GREEN BAY – Brad Spakowitz Doesn’t Leave WBAY-TV entirely, but viewers will see it much less, including in front of the weather map.
After breaking the news on Monday on his Facebook page Of his desire to step back from a full-time role at the station, the longtime Channel 2 meteorologist delivered his latest scheduled forecast on Tuesday’s 10pm show.
Spakowitz, who has been with WBAY for 28 years over two separate stays, will no longer be a familiar face on the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows. Instead, viewers will be able to catch him in a part-time role that turns him on.
He will continue to do his “Three Brilliant Minutes with Brad” Monday through Thursday on the 4:30 pm show hosted by Chris Roth. Spakowitz introduced the science and astronomical stories segment in September when this newscast debuted.
He will also occasionally help cover extreme weather conditions and do behind-the-scenes work for the weather service, according to his Facebook post. He wrote that he could also do science and environmental reports and replace other vacationing meteorologists.
âMaking that decision to downsize and paint my career in a different job or in different areas has been difficult because I love the weather and I love doing the weather but at the end of the day I’m just exhausted. . I just feel exhausted â, he told Jeff Alexander from WBAY for a retrospective on his nearly 40-year career in meteorology.
Spakowitz first announced to the station’s management in January that he intended to end his television career this summer. âSimple reason: pure burnout,â he wrote on Facebook. But âafter several great meetings with the management of WBAY, I decided to stay a little longer, but in a new role.
A native of Pulaski and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Spakowitz first worked on TV weather with WLUK-TV in Green Bay. He worked there for seven years before joining WBAY, where he spent another seven years before moving to become the chief meteorologist at WISN-TV in Milwaukee.
He returned to WBAY in 2000 and eventually became the station’s severe weather specialist, providing forecasts for the past 21 years.
Meteorologist David Ernst, who has worked for WBAY since 2017, has been promoted to evening news broadcasts.
Meteorologist Keith Gibson will make his WBAY debut on the 4 p.m. TV news Wednesday and will also do weather on weekends. He previously worked for WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi, but is familiar with winter weather from his work at stations in Rapid City, South Dakota and Bismarck, North Dakota.
Chief meteorologist Steve Beylon will continue to work on “Action 2 this morning” from 4.30am to 7am on weekdays. Meteorologist Cruz Medina stays on weekend mornings and some midday TV news.
Spakowitz’s semi-retirement is the latest in a series of departures by veteran TV personalities from the Green Bay / Fox Valley market over the past year.
Evening anchor Erin Davisson retired from WFRV-TV after 32 years in August 2020 at age 62. Kevin Rompa, the original morning presenter at WBAY, retired at 59 in March, also after 32.
Kris Schuller retired earlier this month after 28 years at WFRV. âWhy now? Well, I’m just ready. I’ve survived two cancer attacks, I’m 61 and can’t wait to see what happens, I’m waiting to find out. really that simple, âSchuller said in his ad.