Mary Jo Powell is new to the airwaves at WGMD, but she is not new to radio.
Mary Jo "MJ" Powell is an award-winning major market news anchor and specializes in freelance anchoring, reporting, talk and voice over work. Her work includes both radio and television in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC - including working as a field reporter for Sirius's Real Estate Today Radio where she produced long-form segments for a weekly show hosted by Gill Gross, a news anchor at WTOP in Washington, a TV talk show host at WPSJ and Garden State Cable where she hosted shows focusing on legal issues and another on medical issues.
Some Q & A with MJ, who also is not a newcomer to Delaware. "My wonderful husband, Nick, and I moved to Lewes 8 years ago and have loved every minute of it. What an awesome place — super friendly, genuine people and ever evolving environment. We thought we were escaping traffic of big city DC and have to laugh a bit, now that sprawl and the Presidential contingent have followed us here."
Pets? "We have two highly spirited Ragdoll cats, who generously share “their” house with us. Can’t figure out, for the life of us, how we ended up with two entirely spoiled felines. Must be the breed. Maximilian (Max) and Liesl (remember the beautiful big sister in the Sound of Music?) are total love bugs, and kind of dog-like, truth be told.
They greet us at the door and follow us everywhere…and I do mean everywhere. A little privacy while in the “loo”, please. And, did I mention they’re mouthy? Wonder where they got that from?"
Hobbies? In her spare time, MJ is "hooked on stand up paddle boarding (sup) and got a wet suit, so I can do it all winter, usually Lewes beach, Rehoboth Bay. Love to ski, ice skate, bicycle and beach it. Little gardening and baking — bit of a duffer at both, but, so fun."
How did you find WGMD? "An alluring ad placed in the Cape Gazette reeled me in. I figured I talk all the time anyway, am addicted to news and politics and, hey, it’s just like sitting around our dinner table on any given night. Let’s give it a go…"
MJ is also a Corporate Communications Consultant and has worked with clients that include the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors and the Washington DC Association of Realtors.
She earned a BFA in acting from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts in New York City and has a Masters of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. She was also awarded Outstanding Newscast by Associated Press while at WTOP Radio.