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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Jennifer Blome crossed the finish line of a spectacular, 34-year career in broadcasting Friday morning with aplomb and the same glow that made millions of St. Louisans fall in love with her in the first place.

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After a final reunion with Art Holliday in the last half hour of Today in St. Louis, dozens of Jennifer's co-workers flooded into the studio, bringing cake, cards, well-wishes and gratitude for a woman who brought a near ceaseless joy to the station.

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But before signing off for the last time, Jennifer delivered a farewell message to viewers. We've posted it below in its entirety:

After reading your lovely emails this week, I realize what an important part of your morning routine we are. Thank you for having us into your home for 34 years.

'Today in St. Louis' will still be here for us all with Pat McGonigle at the helm, and a great crew working with him, including the behind-the-scenes people you never see. Without them, this program would never make it on air.

So yes, you are saying goodbye to me here in this TV set in your home, but I am ready to leave this studio to join you out there in the world. I hope to see you at the grocery store, the car wash, animal events, and restaurants after 5 o'clock at night.

So my friends, we say goodbye--for now--and I hope to see you soon in person to say, "Hello."

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