Tom Skilling Signs New Contract

I saw this on the web…Congratulations Tom!

This is my favorite part of this story.  It’s well known in the industry that Tom’s weathercast involves doing just about everything you’re notsupposed to do” in a weathercast.  For example: 30-50 maps/graphics in 3 minutes, labels missing on maps, unexplained stuff on those maps, and time jumps forward and backwards, etc…  Yet he may be the highest paid in the country and apparently his viewers love him!  If you’ve ever seen him he DOES seem very friendly and personable and a true weather geek too…Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

Rain or shine, 10-year renewal keeps Skilling at WGN

Posted in Robert Feder | Chicago Media blog by Robert Feder on Sep 19, 2012 at 5:00pm

 Tom Skilling, the undisputed king of Chicago weather, will continue to reign supreme at WGN-Channel 9 and the Chicago Tribune for 10 more years.

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.

“This is a good deal for Tom and for Tribune because it gives both of them the security of one another for a decade,” said attorney Joel Weisman, Skilling’s longtime agent. “It’s particularly noteworthy in an era when people are uncertain about the future. Most contracts are actually growing shorter.”

Skilling’s last contract was a six-year deal signed in 2006.

Although details were still being finalized earlier this week, major points in the new agreement were negotiated between Weisman and Marty Wilke, who had been vice president and general manager of WGN until last Friday when she resigned to join CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 as president and general manager.

Calling his client “the hardest working journalist in Chicago,” Weisman said Skilling “absolutely loves the work that he does and does it as well as anybody in the world,” adding: ”He’s at the top of his game — and he has been for a long time. He’s a genuine scholar and student of what he does who’s revered by his peers and selfless as a mentor.”

Skilling, who began his broadcasting career at age 14 in his native west suburban Aurora, has been chief meteorologist at WGN since 1978.

20 Responses to Tom Skilling Signs New Contract

  1. Luke says:

    As a native Chicagoan, I can tell you Tom is the best (sorry Mark). So glad I can still watch him out here in Oregon on WGN. Congrats to Tom.

  2. Garron near Washington Square says:

    He is surely one of the most well respected! The people that are lucky enough to make their hobby/fascination in life their job, are truly living the dream! Rock on Tom and Mark….We are all envious.

  3. vinnybob says:

    I thought Mark Nelsen was the highest paid Meteorologist in the country.

  4. *BoringOregon* says:

    Hmmmm, don’t know who he is but ill google him, well just got called for a job and it is a night shift eaaa night shift, looks like its going to start cooling off a little to.

  5. oldwxwatcher says:

    He also regularly spouts terms like “mesoscale,” “convection,” “altocumulus,” “advection,” “convergence,” “divergence,” “wall cloud,” “dry slot,” “confluence,” “diffluence,” “Greenland Block” and (gasp) “dew point” with apparent impunity. What’s more, he often explains what these terms mean. No “dumbing down” on his weather segments, unlike some of his contemporaries.

  6. I watch and enjoy his forecasting. Longetivity rivaled by our late Jack Capell.

  7. W7ENK says:

    Astronomy forums are buzzing with speculation about newly-discovered Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). Currently located beyond the orbit of Jupiter, Comet ISON is heading for a very close encounter with the sun next year. In Nov. 2013, it will pass less than 0.012 AU (1.8 million km) from the solar surface. The fierce heating it experiences then could turn the comet into a bright naked-eye object.

    Much about this comet–and its ultimate fate–remains unknown. “At this stage we’re just throwing darts at the board,” says Karl Battams of the NASA-supported Sungrazer Comet Project, who lays out two possibilities:

    “In the best case, the comet is big, bright, and skirts the sun next November. It would be extremely bright — negative magnitudes maybe — and naked-eye visible for observers in the Northern Hemisphere for at least a couple of months.”

    “Alternately, comets can and often do fizzle out! Comet Elenin springs to mind as a recent example, but there are more famous examples of comets that got the astronomy community seriously worked up, only to fizzle. This is quite possibly a ‘new’ comet coming in from the Oort cloud, meaning this could be its first-ever encounter with the Sun. If so, with all those icy volatiles intact and never having been truly stressed (thermally and gravitationally), the comet could well disrupt and dissipate weeks or months before reaching the sun.”

    “Either of the above scenarios is possible, as is anything in between,” Battams says. “There’s no doubt that Comet ISON will be closely watched. Because the comet is so far away, however, our knowledge probably won’t develop much for at least a few more months.”

    Meanwhile, noted comet researcher John Bortle has pointed out a curious similarity between the orbit of Comet ISON and that of the Great Comet of 1680. “Purely as speculation,” he says, “perhaps the two bodies could have been one a few revolutions ago.”

    Stay tuned for updates.

    • David B. says:

      And within 0.4 AU of the Earth; definitely one to look forward to! It’s been a few years since my last naked-eye comets (McNaught and Holmes), and unlike the coming Panstarrs, this one’s orbit is set to deliver its best show to the Northern Hemisphere. The only question is how good the show will be; with comets, you never really know, particularly at this stage in the game.

      Maybe I’ll finally see one to compare with the spectacular Comet West I saw as a kid. That one was so bright it actually lit up the landscape (sort of like moonlight, but with an odd greenish cast to the light that was totally un-moonlight-like).

    • W7ENK says:

      That would be awesome! I hope to see a daylight-visible comet within my lifetime. Those only come around every few-hundred to few-thousand years… this one has the potential. 😀

  8. No that was probably Chuck Weise

  9. I think Mark started at about that age.

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