In what may have been one of the more obvious-yet-awaited moves in local TV news in years, WPMI-TV announced this week that Alan Sealls has been named the station’s new chief meteorologist.
After the popular meteorologist left WKRG-TV five months ago, speculation became rampant that he’d land at WPMI. For the past week or two the station has been running a number of teasers about an impending change, but without revealing who it would be. News Director Bob Noonan said it’s time to let the cat out of the bag.
“Alan is a game changer. No meteorologist in our market has more credibility and is more trusted than Alan Sealls,” Noonan said. “With 10 Emmys in his trophy case, he makes NBC 15 better just by walking in the door. He was voted ‘Best Weatherman Ever’ by Reddit [users]. How do you top that? With the addition of Alan, NBC 15 will have the most-experienced evening news team in the market! We’re beyond excited about this new chapter for NBC 15.”
Sealls replaces Chris Dunn, who decided to leave the business for a bit to spend time with family before his son’s graduation. Noonan said the timing actually couldn’t have worked out better to bring Sealls on. Sealls spent 20 years at WKRG, but left after contract negotiations didn’t work out. Still, he wanted to stay in his adopted hometown.
“I look forward to working with old friends and colleagues, and new ones, too, to deliver the best weather coverage and forecasts around. On that, you can bet your barometer!” Sealls said.
Sealls is a 10-time Emmy Award winner and has won “Best Weather Anchor” from the Alabama Associated Press Broadcasters Association four times. He has also won a national award from the American Meteorological Society in 2009 for a series on climate change. Since then, he has been named “Best Weathercaster in the State” twice by the Alabama Broadcaster’s Association, and won a “Best In State” award for his retrospective on Hurricane Ivan.
Sealls has also had meteorology gigs at Chicago superstation WGN-TV, worked as a meteorology professor at Columbia College in Chicago and also spent time at stations in Milwaukee and Albany, Georgia.
If all that wasn’t enough, Alan also writes a bi-weekly column, “Weather Things,” for Lagniappe. He’s scheduled to be back on the air at the beginning of 2020.
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