Here's the word Ed Esposito sent to station staff, and forwarded to me: I'm excited to announced Mark Williamson will be joining the RCRG news family; many of you may have spotted Mark working in the newsroom last week or heard him as a participant on the WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show (we'll try to forget the performance on Supreme's Trivia last Friday) and you'll be seeing and hearing much more of Mark as he gets up to speed on our news digital production systems and starts dipping his toes with newscasts starting later this week.
We're very fortunate to have someone of Mark's character and caliber join our team; while many identify Mark as the City's spokesman for more than 15 years, long-time Akron residents remember Mark as the primary anchor and News Director of WAKC-TV and a valued member of the news department at a time when WAKR, WAEZ (WONE) and WAKC were co-owned and operated. There are few with a better Rolodex, network of relationships and institutional knowledge of how Akron works than Mark.
Mark is joining us on a part-time basis to start as we look for a news anchor/reporter with the departure of Lindsay McCoy, who has accepted a position as a multimedia journalist with WFMJ-TV in Youngstown. Lindsay's final day as a colleague will be this Friday, August 17 but we can all look forward to many more years as a friend and fellow journalist.
In many respects, this was Lindsay's "three-peat" with RCRG; Lindsay began walking the broadcast journalism path with us as an intern very early in her Kent State University academic years; she worked with us part-time and full-time as a reporter, anchor, web video anchor and producer, and now most recently as morning anchor on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Her experience as the Cuyahoga Falls editor at Patch.com helps round out her considerable digital as well as broadcast story telling abilities, and WFMJ is getting a strong, professional journalist. We wish her the best.