Flashback Fridays involve former employees returning to 7News for guest appearances, doing their old jobs.
The first one was Stacy Rich, former morning news anchor, who graciously agreed to set her alarm clock for 2:45 a.m. for one more time.
Stacy started at the station in 2005 and left in 2011.
These days, she’s director of marketing at Crittenton Services, and is a wife and mother of two.
But she enjoyed her one-day flashback in the studio.
“It was a lot of fun,” she said. “In a lot of ways, I feel like I was just here yesterday.”
Stacy’s oldest daughter, Gia, age eight, was used to seeing her mom on TV.
But three-year-old Gracie never had that experience.
“And she could not understand why she was waving at the television and I would not wave back,” Stacy said. “She wanted me to say hello to her.”
Stacy jokes that young Gracie might not exist if she hadn’t left the early morning news job.
“It was difficult but we made it work,” she said. “My husband was wonderful and very helpful with our first daughter. However, he did say that if I stayed on that shift, there wouldn’t be any more kids!”
Speaking of her husband, Tim Bishop is now the mayor of Bethlehem.
Oddly enough, during her flashback anchoring, she had to read a story about him!
“I mean, what are the odds that there was a story in this morning’s newscast about the Village of Bethlehem, and I’m the one who read it!” she said. “I had to say ‘Tim Bishop, the mayor of Bethlehem,’ which was kind of comical.”
Now with Crittenton Services, Stacy has gone from one job she loved to another.
“It’s been a joy to be a part of that bigger picture,” she said of her work at Crittenton. “It’s really easy for me to talk about because I really believe in it.”