The family of WKBN founder Warren P. Williamson, Jr., visit the studio to learn about and learn about their legacy
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – On Friday, after a re-opening ceremony to rename a center in Youngstown after the grandson of the man who founded WKBN, a bus full of his family visited WKBN’s studio to en learn more about our long and rich history in the Mahoning Valley.
Warren P. Williamson, Jr., whom everyone on Friday’s tour affectionately referred to as “The Boss,” founded WKBN in 1926 as a radio station. The WKBN building that still houses our operations today was built in 1952. Television was broadcast in 1953.
Thirty members and four generations of the Williamson-Stewart family came for the tour.
Warren’s granddaughter, Lynn Williamson, explained the mural in the lobby that traces the history of communications. It has been around since the building was constructed, but not everything was the same.
“I sold television advertising. I only sold one station, not three, so it’s very different, ”said Lynn.
JD Williamson is Warren’s son. He was surprised to find his uncle’s old storage trunk among our memories. JD also worked once at WKBN. He now lives in California.
“Well, I’m so proud of my dad and brother and the family heritage here – YSU Business School and the Mahoning Valley Historical Society with the new Stewart Media archives,” JD said.
During the studio tour, Warren’s great-great-grandson got the weather forecast while his great-grandchildren tried to be the anchors.
Quin Swartz lives in Kansas City.
“It’s so fascinating to me now about my family history. I hadn’t realized how important this was, but this trip really helped me, and visiting here obviously is. They’ve come a long way and it’s really cool to see and know that you’re indirectly a part of them, ”Swartz said.
Julia Williamson lives in Seattle.
“It was really cool. I’ve heard so much about it by the way. I’ve never even been to Youngstown before, so seeing it with my own eyes and seeing the stories connect in person with, for example, a picture is really cool, ”said Julia.
The visit lasted about an hour and a half. Most of the family seemed to find it interesting. It was a chance for the older generation to remember as the teens could put pictures on the business that is so much a part of their family and Youngstown’s history.