2013-11-16 09:59:50 UTC
Just read in the Washington Post obits of the recent cancer hospice death of Stacey Binn Williams, 61, who I knew as Stacey Binn. She died Friday, November 1st in Virginia. (I learned this while doing a routine search of her name to see if she was still on the air somewhere.)
Stacey trained me in December 1982 for my first paying job in radio (meaning my first gig that mattered in the medium), as a Metro Traffic Control reporter in Los Angeles. I regularly worked under her anchorship during the summers of 1983 and 1984, when she and I comprised a weekend team for the summer beach activity.
I always looked up to Binn, no matter how tough she was on me, and for that I'm grateful. I was surprised and delighted to hear a staged Binn report for Metro as a part of some late-80s feature film I was watching last year on cable. I hope she was paid handsomely for the bit; I'm sure Metro was.