Alan Pergament: WKBW hires former Rochester meteorologist to fill one of two weather openings | Television

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WKBW-TV (Channel 7) filled one of its two openings in the weather department with a meteorologist familiar with Western New York.

Josh Nichols, a veteran meteorologist with two different television stations and several radio stations in Rochester, will be on the air at WKBW starting next week.

According to news director Aaron Mason, Nichols will work part-time until June as he still has freelance commitments with WBZ in Boston. He will work full-time from July.

Nichols graduated from high school in North Easton, Mass., and holds a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Lyndon State College in Vermont. It’s the same college where WIVB-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Mike Cejka earned his meteorology degree.

According to an early biography of Nichols when he worked for a Rochester radio station, “He began his career at age 12, when his father gave him a weather radio for his birthday and Josh became a weather watcher for some local boston tv stations.”

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Nichols fills one of two weather openings at WKBW made available by the recent departures of meteorologists Andy Parker and Michelle McLeod. Parker left the station in February with speculation that he might return to WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) where he previously worked. This does not happen. McLeod’s last day was Tuesday.

Over the weekend, freelancer Jessica McLaughlin, who previously researched the weather for WKBW, did so again.

Mason hopes to announce the hiring of a fourth meteorologist soon.

There are several openings in front of and behind the camera on local television.

• WKBW is looking for a new presenter to replace Ashley Rowe, who announced her departure on June 10th. He’s also on the hunt for a new “AM Buffalo” co-host with the recent release of Melanie Camp.

• WIVB is looking for a new morning co-anchor after Mel Orlins announced last week that she is leaving at the end of this week after five years at the station. She also didn’t say where she was going. The station also posted a job posting for chief meteorologist after Todd Santos recently said he wanted to reduce his schedule for a better work-life balance.

• WGRZ is looking for a news director with the release of Jeff Woodard this month. He also hasn’t replaced meteorologist Heather Waldman since she left months ago.

• WIVB has also been looking for a news director since the recent sudden dismissal of Lisa Polizzi earlier this month.

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