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    The One Skill Future Broadcast Meteorologists Should Be Developing Right Now

    If you talk to a broadcast meteorologist, they’ll probably tell you that they were interested in weather at a very early age. It grabs us, and we’re hooked for life. In high school, we take a special interest in earth science, mathematics and computer science. What you don’t see as much is a pursuit in skills on the broadcasting side. Maybe students don’t know right away that they want to work in television, perhaps they don’t realize the opportunities they have to build those skills, or maybe its just scary.

    It was scary for me. Not only did I wait till college to get into broadcasting, I waited till senior year. By then, there just wasn’t enough time to get myself to a level of comfort that had me ready for a local television job. I went back to college and picked up a second degree in broadcasting, and even after that nerves still got the best of me for the first few months of my first broadcast meteorology job.

    I know I’m not alone. I see students all the time that battle with nerves, first in the classroom, and then on live campus television. Its something that can take a while to stamp out, and leads to a whole host of other problems. You can work on talking slower, or stop fidgeting with your hands, or trying to smile more, but it likely all stems from a lack of being comfortable and confident. It’s also a challenge to teach out of a student because it’s usually something that just takes time. Just like jumping in a pool of cold water, it just takes time to get used to, and there is not a lot else you can do to speed up the process.

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    Alumni Advice From Mike Lichniak – Job Hunting Tips For Broadcast Mets

    I often look to our Lyndon State alumni for advice and tips to pass along to our current students. Our alumni have been through the broadcast meteorology program and are now out there, working at local television stations all across the country. I asked Mike Lichniak, who is the morning meteorologist for WOAY in Oak Hill, West Virginia, for a few job hunting tips for new broadcasts meteorologists. Here’s Mike:

    Patience is going to be a virtue. I know from looking at the job sites and from talking with people in the business it is getting harder and harder to move from station to station, even if you do have the AMS certified seal. I know it will seem like some kids get a job right away and for you, and it might be a struggle but don’t ever give up! If you really want to be in the game of television, because sometimes it feels like a game when applying to jobs, show people that you are willing to work hard and don’t be deterred by time, it took me well over 6 months to get my first job and will probably take as long to find my second one.

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  • New Apple CEO Tim Cook Introduces iPhone 4s

    Will Siri change the way people get their local forecasts?

    Lots of people were tuned in to the Apple announcement event Tuesday afternoon waiting for the company to unveil its latest phone. We learned about the iPhone 4S, and all the upgraded technology behind it, but what struck me as the most interesting thing to come out of the presentation was the arrival of Siri. Siri is Apple’s new iPhone assistant that will come with the new iOS5 software which will be released on Wednesday, October 12.

    It does lots of cool stuff. You can use your voice to ask it for directions to a Chinese restaurant. You can ask it for movie times or to send you a reminder to call your wife. It can also give you the weather. Wait, what? That’s my job. During the Apple presentation, the slide displays weather related questions like “What is the upcoming forecast?” or “Do I need an umbrella today?” or even “Is the weather going to get worse today?” These are all questions my wife asks me on the way out the door in the morning, and now Siri says it has all the answers.

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