Randy Swan joins Waypoint Media as Regional News Director
Hattiesburg, MS: WHPM-TV announces the addition of Randy Swan to its growing group of broadcast television stations.
With more than four decades of broadcast media and journalism excellence to his credit, Randy has decided to step out of retirement and take on the role of Regional News Director for Waypoint Media’s broadcast television properties.
“The opportunity for us to add Randy’s professionalism, fairness and integrity to our company’s news brands reinforces the commitment we’ve made to our communities and to the people we are dedicated to serving,” stated Jon Pollard, WHPM-TV’s General Manager. “Respected by his peers, viewers, leaders and by those he has mentored, Randy is a tremendous asset to this community and we’re proud to have him join our team.”
Mostly recognized for his years behind the desk at WDAM-TV, serving as News Director and 6pm Anchor until his retirement in February 2015, Randy is known as a trustworthy news staple in and around the communities of the Pine Belt.
"Retirement is not what it's cracked up to be," said Swan. "I really miss the business. I appreciate Jon and Fox 23 giving me the chance to get back into the news business. I'm really looking forward to working with a Mississippi company that still cares about and is involved in the local community. Everywhere I go people are asking me to get back into the business so I'm taking their advice. People who know me know that I love Mississippi and the people who call it home. I am excited to once again share stories with the people of our state."
Born and raised in South Mississippi, Randy spent his entire life in Hattiesburg with the exception of five years as News Director, Anchor, and Station Manager for WABG in Greenville, Mississippi. A graduate of Hattiesburg High School and the University of Southern Mississippi, he has received numerous honors including being inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi’s Journalism Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Mississippi Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007. Some of his most memorable interviews include former Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Gerald Ford. Upon his retirement in 2015, he was recognized by the Mississippi State Legislature for his years of service to his community and his state. He is a board member of The Extra Table, Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, the Hattiesburg Concert Association, and is called on as a favorite voice to host major events for South Mississippi. He continues to be involved in numerous community organizations and events including the fight against heart disease and cancer as a heart survivor himself and now as a cancer survivor.
Randy is the father of four, two sons, Kyle and Kevin and two daughters, Ivey and Zoey. He also has 3 grandchildren Dillion, Gavin and Luna. Randy has been married to Millie Swan for 28 years.
FOX 23 broadcasts on channel 23.1 and airs on cable and satellite systems, covering eight counties in the area. They operate as Hattiesburg's only locally owned and operated TV station, carrying Fox programming as well as popular syndicated television shows.