Marcia Yockey

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This is a photo of Marcia doing what she loved best – being a bit wacky in public. She is driving a float in a parade in mid-1966 in Newburgh, Indiana.

Marcia Yockey was a local weather caster in Evansville, Indiana. She debuted on WFIE Channel 14 in 1953, after 10 years of working for the National Weather Service.

Over the course of her 35-year career, she bounced around from WFIE Channel 14 and WTVW Channel 7 before finally retiring in 1988.[1] She quit one station because she didn't like a new theme song they picked. Another time she gave notice when her bosses cancelled her annual July 4 televised swim after the forecast.

Channel 14 newscaster Mike Blake recalled the veteran weather-woman's habit of going beyond her allotted time. Blake, becoming impatient from the sidelines asked for Yockey to hurry it up. Yockey, in full view and hearing of the television audience, responded with "Keep it up, Sports, and you'll never get on."[2]

A resident of Newburgh, she reached star status for her forecasting skill, irreverent attitude, and colourful personality. She died in 2000 at the age of 77 after suffering for several years from Alzheimer's Disease.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The History of WFIE-TV". The Evansville Boneyard. John Baburnich. Archived from the original on 27 Nov 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Blake once sought big markets, but found a home in Evansville". Evansville Courier & Press. February 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-21.