Friday, January 13, 2012

Directing For Decades: HD Transition means veteran FOX 28 employee will wear a new hat

5...4...3...2...1... You're Live!

24 years ago Lawrence Jackson walked into WSJV for his first day on the job.  He's been floor directing ever since, during FOX 28 News at 10.

Friday LJ directed his last Standard Definition show from the floor of the FOX 28 Studio.  "It's bittersweet," he said during a commercial break.  "It's something different."

LJ has seen a lot of changes in his two-plus decades of service to the company.  He's watched different sets come up and come down.  He's watched on-air folks come and go.  But if the news was on at 10, Lawrence was there.  Sick days?  Forget about it!  Lawrence has taken two sick days in all that time.  That's less than one sick day per decade.  "I enjoy it," he says.  "I don't think about the paycheck." 

FOX 28 News Anchor Traci Capellman started at WSJV 15 years ago.  LJ has been on the floor directing for nearly every show Traci has anchored.  "You just don't find people like Lawrence very often," Traci says. 

Lawrence says one of the most rewarding parts of his job is getting to tell people where he works.  When he says, "FOX 28" ... the most common question he gets is, "What's John Fischer like?"

LJ says John has the same sense of humor in person. 

Lawrence isn't going anywhere.  He just won't have the exact same job now that technology has produced robotic cameras.  We're glad he'll still be here... directing us in one way or another. 

We're all better for it!

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