I didn't get to see him, but John Fortney
was in the area this week, addressing the Belpre Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.
That was a natural, since John
lived in Belpre while he
even maintained his
residence there, for about a year after he
signed on with Ohio News Network in 1996.
I was a bit amused by a comment he
made when addressing the Chamber Thursday night.
"Thanks for watching me even when I was really bad", he
said of his
years on WTAP
, that had to be an after-dinner one-liner.
If you were really as bad as you say, then the rest of us have no business being in television.
I remember when John
was trying to get an on-air job here, as a part-time weathercaster.
When I happened to see his
audition tape one day, my first thought was "wow" (or at least words to that effect).
could do it all.
I remember the week he
filled in for Jim Wharton doing sports.
At 11:00, he
finished the weather segment, and, after a commercial break, he
was reading the ball scores.
I did that for many years on the weekend news, but not nearly as well.
stays long enough at WBNS-TV, his
current home, he
could eventually be a main anchor.
But I have a feeling he
has other ambitions.
kept one foot in at ONN, hosting its "Meet The Press
"-style Sunday political show.
And he's also been the political reporter at WBNS this election year, covering everything from the presidential race (including interviewing the candidates) to the Marc Dann Attorney General sex scandal.
That could end up being his