I believe this will be a great fit for me personally and professionally. The tools will be there to develop new ways of telling the weather story each morning, all the while learning from talented broadcasters with more experience than I have. WQAD utilizes Weather Central Fusion Studio, which is the same equipment that WREX beta-tested several years ago. WQAD also has a strong commitment to cover severe weather.
“I’m going to miss everyone here at WAFF 48,” Castle said in a statement. “It has been a tremendous leaning experience. The people here at WAFF have mentored me for the new role I’m about to take on. I want to thank the viewers who have welcomed me into their home and have trusted me with bringing them the weather information they need to start their day.”
“This is an exciting opportunity for Jeff and although he will be greatly missed at WAFF, we are happy he is staying within the Raycom family,” WAFF general manager Vanessa Oubre said.
Bodak joins WXIX from WNEM, the CBS affiliate in Saginaw, Mich.
“We’re excited to add a meteorologist of such superb caliber to the FOX19 team,” WXIX news director Kevin Roach said in a statement. “Catherine is smart, personable, and knows what people want from the forecast. She also has plenty of experience forecasting severe weather. She’s the perfect fit for the Storm Tracker team.”
Before coming to KTVI, Parks worked at WTWO in Terre Haute, IN.
“First week at Fox2Now is in the books!” Parks wrote on facebook. “Big thanks to the smart, fun, and very talented Angela Hutti for training me this week! See you all Sunday evening for my first forecast on News 11.”
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Parks will work the midday show on KTVI and weekend evenings on KPLR.
The entire CBS affiliate’s weather team welcomed Thomason on-air by showing clips of his work with Oklahoma’s severe weather.
KMOV news director Brian Thouvenot said the station and Horner reluctantly parted ways. “Not many people knew she was commuting back to Kansas City every weekend,” Thouvenot said. “We hated to see her go, but we also understand her wanting to be with her family.”
The Post-Dispatch reports Horner will be replaced on the noon and 5 p.m. newscasts by Meghan Danahey.
Hendricks starts June 2nd as a multimedia journalist while Donovan starts June 9th as weekend weather anchor and multimedia journalist.
Donovan comes from WEEK in Peoria, IL, where she started her career. Hendricks comes from KTVZ in Bend, OR.
At KPRC, Merwin replaces Idolina Peralez, who is “taking her career in a different direction,” according to McGuff.
Sebesta told the Pioneer Press, “This has nothing to do with KARE. I’m leaving on my own terms. I’ve got the best job in the world, but it’s not enough to keep me from going back to be near my family.”
He told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “It’s just an unbelievable feeling to walk away voluntarily at the peak of my career into something that is best for our family.”
According to the station, “He found the kitten and pulled it from the debris. The kitten was placed in a jacket and was kept warm in a News Center 7 live truck.”
The Dayton CBS affiliate reports the kitten has been reunited with its owners who say the kitten was one of several recently born in their barn.