YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The WKBN First News family bids farewell Wednesday to our long-time colleague Amy Radinovic.
During her 25-year career in broadcasting, Amy has covered many stories in the Valley and now, on her last day on the air, we have the story of her stellar career as a journalist to tell.
Amy spent many years working at our sister station WYTV where she reported and then co-anchored the morning show alongside Len Rome for nearly eight years. Jim Loboy joined the team shortly after.
“You know, we could finish each other sentences.” Rome said.
Amy later joined Jeff Levkulich on the anchor desk at WKBN where they built a dynamic morning team and friendship.
“One of the things I remember about Amy is on Tuesdays we used to look at the Rulli Brothers ads and see what the deals were going to be. I’ve known Amy for a long time, but I never really knew Amy until I shared the anchor desk with her. She’s a caring, compassionate person who cares about everybody. She is just generous and she gives. I know you are going to do great at your next endeavor,” Levkulich said.
Damon Maloney took the seat next to Amy on WKBN First News This Morning a few years later. He said their professional relationship soon turned into a friendship.
“You’ve made a huge impact on the Valley and the newsrooms there at WKBN and WYTV. I’m lucky enough to call you a friend and had the opportunity to share the anchor desk with you for about two years. We had a lot fun doing it. You are going to do great in your new adventure. I am wishing you all the best,” Maloney said.
Reporter Gerry Riccuitti has worked with Amy for over 20 years. Not only did they hit the streets together covering news in the Valley, they shared a commitment to family-both raising families and building their careers.
“Our kids grew up together. They are roughly the same age. It is good to see that she is able to move on and take this job. We will miss her here. She was a great asset to both 27 and 33,” Ricciutti said.
Amy poured her heart and soul into covering news in the Valley. She connected with people and came out with stories that touched at the very heart of the human condition and related with interviewees in a way that all journalist aspire to do. We wish her well as she heads into the next chapter of her career at the Educational Service Center of Mahoning County.