To paraphrase the inscription at the James Farley Post Office in Manhattan, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays the courier from the swift completion of his appointed rounds.”
For Craig Allen, his “appointed rounds” have meant giving listeners the most accurate weather forecast, regardless of the elements.
This April, the legendary Allen marks 30 years as WCBS 880 chief meteorologist, and today FishbowlNY has learned that Allen will remain with his beloved WCBS-AM for several more years.
His contract extension has been finalized, giving Allen another three years at Newsradio 880.
“I’m so proud the relationship will continue. 880 is family. We have been together for 30 years,” Allen tells FishbowlNY. “No other radio station here in the east has had their own exclusive meteorologist for three decades.”
As part of the agreement, Allen can maintain his fill-in work for Fox 5/WNYW and News 12 Long Island, as long as it doesn’t interfere with his radio work, especially during dangerous storms.
Of course, this winter as the snow and ice storms popped up, seemingly twice a week, Allen was there throughout to guide his listeners.
As a major presence, when Allen speaks, he brings a calm demeanor and gravitas to the situation.
“I really do live, eat, and bleed weather and 880,” Allen says. “This winter has certainly proven that!”
Signing a new deal gives Allen pause, remembering how it all started at WCBS.
“I got the call to audition in studio with Jim Donnelly and Lou Adler [morning anchors],” Allen recalls. “I think I could have filled a bucket with sweat in just those 10 minutes, but I will never forget Jim Donnelly saying, ‘I think the kid is ok,’ with a wink and a gleam in his eye and a hint of a smile. I will never forget the words or his face at that moment. As they say, the rest is history.”
Luckily, we’ve been fortunate to take part in the “history” lesson for many years.