25 Years in Local 5: Celebrating the Meteorological Career of Chief Meteorologist Brad Edwards


Learn about Brad’s professional passion for the weather and listen to his wife Alicia talk about their journey to WOI-TV.

DES MOINES, Iowa – We’re celebrating Brad Edwards’ 25th birthday with Local 5 this month.

September 16 marks the day he started at the station 25 years ago.

His wife, Alicia, has always been by his side.

They first met when she was a freshman at Iowa State University working in a laundromat. Brad walked in and asked Alicia to come out, but she “kindly refused.”

But the following year Alicia was taking a meteorology class and they reconnected.

“I knew it was Brad’s major and I’m like hmm, maybe I’ll call him and see if he can help me with this class,” she said. “So I did, and from there we started dating.”

Brad’s first TV experience was in his senior year of college when he was working at Local 5 doing morning time breaks. He graduated in 1987 and took his first job in Florida. Their next opportunity took the couple to Topeka, Kan. where they married and had two children.

He then took a job at The Weather Channel.

“Brad’s hours on The Weather Channel were horrible,” said Alicia. “We think working in the evening on local television is bad, he worked from 6.30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m.”

Alicia is from the Huxley / Slater area and Brad is from Earlham. So when Local 5 called with the chance to return home to central Iowa, they jumped at the chance.

“One of the things I think of when I think of Brad and his personality with his job is every morning he gets up and immediately the first thing he does is look at his phone,” he said. Alicia said. “It doesn’t matter what day, it doesn’t matter if we’re on vacation. He’s sort of looking at his phone, ‘Hey, what’s the weather going to be today?'”

Alicia said Brad’s 15 years being Iowa’s most accurate forecast is a perfect explanation for his work ethic.

“I remember many nights when rather than asking the station for a hotel room or whatever, especially in the winter, with the snow and everything, he would bring a sleeping bag and sleep either on the floor in the studio or on the the couch and you just have to stay the night for it to be there to cover viewers in central Iowa, ”she said.

She admires his dedication to this day.

“You don’t think you’re ever going to stay somewhere for 25 years in this business. You know, I just want him to know how proud the kids and I are of him. And we love him and can’t not imagine not making this life with him, “said Alicia.

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