YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The death of Don Guthrie affected everyone in Youngstown’s broadcasting community. Many compete against each other, but it is times like these when everyone can come together.
WFMJ anchor Bob Black worked with Don on WKBN’s noon news for 17 years, before Black moved on. He remembers a lot of laughs on that news set and say working with Don was easy.
“The thing I remember about Don is how effortlessly he presented the weather. It was second nature to him, much like his radio delivery. It was second nature to him. Cool, calm and collected,” Black said.
Ron Verb of WKBN radio called Don a friend and colleague for 30 years. He dedicated much of his radio show Monday to Don.
Verb shared his personal memories and even asked callers their thoughts on Don’s courageous battle with cancer. He says he’ll always remember Don for his sense of humor and his passion for the job he loved.
“He had a way of relating to every person that was watching him in this community. He was part of this community because he was a humble man,” Verb said. “He was fortunate to find a job that he loved so much in a community that he loved so much. This was his home. These were his friends and neighbors and he was happy to serve as their weatherman. I think all of us are going to miss him.”
Verb went on to say he has never seen the community pull together like they did for Don. He loved seeing everyone wear purple and even put up signs on telephone poles saying, “Pray for Don Guthrie.”