When Jane Aldrich was young, she and her family would drive from Ann Arbor, Mich., her home town, up north every summer. She recalled that on her annual drive, she would see the TV 6 station from the highway. And although no one could have ever guessed that this young girl knew she would someday work there, Aldrich said that a higher power always gave her the sense that it would
And after years of being the face of mid-Michigan, Jane Aldrich, anchor at WLNS 6 News is dropping the mic. Aldrich, who has been with WLNS for 31 years, announced in October that she would be retiring in January. While she is most known for her work in the community and many achievements in local journalism, Aldrich started out like many other young aspiring women — by working hard and getting as much experience as possible.
Beginning at Alma College as an intern at a radio station, Aldrich had big dreams of getting into television broadcasting. With her limited experience, she moved to East Lansing to pursue her dream, only to be shot down by a former general manager at TV 6, at the time, WJIM.
“I got an interview and he said he would offer me a sales position selling AM radio,” said Aldrich. “I asked if there was potential for me to move into television and he said that he just didn’t think I had what it takes to make that transition from radio to television.” Aldrich was devastated. After about a week, she realized that it wasn’t up to him to decide her future.
“I said to myself, ‘wait a minute, whose life is this anyway?’” she said. After that, she hit the pavement working multiple jobs, taking classes at Lansing Community College in television production and working at multiple part and full time jobs, including radio.
“I think you can learn something valuable from any job you have,” she said, acknowledging her faith as a large piece of what kept her going.
On Oct. 14, 1985, Aldrich began as an anchor and reporter at WLNS 6 News and never looked back. She has anchored the noon, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. shows, won numerous awards and began her franchise, “Tell Me Something Good,” a show that reports interesting and uplifting local news, among many other great community works.
As she approaches retirement, Aldrich admits that she doesn’t have all the details of what she’ll be up to, but she feels that it is time for her. She plans to continue her keynote speaking, dive into more life celebratory work (officiating weddings and funerals), writing a book, which she is in the process of completing and is developing a website for people to contact her through, janealdrich.com.
“I hope that I have been of service to the community and the station,” Aldrich said. “It’s been my honor to represent mid-Michigan. I couldn’t have done it without my wonderful coworkers, management, my family and friends and my faith in God.”