Monday, December 7, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: WLWT Hires Kevin Robinson as Chief Meteorologist

We just received word (via the Kiese blog here) that WLWT has hired their new Chief Meteorologist, straight from The Weather Channel in Atlanta.

Here's the WLWT press release as it came in:

CINCINNATI, OH – After 4+ years at The Weather Channel, Kevin Robinson returns to the Tri-State to join WLWT News 5 as Chief Meteorologist effective Jan 11th.

Kevin’s roots are in the Tri-State. He graduated from Princeton High School, his father works for P&G, and his family members still live in the Tri-State.

“Kevin covered every weather situation there is while forecasting at The Weather Channel, working side-by-side with the top meteorologists in the country” said WLWT President and General Manager Richard Dyer. “His forecasting experience, weather knowledge, and engaging style, along with his Tri-State connections, bring a unique combination to Cincinnati television.”

Prior to WLWT and The Weather Channel, Kevin also served as morning meteorologist at Hearst Television Inc owned WAPT in Jackson, MS.

Kevin is an active speaker in the community, from visiting schools and showing students the science behind weather forecasting, to holding town hall meetings on how to stay safe during severe weather.

Kevin graduated from Mississippi State in 2001 with a BA in Broadcast Meteorology, and carries the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval.

Our Take: This, on paper, would seem to be a good move on WLWT's part. Hire a guy with local ties (Princeton HS and his dad works for P&G which is headquartered downtown), who knows his weather (BS at MSU plus his four years at TWC) and has the style that apparently Channel 5 was looking for.

But Robinson is coming into a new environment here. He's never been chief meteorologist...that's certainly not a dig against him. We've seen his work on TWC and he impressed us. We're only stating facts that can be gleaned from the above presser. (As noted in our administrative announcement this morning, Your Tri-State Media Watcher has been watching weather patterns around the Cincinnati area for 17 years.)

We'll just have to see what happens. We wish Mr. Robinson the best, and he'll certainly get his chance here in Cincinnati to show what he can really do...what with unpredictable patterns and all...

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Me and my wife watch Kevin on TWC every week. We always wondered why he didn't have his own show. Kevin is very talented and we are excited to have Kevin back home.

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

Agreed, anon 7:47. I have, as I noted, watched Mr. Robinson on a bunch of occasions. He knows his weather stuff and I look forward to seeing him test his talents on the Ohio Valley's weather.

Anonymous said...

Looks like something is going on with WLWT. I have noticed they are doing newscasts from their news desk in their newsroom. I wonder if they are getting a new studio??

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

Anon 12:15 PM:

Sorry, we didn't get back in town in time to see any newscasts this morning. But, we'll follow up tomorrow...I would bet that's a possibility. More likely scenario, which has happened in the past, is that the WLWT studio in Mount Auburn lost power for a short time today in the high wind. But...we'll keep an eye out to see if they keep doing it from there to try and prove the hypothesis...

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Appreciate it. Cool blog as well. Looks like they have been doing their newscasts there for at least the past 2-3 days.

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

We're hearing that WLWT is doing some upgrades to their set (not sure what), but expect to return to the studios tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed watching Kevin on the weather channel and i know that tey are missing him down at the weather channel and wow did not know he graduated from Princeton High cause I did to. Welcome back to Cincy Kevin and hope to meet ya sometime so we can talk about the young hot girl that you had to work with at the weather channel, Stephanie Abrams.

Anonymous said...

Bad for those of us that loved watching kevin on TWC=good for those that can watch him now at WLWT. I really miss Kevin in the morning. He was so easy going and cool as he talked wather. Best Wishes, Kevin!

Anonymous said...

Miss you on the weather channel Kevin! Best wishes to you in all of your endeavors. Stay sexy!

Anonymous said...

He seems like a great guy but the habit of lunging towards the camera is hard to watch a little