You might know him as a a meteorologist. You might know him as a feature reporter covering local events and businesses. You might know him as both. Regardless of how you know him, he will be missed.
Josh is exactly the person you see on-air. That’s not always the case in the TV business, but it definitely is with Josh. You see his bright, bubbly personality on television, and that’s the way he is when the red light on the camera goes off.
I often joked with him off camera that he is every ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. When something “less than optimal” came his way, he found a way to make it positive. That thing that would make most of us say “I really have to do this?” became “This is a great learning experience” to him. He always found a way to make put a bright spin on a bad situation…or at least try to bend it positive.
While his positive bias has served him well, Josh is also a very good meteorologist. When I say very good meteorologist, I mean it. An Ohio Valley forecast is always a challenge. When my shifts followed his, I rarely made changes. He would often say – either through notes or in person – that his confidence in certain weather situations wasn’t high; despite what he says, his forecast is ahead of the curve. He takes the time to look through lots of model data and make reasonable decisions that made the most sense. Where I struggle in pattern recognition and specifics, he excels. When my confidence to break away from computer guidance is weak, his is strong. When I bend away from guidance, he bends more. His confidence makes me more confident. He did this without bragging or boasting; he did it without even knowing it.
Josh is moving to WJLA in Washington D.C., closer to his hometown. As a guy who works in his hometown, there is no place like home, and it’s great to be home. I am happy for him because he will use his talents to the fullest there. WJLA is a station I respect and many in D.C. respect, and they are adding a great meteorologist to their team. His problem solving and critical thinking skills are top notch, and he will be a great asset to WJLA.
I hope you join Josh one last time on Good Morning Cincinnati from 8am to 9am and from 11am to 12pm.