• Yes, Appearance is a Big Thing – From College Kid to TV Pro

    Back in August, I gave a presentation at the AMS Broadcasters Conference about how to help entry-level meteorologists make the jump from college to local television. Continue reading

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  • When You’re Not A Meteorologist, But Have To Play One On TV

    It’s not uncommon for a broadcast meteorologist to be asked to do some reporting on the side. Most weekends mets do some sort of news during the work week, even if they come out of college without the skills to do so. But what happens when a reporter or producer is asked to do weather? It happens, and often results in a crash course in chroma-key and cold fronts. Its can be an intimidating experience, but in the right situations it can open the door to a whole new side of local television news.

    Here’s what you can do to get up to speed as quickly as possible, and then build on that if you plan to keep it going.
    1. Watch as much weather coverage in your area as possible. DVR as many weathercasts as you can in a day, and just live, eat and breathe it. The quickest way
      to learn the local weather is to watch others do it. You can read books, and that’s great, but it takes time and it can be hard to apply. Watch as many stations, as many shows as you can every day. That should not only help you learn the weather, but also the vocabulary and the flow of a daily weathercast.  Continue reading