A big announcement was made Tuesday by one of our own. After 44 years in Quad City broadcasting, KWQC-TV6 Sports Director Thom Cornelis says he's ready to retire. The Moline native has quite a fan base and has made a big impact on the community over the years. He graduated from Alleman high school in 1966, went on to graduate from Western Illinois University in 1971, where he is still involved in athletics and alumni activities. He was a TV reporter, news anchor, sports anchor and even a weatherman at another Quad City station before settling into his niche at KWQC-TV6 on Sept. 16, 1984.
Thom has seen plenty of changes over the years including the growth of the Quad Cities pro golf tournament; the Bix road race and in technology. Thom started his career using silent film. Today, he shoots in HD digital video. One thing that will never change is Thom's love of the game and the people he's encountered over the years. He made friends with many celebrities like pro golfer, Fuzzy Zoeller, and Tonight Show sidekick, the late, Ed McMahon. Those relationships began during the Quad Cities Open, now called the John Deere Classic.
Thom and his wife, Marcia, raised four children and now enjoy five grandchildren, all while accommodating the erratic sports schedule, which is why Thom always says, "sports has no time clock." That may also be why Thom says he plans to retire, but doesn't plan to quit. He'll end his day-to-day sports anchoring on September 16, 2014, but will continue to cover special events.