Engineering Spotlight: Gary Williams (WLNS/WLAJ-TV)
Gary Williams is an engineer for WLNS-TV and WLAJ-TV in Lansing. Gary was formerly Chief Engineer for WLAJ-TV, prior to the station entering into a shared-services agreement with WLNS-TV in 2013.
Q: Please share with us a brief engineering resume.
Gary: I started at (the original) WWJ-TV (Detroit) as a vacation relief engineer back in 1967, while attending Michigan Tech. I worked my way up to engineering management (and was the highest ranking person to survive the transition of WWJ-TV to WDIV-TV).
After 17 years at WDIV-TV (WDIV-TV VP/Chief Engineer Marcus Williams, “my brother,” was going to be at the station forever), I moved into corporate video for 17 years for companies including
GM, Chrysler, VW, and more).
I then moved back to broadcasting, spending three years as Chief Engineer at WSYM-TV (Lansing). When Journal bought WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, I became Chief there along with WACY-TV, also in Green Bay.
After three years in Green Bay, I moved back to Lansing as Chief Engineer at WLAJ-TV.
When I started in engineering, I made system engineering a priority. I figured, every manufacturer had a manual for their specific equipment, but nobody had information on how to get box A talking to box B.
Q: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know:
Gary: I still ride my unicycle occasionally, but never thought I’d occasionally be leading singing at church.