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WGNO Adds Meteorologist for Evening News

spencer wgno croppedMartha Spencer is set to join Tribune-owned New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO.

Spencer will be the meteorologist for the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts starting February 2.

She comes from WBTW-WFXB in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and has also worked at WTVY in Dothan, Ala. and WJHG in Panama City, Fla.

Rick Erbach, news director at WGNO said,“Living in the Southeast, Martha has had plenty of experiences with tropical weather, severe weather, and flooding. She’s a serious student of weather forecasting.”

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WTNH Meteorologist Leaves Station

Erika Martin told viewers goodbye on the WTNH Friday night 6:00 p.m. news.

Friday on her facebook page, she said, in part, “Well CT, this is it…My very last forecast for News 8!!!” She added, “I am going to follow my dreams and grow as a meteorologist. I’ll be posting my new station and new opportunities in the upcoming days.”

The Hartford Courant reports “There had been rumors for weeks that  she was leaving the station but she had declined to comment. No word on who her replacement will be yet.”

Martin had worked at the Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate since 2012.

Cheryl Scott Joins WLS

scott wls croppedCheryl Scott has joined Chicago ABC owned station WLS as meteorologist.

Scott will work alongside current WLS meteorologists Jerry Taft, Tracy Butler, Mike Caplan and Phil Schwarz as a fill-in on various newscasts.

“I’m excited to join ABC 7 Eyewitness News and their respected and dedicated weather team,” said Scott. “I am truly thankful for the opportunity to continue my career in Chicago, a city I have come to know and love, and now call home!”

The news was first reported by Robert Feder. Scott started as the morning and evening weekend meteorologist at Chicago NBC owned station WMAQ in September 2011.

Heidi Waggoner Leaving California for Arkansas

Meteorologist Heidi Waggoner is leaving Nexstar’s KSEE in Fresno, Calif. for the station group’s Fayetteville, Ark. NBC affiliate KNWA.

The Fresno Bee reports she’s moving closer to her family. KNWA news director Brook Thomas told TVSpy, Waggoner starts Monday, December 15.

Traffic reporter Robb Johnson tweeted a goodbye to Waggoner.

Waggoner is a Texas native and started her career at KTEN in Denison, Tex. She has also worked at KAMC in Lubbock, KTAB in Abilene and KLST in San Angelo.

Survey Finds Local TV Meteorologists Third Most Trusted Weather Source

TheVaneWeatherSurveyGawker released the results of a survey asking readers to say where they get their weather information.

Out of 4,873 readers who responded to the survey, when asked, “Which media outlet do you use most often to check your local forecast?” only 9 percent said they watched local news.

When asked to rate which media outlet they trusted most, responders gave the National Weather Service the high score of 8 out of 10. Local news meteorologists tied with Accuweather for third place with an average rating of 6.6 out of possible 10.

TV showed its strength in times of severe weather, though. When asked what they do immediately after hearing a tornado warning, 27 percent said they check radar, followed closely by the 26 percent who said they turned on the news.

Dog Jumps Into Miami Meteorologist’s Weathercast

Miami NBC owned station WTVJ describes King as “a one-year-old American Bulldog.”

King, who was on set for an adoption segment, either really likes meteorology or was angling for an early adoption. He hopped on the desk while meteorologist Ryan Phillips was doing his Saturday morning forecast.

Phillips told viewers he had some steak treats in his jacket pocket. So maybe King was just hungry.

Lawrence Karnow Reportedly Out at KPIX

karnow kpix croppedMeteorologist Lawrence Karnow no longer works at San Francisco CBS owned station KPIX.

San Francisco Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman reports Karnow was a victim of budget cuts at the station. His bio is no longer up on the station website.

Karnow started at KPIX in July 1997. Before coming to KPIX he was the morning weather anchor at KSBW in Salinas-Monterey, Calif.

>UPDATE: KPIX confirmed Karnow no longer works at the station.

Longtime Chief Meteorologist Out at News 13

jeff dayAfter 17 years at News 13, Jeff Day is out as chief meteorologist.

Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel reports, Day was told his contract had been terminated on Friday.

“When we started I was the only the meteorologist,” Day said Sunday night. After a tornado outbreak in 1998, the channel decided he needed help.

Day said it was a little bit of a surprise that he was out at News 13.

“It’s the nature of the business,” he said. “You always have to be prepared. It’s just one of the things you find in the business. I’m dealing with it. It’s been 17 years of dedication and hard work. But now there’s relaxation and some excitement about finding a new path to take. I love Central Florida.” Read more

Arkansas Meteorologist Heads Home to Maine

southard kfsmTyler Southard is leaving Fort Smith, Arkansas CBS affiliate KFSM to work in his home state of Maine.

“At the end of November I will be ending my time at 5NEWS and moving back to my home state of Maine where I will be taking a Chief Meteorologist position,” Southard posted on his facebook page.

Southard told TVSpy he’s going to work for startup cable station VStv in Rockport, Maine.

Before working for KFSM, Southard worked at WGXA in Macon, Ga.

[Arkansas TV News]

Markina Brown Leaving WGCL

WGCL chief meteorologist Markina Brown is leaving the Atlanta CBS affiliate Friday.

In an exclusive, she told the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Rodney Ho, “I would like to thank the viewers in the greater Atlanta area for their support over the years, as well as the top brass at CBS 46 for the opportunity to work with a talented, successful weather and news team, who are dedicated to delivering quality broadcasts every night.”

The AJC writes Brown, who hasn’t said where she’s going, is the third chief meteorologist to leave Atlanta this year. Read more

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