The closely watched search for Alan Sealls’ replacement at WKRG-TV ended last week when the station announced that Ed Bloodsworth had been named chief meteorologist.
“After an exhaustive nation-wide search, we are fortunate to have Ed join WKRG and lead our team of meteorologists, “said Jesse Grear, WKRG’s vice president and general manager. “He possesses a wealth of knowledge of Gulf Coast weather and tropical storm forecasting.”
Bloodsworth comes to WKRG from WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida, where he served as the station’s weekend meteorologist and weather producer. He says his interest in meteorology was spurred as a child by watching severe weather in his home state of Florida.
“My fascination with weather began at age 7 when I saw a tornado form a few miles away,” Bloodsworth said. “Being a Florida native, I spent my summers growing up tracking hurricanes.”
Bloodsworth has worked at TV stations in Tallahassee, Florida, Augusta, Georgia, and Topeka, Kansas, prior to his latest stint in Tampa. He is an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association and holds a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Designation from the AMS.
“It’s been a privilege working at the number-one station in Tampa. I’m thrilled to be able to bring that experience to the Gulf Coast,” he said.
Bloodsworth will have big shoes to fill at the station as he seeks to step in for the very popular Sealls. Sealls and WKRG parted ways in June after more than 20 years. The station and its chief meteorologist were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract, according to Sealls. The station has said it offered everything Sealls asked for but he wanted to spend more time with his family.
In the meantime Sealls has taken to doing his own forecasts online and has indicated he is interested in staying in the Mobile market if possible. He gained national notoriety in 2017 when The Washington Post wrote a story about his sudden popularity on the website Reddit as some of his hurricane coverage was posted. WKRG even took the adulation to the next level by awarding Sealls a trophy declaring him “The Best Weatherman Ever!!!”
Bloodsworth’s first day at the station will be Sept. 3.
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