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Let Go After 26 Years, WTNH Meteorologist Geoff Fox Takes Solace in ‘Surreal’ Level of Viewer Support

Last week veteran meteorologist Geoff Fox was surprised to learn that his employer of 26 years, Hartford’s WTNH, was not going to renew his contract.  For Fox, the shock that he felt while learning this news has been dwarfed by what followed.

Since news hit that he was being let go, Fox has received an outpouring of viewer support that he can only describe as “surreal.”  His inbox has been flooded by emails, he received a commiserative phone call from Connecticut Senator Dick Blumenthal, and WTNH viewers started a “Keep Geoff Fox on Channel 8″ Facebook campaign, which has so far been liked by over 7,000 people.

“If you would’ve said to me, ‘You’re going to get this kind of reaction,’ I would’ve said, ‘You’re nuts,’” Fox told TVSpy. “What has happened has made what has happened a lot easier to take.”

On a recent flight to visit his parents in Florida, Fox was slipped a message scrawled on an air sickness bag from a fellow passenger, saying, in part, “You are a very talented person and still have a lot of ground to cover.”  He received a letter from a marine stationed in Afghanistan who told Fox that he and his mother cried when they heard the news.  A high school senior, who said he was writing “with glassy eyes,” emailed Fox to tell him that he was “one of the people I will look to when shaping my adult life.”

The deluge of support has been fueled by social media.  Read more

Hartford’s WTNH Cuts Veteran Meteorologist Geoff Fox After 26 Years

After 26 years with WTNH, veteran meteorologist Geoff Fox is being shown the door. The New Haven/Hartford ABC-affiliate has decided not to renew Fox’s contract, which is set to expire at the end of February.

“So, how was your day at work? Probably better than mine,” Fox wrote on his blog after receiving the news Wednesday afternoon.

Fox joined WTNH in the spring of 1984 following a four-year stint with Buffalo’s WGRZ.  Fox became WGRZ’s weathercaster almost by accident and he quickly taught himself how to chart and forecast the weather, eventually earning a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University.

“I’ve had a really, really good run here,” Fox told the Connecticut Post. Read more