Meteorologist Bob Kovachick retires from NewsChannel 13


Bob Kovachick is retiring. The veteran meteorologist who has worked for WNYT/NewsChannel 13 for more than 40 years made the announcement on Friday.

” I do not know what to say ; I don’t know how to say it. I’m leaving Channel 13. I’m retiring,” Kovachick said, his voice cracking, at the end of the station’s Friday afternoon newscast.

His colleagues shared their wishes on social networks.

“Congratulations to my mentor and friend Bob Kovachick who announced his retirement today,” Paul Caiano wrote on Twitter. “I can’t begin to explain how instrumental Bob was in my development before I was on TV and then all the years I got to work alongside him. Thank you, Bob.”

Kovachick, who is the station’s chief meteorologist, joins a growing list of on-air staffers who left WNYT this year. Unlike others who have held other jobs, Kovachick says he is done working.

“It’s just time to pull the plug and retire and enjoy the other aspects of my life,” Kovachick said on air. A WNYT announcement regarding his departure said Kovachick will remain on the weather team as a contributor for special projects.

Several longtime reporters have left the NBC affiliate in the past 24 months, including Jim Kambrich, Jerry Gretzinger and Benita Zahn.

Kovachick took a brief leave earlier this year to focus on his health. At the time, loyal viewers feared he had left the station. He returned in July.

Kovachick’s last day of broadcast will be October 3. The station has four other meteorologists on the air, including Reid Kisselback, Christina Talamo, Neal Estano and Caiano.

Rachel Tiede, who joined WNYT last year as a presenter and reporter, is also finishing her degree in meteorology.


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