WFMJ’s Mark Koontz Will Be Back

After suffering a stroke during one of his weekend weather segments in March, NBC affiliate WFMJ/21 Youngstown meteorologist Mark Koontz will be back on the air this Saturday evening.

The Youngstown Vindicator reports that Koontz got hugs and handshakes from WFMJ co-workers, when he returned to visit the station on Tuesday. Koontz had trouble coming up with the right words when he had the stroke on March 17th, and needed help from weekend anchor Jennifer Baligush to finish his weather report. Koontz was then quickly whisked to a Youngstown hospital, and then lifeflighted to Cleveland later that evening.

He tells the Vindicator’s Guy D’Astoflo that he’s very thankful for the support shown by viewers, and that his doctor is prescribing less stress and a better diet for his recovery. He says health-wise, he’s “90 percent back”.

Cleveland area TV viewers over a certain age (including, umm, us) remember Koontz for his long-time stint as Dick Goddard’s backup at then-CBS affiliate WJW/8…

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