“We wish Mark all the best in his retirement,” WFMJ general manager Jack Grdic said in a statement. “He’s truly ‘The Dean’ of Northeast Ohio weather and he has been a terrific colleague.” Koontz said he will sign off after a 40 year career tomorrow. He spent ten years at WFMJ, five of those as chief meteorologist.
The station also announced Eric Wilhelm (pictured right) will replace Koontz as chief meteorologist. Wilhelm, who came to WFMJ in October said, “I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to succeed a truly extraordinary meteorologist and broadcaster as Mark Koontz.”
WFMJ also added Jess Briganti (pictured left) as the station’s morning meteorologist. Briganti had been filling in on the show after Mark Monstrola left in September.
“Jess the perfect addition to WFMJ Today,” said Grdic. “She has an energy that is contagious and she is a pleasure to watch.”