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Meteorologist Ray Petelin Joins Pittsburgh’s WTAE

WTAE, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, has hired Ray Petelin to be the station’s weekend meteorologist.

Petelin has been a meteorologist for the morning show at WSEE, the CBS affiliate in Erie, since 2003. For the past several weeks, he has also been filling in on WTAE, sparking rumors of his departure to the bigger market.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Saturday Petelin had been hired at WTAE. He will contribute to the weekend evening newscasts.

With the addition of Petelin, WTAE is back up to four staff meteorologists following the departure of Stephen Cropper, who left WTAE in April and joined up with rival station WPXI in July.

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On the Move, 8/5/11

Stephen Cropper is staying in the Pittsburgh market, becoming the new chief meteorologist for WPXI.  Cropper leaves WTAE where he has been since 1995.

Matt Lorch is moving home to Seattle, where he’s set to become the new 5 p.m. anchor for KCPQ.  He leaves Boston’s WHDH where he anchored early evenings and reported.

Don Teague joins Fox O&O KRIV in Houston as primary anchor.  Teague departs CBS News where he was a Texas-based correspondent for the last two years, and prior, was with NBC News based in Dallas and Atlanta.

Melissa Long is returning to Atlanta to join WXIA as 10 p.m. anchor.  Most recently, Long was an anchor and correspondent for Bloomberg TV in New York. Read more

Pittsburgh Favorite Stephen Cropper Signs on at WPXI

Stephen Cropper, a longtime veteran of weather reporting in the Pittsburgh market, will join WPXI next week as chief meteorologist, according to a memo sent out by WPXI vice president and general manager Ray Carter this morning.

Cropper left Pittsburgh’s WTAE in April after more than 16 years. His departure from the station came months after the ABC affiliate shuffled their weather lineup, moving Cropper to weekends and angering his large fanbase.

Now Pittsburgh fans can continue to see Cropper report the weather — on another station in the market. WPXI is the NBC affiliate.

“Rarely do you get to change high profile jobs and remain in the same city,” Carter wrote in the memo. “Stephen gets to do just that. His wife Mindy and their three children are delighted to keep calling themselves Pittsburghers!”

Cropper replaces Julie Bologna, who announced earlier this week she was leaving the station to spend more time with her young children.

Read the full memo after the jump.

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