered some parting words of advice and encouragement. “This isn’t a sad occasion at all tonight. Let’s be very clear on this. This isn’t goodbye. It might be see ya later, but it’s not goodbye. In fact, really, we are saying hello to each other again.”