Today’s forecast: A chance of dismal showers for TMJ4 viewers as regular weatherman Brian Gotter announced he will be retiring from television this fall.
“Crazy TV schedules, working late for storm coverage, holidays and weekends…you know all of that when you start, but it starts to weigh on you over the years,” Gotter wrote in a Facebook post announcing his retirement. “My family is everything to me, and missing out on big family events and the kids’ school stuff and games isn’t what I want to do anymore. Ali was 1 when we moved to Milwaukee and now she’s going to be senior, and Austin starts It goes too fast and I missed it so much.
“With all of this, I can’t thank TMJ4 enough over the past 16 years. They brought me home and gave my family a great life. For that, I’m forever grateful. To say we watched TMJ4 when we lived in Fond du Lac… who knew I would be working there years later. As a kid I always told my parents I would live in Milwaukee… I loved the city and I loved it. love it even more now that I’ve been there for 16 years.
Gotter is stepping away from television after an impressive 26-year career, beginning with stints in Oklahoma, Wausau, Jacksonville and Minneapolis before landing in Milwaukee and TMJ4 in 2006. At 16, TMJ4 marks his longest TV spot – and now it’s his last.
“Thank you for trusting me and allowing me to come into your home everyday and be part of your family,” Gotter wrote. “It’s a huge privilege. I may not be on your TV anymore, but I’ll still see you around town. I’m not going anywhere.”
Indeed, while Gotter’s time on TMJ4 and on television is full, his work is not. After his official retirement this fall, Gotter will take up a full-time position with the Midwest Athletes Against Child Cancer (MACC) Fund — what he calls in his post “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…a dream job.” Gotter previously held a position on the MACC Fund Board of Directors and as President, before stepping down to take on this new role within the organization.
“I’ve been involved with them since I started at TMJ, and our relationship has grown from me hosting events, to hosting my own events, to serving on the board of administration,” writes Gotter. “Every time I see Jon McGlocklin and President Becky Pinter, I tell them I want to do more, and here we are…and we’re just getting started.
“To all the kids and families I have met over the years…thank you for inspiring me to do more. Thank you for making this my passion and my motivation. researchers can find a cure for this terrible disease very soon so that other children and families do not have to suffer.”
Gotter and his predictions are not gone yet. At the time of writing, there’s no specific date set for its official final airing, but Gotter is expected to stay with TMJ4 until the fall – so stay tuned for more updates. And for more on Gotter’s impressive career, check out our Milwaukee Talks with the Weather Pillar from 2014.
Finally, congratulations to Brian Gotter on his years of great work in television, congratulations on his well-deserved retirement, and to him stepping out with plenty of sunny forecasts this summer and fall.