It turns out WPMI had their morning anchor replacement for Pat Greenwood in house all along.

The NBC affiliate has announced that longtime reporter Darwin Singleton will join Kelly Jones on the morning anchors’ desk beginning Aug. 1. He’ll replace Pat Greenwood, who after 16 years with the station took a position as director of multi-media/corporate sales for Jaguar Sports Properties at the University of South Alabama.

Darwin Singleton will bring 26 years of covering Mobile to WPMI’s morning anchors’ desk Aug. 1.

Darwin Singleton will bring 26 years of covering Mobile to WPMI’s morning anchors’ desk Aug. 1.

“It was important for us to find a great fit for the mornings,” said Local15 News Director Bob Noonan. “He has Mobile ties and a thirst for Mobile. He was right under our noses.”

Singleton has been worked in the Mobile market for 26 years now, and at Local15 since 1999. He says the move to the morning anchors’ desk is one that excites him as a new chapter in his career.

“I went after it. I wanted the position,” he said. “I am excited and working with Kelly will be fun. I feel like I know the community and they know me after 26 years.”

Singleton’s journalism career started 30 years ago in Kentucky, and he landed at WKRG in 1987, where he quickly became one of the market’s best-known reporters. Features such as “Where’s Darwin” became local favorites and have made him a household name in the Mobile area.

Though he’s often focused on more feature reporting, Singleton has also proven his chops over the years as a hard news reporter. He says the move to mornings won’t take him off the streets completely.

“What I’ll probably do is put out some lifestyle pieces and explore places I haven’t been in a long time,” he said.

During July Singleton is already working as a reporter on the morning show and will take over when Greenwood leaves at the end of the month. Singleton said one thing he’s very happy about is that unlike many such transitions, everyone is happy and moving on to something they really want to do.

“Pat is excited about his new position. It won’t be awkward, but a happy and pleasant sendoff,” he said.

Master of plants and media

I’ve been remiss in mentioning local gardening guru Bill Finch’s inclusion in the pages of Mobile Bay Magazine.

Finch, who has previously served as environmental editor for the Press-Register, and has written about all things green for the daily-turned-thrice-weekly for many years, expanded the touch of his green thumb into MBM beginning in June.

“They’ve been great,” Finch said. “My first was in June and it was exciting having so many great stories in there. This month I’m writing about July nights, really what it’s like here on the Gulf Coast. We’re not just a suburb of Birmingham and they get that.”

In addition to writing for the P-R and MBM, Finch has a successful radio show running Sundays from 9 – 11 a.m. on FMTALK 106.5. But he doesn’t stop there. He and John Nodar also do a noon segment every Friday on WKRG-TV that addresses gardening issues, and it’s something Finch says has really taken off.

Probably won’t be long before he’s dominating the web and billboards as well.