I’ve been on vacation for the last week, but will be back tonight. I’ve sucked the vacation “well” dry, so just a day or two off at a time between now and March. But I talked to Rob late last week…what a disappointment for us but a great deal for him! Rob was a weather intern at KPTV about 4 years ago, then finished college and came back to work for us last Fall. I figured he would fly the coop at some point but hoped it would be a bit farther in the future. He’s a great employee and friend; we’ve had many long discussions about weather patterns and other geeky things. He’ll be missed.
I have to admit that I’m slightly jealous. I first applied for on-air jobs in 1991 right out of college. I grew up here in the Pacific Northwest and REALLY wanted to go somewhere back east to live in and forecast thunderstorms and blizzards (far more active weather), plus I’ve always had a soft spot for agriculture and small towns. But I couldn’t get anyone to hire me in little places such as: Fargo, North Platte, Kearney NE, or Kirksville, MO. Instead I took a job for a small company here in Portland that forecast wind for windsurfers in the Columbia Gorge for the next two years. By chance I got that job at KOIN, so I never did get a stab at the wild weather in the Midwest. Yes, I was lucky to start working in a large TV market, but Rob is doing the right thing by getting some experience in a small “market” first.
Chief Meteorologist – Mark Nelsen