Trading places: the big weathercaster switch of 1980

5 08 2010

This spring, veteran Washington weathercaster Bob Ryan moved from Channel 4 (WRC-TV) to Channel 7 (WJLA-TV).  The move might have seemed like a bombshell to D.C. viewers: after all, Ryan had been at WRC for a full three decades. But his arrival in D.C. back in 1980 was a major event of its own, with implications for both local and national weathercasting. Ryan came onto the Washington scene as part of an unusual job switch with none other than Willard Scott, who was a fixture in the D.C. media world before gaining national fame on NBC’s “Today” show. I’ve blogged about the Scott-Ryan switcheroo here, at the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang.

The air, and the airwaves, heat up

4 08 2010

Last winter, as unprecedented snowfall buried the mid-Atlantic states and Britain shivered through its worst winter in 30 years, journalists began to take a closer look at how TV weather covers, or doesn’t cover, climate change. That flurry of coverage faded by spring. Now, with a ten-minute segment that aired on 17 July, the “Dateline” series on Australia’s SBS network has joined the fray—just as both Moscow and Washington are enduring their hottest summers ever recorded, with New York not far behind.

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