Shortly after viewers of the Raleigh-area ABC affiliate WTVD Channel 11 started wondering what happened to their morning weather forecaster, Glenn Willey, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine ran a story about how technology and the recession may threaten the “cultural hegemony and job security” of the TV weathercaster.
The article claims that TV weather forecaster numbers are in decline due to the recession coupled with a change in how people get their weather information (more people turning to the Internet rather than TV, not surprisingly). However, that doesn’t seem to be the case in the Raleigh/Durham television market, where all the major stations appear to have kept the same number of on-air weather personalities. Turnover has been rare lately, so people really notice when someone unceremoniously vanishes.
In Glenn Willey’s case, it was a simple case of management not renewing Willey’s contract and hiring someone else, according to a Fayetteville Observer blog post. The Bloomberg article has a side note which lists several celebrities who used to be in the TV weather business, including David Letterman, Raquel Welch, Diane Sawyer, and George Carlin. Though a Facebook campaign to bring Glenn Willey back to WTVD is unlikely to succeed, Willey’s agent says that he’s got some things “in the hopper” for the 18-year meteorologist, according to the Fayetteville Observer blog, so perhaps bigger and better things lie ahead.
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