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Chicago Station Creates Weather Themed Game App Featuring Chief Meteorologist

skillingWGNgameChicago CW affiliate WGN has launched a mobile game app featuring its chief meteorologist called “Tom Skilling‘s WGN Weather Challenge.”

The object of the free smartphone game is to move Skilling across the screen while avoiding bad weather and collecting good weather. When Skilling runs out of time, the game is over.

Players will be able to see how they stack up against each other on a leaderboard and can check out the local weather on the station’s website at the end of the game.

The app, developed by Cubicle Ninjas, is available through the Apple Store next Thursday and through Google Play by February 2014.

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Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling Marks 35 Years with WGN

Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for Chicago CW affiliate WGN, celebrated 35 years with the station this week.

The station marked the occasion yesterday after his 9:00 p.m. forecast with a low-key mention from anchor Micah Materre, “35 years on the air here,” said Materre. “35 years, isn’t that something?” replied Skilling. “Congratulations!” said Materre. They then showed footage of Skilling in the early years doing his forecast wearing the yellow team blazer with the nine on the breast pocket. “That was burlap,” Skilling said of his blazer.

Last year, Skilling signed a new 10 year multimillion dollar contract. Shortly after signing he told Chicago media writer Robert Feder, “I have marveled at the support I’ve received from my viewers all these years — at their loyalty and kindness. We are nothing in our line of work without those who offer us the gift of taking time out of their busy days to grace us with the honor of checking out what we do and what we have to say. I’m beyond words over the whole thing.”

As part of the celebration of his 35 year tenure, Skilling, along with the some of the WGN weather team, sang “Take Me Out to The Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch at yesterday’s Cubs game against the Cincinnati Reds. As a side note, listen to the Cubs announcer put the wrong em-PHA-sis on the wrong sy-LLAB-le when pronouncing meteorologist. For the record, the Reds blanked the Cubbies 5 to zip.

You can watch video of Materre wishing Skilling happy anniversary and Skilling singing at the Cubs game after the jump. Read more

Questions Linger Over WKBW Veteran Meteorologist’s New Schedule and Title

After 30 years with Buffalo, NY, ABC affiliate WKBW, Mike Randall will soon see his hours reduced after seeing his title change to “senior” meteorologist from its former “chief” status.

But is he being pushed out the door, as some media outlets like NewBlues, FTVLive and The Buffalo News are speculating, or is Randall simply easing into retirement after a long and successful career?

>RELATED: Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling Marks 35 Years with WGN

Mike Nurse WKBW general manager told TVSpy Randall recently signed a new long-term contract, “At the end of the day – I believe all sides are satisfied with the outcome. We built our future while preserving our past – Mike got a long term deal and he got a less demanding schedule that allows him to pursue his other theatrical ventures while still having a big presence on our new AM show (Good Morning).” Read more

In Chicago, Al Roker Praises Fellow Weatherman WGN’s Tom Skilling

In chilly Chicago this morning, TVSpy caught up with Al Roker between his “Today” show weather reports. In addition to talking about this and that (we’ll post those stories on TVNewser later) we asked the 35-year NBC News veteran about longtime Windy City weatherman Tom Skilling. A few months ago the WGN meteorologist re-upped signing a whopping 10-year contract.

Roker says Skilling’s enduring presence – he’s been at WGN for more than three decades – is a real testament to the local legend. “People can get weather online, or on their phone, you can get weather any time you want.  But [viewers] trust him, they believe him.”

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WGN’s Tom Skilling Signs 10-Year Contract Renewal

Tom Skilling, the chief meteorologist at WGN in Chicago, has signed a 10-year contract extension that will keep him at the CW affiliate for the next decade, Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports:

In a blockbuster deal that was expected to be signed Wednesday, Skilling, 60, agreed to continue as chief meteorologist for the Tribune Co. flagships here through 2022. Terms were not disclosed, but Skilling is believed to be the highest paid local weatherman in the country, with a million-dollar salary and 12-person staff.

Skilling has been chief meteorologist at WGN since 1978, appearing on the station’s newscasts at 11 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

After More Than Four Decades On-Air, Tom Skilling Says His Job is Still ‘An Awful Lot of Fun’

After 44 years in broadcasting, meteorologist Tom Skillinga Windy City icon and a viewer favorite nationwide thanks to his more than three decades at superstation WGN  - says not only is retirement of no interest right now, he’s still having a blast reporting Chicago’s weather.

“I tell young people that if they had to drop into a profession at a particular time in history, the last fifty years in meteorology has been the era in which to be there, and it continues to be to this day,” Skilling tells TVSpy.

“When I started, we had no real-time satellite imagery, we had no Doppler radar, computer models had not happened.”

Technology has changed, but Skilling’s on-air appeal has not.  His passion for his job is apparent to viewers, who’ve made him a weather superstar. We caught up with Skilling at Thursday night’s gala opening of the Museum of Broadcast Communication, which he helped make happen.

“I’ve been so lucky,” Skilling says. ”I think the first three-quarters of my career I thought they were going to fire me every day I came into work. Honestly. I’d look at tapes and I was so critical of myself.”

“I’ve always been fascinated by the weather.  I’m fascinated by its effect on people’s lives. It affects the way we feel, our moods, the way businesses proceed – it affects every facet of our lives. And to be a little piece of that, have a little role in communicating that information to people, is an awful lot of fun.”

(Photo: Alissa Krinsky)

Bill Kurtis, Tom Skilling Reflect as Chicago Newsers Gather at Broadcast Museum

WMAQ's Paula Faris and Dick Johnson attend the gala opening of the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Chicago’s TV news anchors and reporters were out in force for a sneak preview open house at the city’s new Museum of Broadcast Communications Thursday night. Joined by Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Museum President Bruce DuMont, the event officially marks the end of major construction of the 62,000 square foot, stand-alone facility.

Phil Donahue, Oprah Winfrey, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Dave Garroway, Paul Harvey - the broadcast history of this city is just amazing,”  legendary WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling tells TVSpy. “We really have a story to tell here.  I think [the museum] is going to be of great interest. Bringing together the stories of these amazing broadcasters who have influenced broadcasting on a national scale is well worth telling.”

Local journos on hand included WBBM’s Bill Kurtis and Rob Johnson, former WBBMer Donna LaPietra, WMAQ’s Dick Johnson and Paula Faris, WLS’s Valerie Warner, former WLSer Andy Shaw, and former WMAQer Chet Coppock.

Mayor Emanuel noted that the museum is fitting for a city that hosted the nation’s first televised presidential debate, between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960.

Party attendees got a glimpse at historic TV artifacts, including one of the cameras used during the JFK-Nixon matchup, an original Charlie McCarthy puppet, and the doorway that Oprah

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