Edwin Buggage Editor-in-Chief
The Crescent City is mourning the loss of two great voices in media. Longtime radio personality C.J. Morgan and Fox 8 Anchor, Nancy Parker recently passed away.
Both were loved by many and will be missed. Data News Weekly spoke with some of their colleagues who spoke about their lives and legacy.
Nicondra Norwood, is a meteorologist at Fox 8 and worked with Nancy Parker for many years and both were also members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
“Nancy was the most loving and nurturing person; she was generous to a fault with her time and care. Her family was her life and it kills me to speak about her in the past tense. She brought light to everything and even on her worst day you wouldn’t know it.”
Continuing she says, “We as a station are devastated. Personally, I watched Nancy as a high school student when she worked in Baton Rouge and got such a thrill when I had the chance to meet her. It was a privilege to work with someone I’d looked to as a professional role model when I started at Fox 8. Her amazing genuine nature took me in as a friend, inviting me to her home and to spend time with her family. She also became a role model as a wife and mother and I’m so grateful to have known her and to carry her love and advice with me always.”
One of Nancy Parker’s other colleagues that’s mourning her loss and was visibly shaken on air is Health Educator Dr. Eric Griggs.
“Yes…Nancy Parker was a beautiful spirit…. that favorite relative that could always make you smile. She was a quintessential professional, mother and friend. She’s a part of the heart and spirit of New Orleans and of anyone that came in contact with her. She will be dearly missed but the legacy of her spirit will remain. We are praying for her husband, children, and family.”
LeBron Joseph is a media veteran from both radio and television, who knew both C.J. Morgan and Nancy Parker. He is presently co-host of News with A Twist on WGNO TV26.
“CJ Morgan ushered in a new age of radio in the early 90’s and, along with Monica Pierre went on to become one of the highest rated morning shows in the country. He was always prepared and solid on-air and led our team of broadcasters for 16 years. He was quite possibly the most listened to local air talent in the history of Black Radio in NOLA.”
Speaking on the passing of Nancy Parker he says, “The tributes coming from around the country for Nancy Parker speak to the fact that she was the total package. A great human being, loving wife, wonderful mom, and an excellent journalist; she had the smarts, in addition to being kind, hard-working, and all around beautiful. To be taken in her prime is gut-wrenching for all of us.”