Meteorologist to Make Local TV History – The Oakland Press


Kim Adams is “really thrilled” to be back on the air in Southeast Michigan and making local TV history again.

The Northville resident will join WDIV-TV, Channel 4, as the station’s chief meteorologist on August 8.

Adams was a station staple from 2002 to 2009, but left to become a full-time single mother to her children, ages 19, 18, 13, 10 and 9.

“There have been opportunities over the years for me to go back, but the time never came,” she said. “Then all of a sudden everything fell into place, and it was good.”

After a brief stop in Ohio early in her career, Adams made history as the first female meteorologist in Detroit when she joined WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, in 1997. She remained there until in 2002 before switching to WDIV.

Upon her return, Adams will once again make history as the first female meteorologist to do all five evening newscasts each day (4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m., and 11 p.m.). She will also continue to host her radio show, “Fearless Faith,” 10:30 p.m. weeknights on WMUZ-FM, 103.5.

“I truly believe…it’s divine intervention,” she said. “My father passed away 18 months ago. He was always proud of me, but never prouder than when I was on Channel 4. Not because I was on TV – I was on TV in other roles too – but he knew how I liked meteorology. He knew how happy I was to do this. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the call came when he did.

To WXYZ, she recalled that Jerry Hodak presented the weather on the 5 p.m. news while working on the 6 p.m. show. When she moved to WDIV, Chuck Gaidica worked the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts and she worked the 11 p.m.

“This is the first time a woman in Detroit (will) do all the nightly shows – the main shows,” she said.

A five-year cancer survivor, Adams is leaving her position as fundraising/development manager for the New Day Foundation for Families in Rochester Hills to return to the airwaves.

“Kim has always been a great champion of our mission to help families dealing with cancer,” said Gina Kell Spehn, co-founder and president of New Day. “Her personal journey as a breast cancer survivor was evident in the virtual workshops she produced for New Day as part of our emotional support program. Kim was able to discuss sensitive topics such as grief, burnout professional and anxiety with compassion and sensitivity.

“We loved working with Kim every day, but we are thrilled to have her back at WDIV,” said Kell Spehn.

Adams was born in Ohio and moved with her family to Mt. Clemens as a child. She graduated from Mt. Clemens High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and a master’s degree from Wayne State University. She studied atmospheric science and meteorology at The Ohio State University, where she earned her credential from the American Meteorological Society.

Technology and weather forecasting have changed since Adams left it behind in 2009.

“I have this (advanced) technology and learning to use it is incredibly exciting,” she said. “The way I do time will be very different from what it was 13 years ago.”

Like other media organizations, the station has digital channels that can be used to communicate with viewers immediately.

“They don’t have to wait,” she said. “If something changes between 6 and 11 and…it’s not bad enough to interrupt programming, I have a way to communicate with people during this break.”

She is also looking forward to reuniting with her colleagues and viewers. Anchor Devin Scillian agreed.

“We’ve been good friends for so long, so of course I’m delighted to have him back in the family,” he said. “Kim is so talented and she can do so much. But her real love is weather and science, and I know we all feel she’s back in her place.

Adams said she wanted to reconnect with the public and continue sharing her life story.

“The fact that they remember me is so flattering,” she said. “It’s because I’ve shared quite a bit of my personal life.”

Twenty-five years ago, Adams was a single woman with no children Kim Adams with WDIV-TV's main news team, Channel 4. Left to right, Bernie Smilovitz, Adams, Devin Scillian and Kimberly Gills.  Photo courtesy of Kim Adams.. Now, 25 years later, she’s back in people’s living rooms.

“They saw me grow into a cancer survivor and a single mother of five. And they are with me, supporting me along the way,” she said. “It creates a bond that makes me want to work even harder to please them, to give them what they need and want because I love my audience.”


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