After 19 years in the local news business, including the last eleven at WZZM-13, Morning Anchor Derek Francis is leaving to join a well-known public relations firm in Grand Rapids.

His last day was today.

Among those wishing him well were Free Beer, Hot Wings and Eric Zane of "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show," which broadcasts from the studios of 97.9 WGRD.

Here's more of Francis' sendoff from this morning.