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WABC is expected to announce the move this week, according to sources.
After leaving WFLD, Freeze said that she was “disappointed” by the station’s “unexpected” decision not renew her deal, saying that she would have liked to stay in Chicago.
Jummy Olabanji joins WJLA-TV in Washington DC as a reporter from WTKR-TV in Norfolk.
Mike Barz expands his morning anchor duties from two hours (5-7am) to four hours (5-9am) at WAWS-TV and WTEV-TV in Jacksonville.
Bridget Blythe joins NECN in Boston as a Monday through Friday AM anchor/reporter from morning anchor at WKBW-TV in Buffalo.
“I am disappointed and it was unexpected that Fox would release me from my contract,” Freeze told community website OakPark.com recently.
Freeze served as WFLD’s chief meteorologist from 2007 until February of this year, when the station let her contract expire.
The veteran weathercaster was the victim of a shake-up at WFLD. The station brought in Bill Bellis from Phoenix’s KNXV to be chief meteorologist and welcomed back meteorologist Tammie Souza, who had been working at Tampa’s WTSP for the past two years.
Right now, Freeze is trying to figure out her next career move and she hopes that it will keep her close to home. Read more
“Bill’s dynamic personality, concise delivery and no-nonsense forecasting style will be key assets as we reinvent our weather department,” said GM Mike Renda in making the announcement.
The Fox-affiliate announced today that Souza has joined the station and is set to start on-air January 29th. Souza worked in the Chicago market for nearly eight years, first with NBC-affiliate WMAQ and then with WFLD, before departing for Florida.
With the addition of Souza, WFLD has also made a subtraction from its news team. According to the Chicago Tribune, the station will not be renewing the contract of lead weathercaster Amy Freeze. WFLD reportedly spoke with Freeze about accepting a non-weather position but those talks have ended.
WFLD now has a completely overhauled weather team. Bill Bellis, who came to the station in November from Phoenix’s KNXV, is WFLD’s new chief meteorologist while Souza will be a new, yet familiar, face on the station’s weekend newscasts.
For those of you keeping score at home, WFLD recently signed Bill Bellis, chief meteorologist at Phoenix’s KNXV-TV since 2003, and continues to talk to Tammie Souza about returning to Channel 32 after two years away as chief meteorologist at WTSP-TV in Tampa, Fla.
Amy Freeze, WFLD’s chief meteorologist for nearly four years, has a contract set to expire next month. It’s tempting to quote Bob Dylan‘s line about not needing a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, but there has been no official word as yet regarding her future.