Today we welcomed Jay Capron (as in "apron") to the stations as our new full-time newsman. Jay replaces Jeff Lockridge, who was handling news on an interim basis since Mike Haensel left the station in June.
Jay is from Lockport, and has previously worked in Iowa. Despite both of those facts, we're thrilled to have him.
He's been here since Wednesday, observing, getting the lay of the land, etc. His first newscast was Thursday afternoon, and this morning was his first "full" day at the helm.
I made sure to give him the required amount of ribbing on the air, and he played off of it well, and is looking forward to some nyuk-nyuks on the air.
It'll be interesting to see how long he keeps wearing ties to work. The creepy thing is, he doesn't wear a shirt with the tie. Bare chested, and a necktie.
But, seriously folks, after showing up on his first day in a sporty dress shirt and tie, compared to the shorts and t-shirt ensemble from Schramm and myself, I expected Jay to low-key it the rest of the week. No sale. Dress shirt and tie again this morning. Jay called it his "Tony Soprano look".
When I walked in this morning, I thought he was a hit man.
I give it two weeks. Then he needs to tone it down a bit. Really. He's making us look bad.
All kidding aside, we're really glad to have Jay onboard. I need to remember to ask him if his middle name starts with a "D". Then he'd be known as J(ay) D. "K"pron.
At the very least, he's a shoo-in to be called W-C-S-Jay.
And, of course, the new guy buys the morning host breakfast every day for the next month.
Right after he's finished washing my car.