|I think he's confused as to why WTNH is making such a boneheaded move|
My parents watched WTNH for local news for as long as I can remember, and probably long before that. Dr. Mel and Geoff Fox were the weather A-Team. There's even some stupid rumor that Dr. Mel is his father-in-law, but it's not true, and he's discussed it on his blog. Dr. Mel would tell you what to expect for the day in the morning, and Geoff would keep you informed at night.
This is a recent clip from our recent blizzard, but it exhibits his fabulous broadcasting skills. Mind you, this was the day after Christmas, and he does not work on the weekends...and he VOLUNTEERED to come in to work.
Now there is a man dedicated to his work and his viewers. You do not refuse to renew the contract of someone like that.
I understand that the whole trend in news is young and attractive, but weather people need to be exempt. I don't want my forecast from some clown who has very little training, is 2 years older than me, and looks like he spends more time at the gym than in front of a weather computer figuring out what the hell mother nature is going to throw at us. After 26 years, a loyal viewership trusts this man to give them the forecast. Now, because they can probably hire someone at half of what he's making, they're going to flush that element of trust down the shitter? Not. Cool. Hell, my parents, who left Connecticut for South Carolina three years ago have said that Geoff and Dr. Mel are the two things they miss most about this state, and the weather people down their suck. (Yes, they miss the weathermen more than me, but that's another story for another day.)
Also, the man apologized when he blew a forecast last year...how many other weather people have EVER done that?
When all is said and done, and Geoff leaves WTNH at the end of February when his contract expires (yet another measure of how awesome he is, how many people would be like "Uh, screw you, I'm out" if their employer pulled this crap?) I really, sincerely hope a local media outlet snaps him up...(Hello WFSB? Your weather department sucks, minus Scot Haney, and he's more of an entertainer than a weather man in my opinion...SNAP UP GEOFF. He and Al Terzi worked together back in the day...let's do it. - or WTIC...you've come a long way in your newscasting as of late, add a 6pm newscast, hire Geoff for weather for then and your 10:00 news and you will be steamrolling your competition.)
Also, WTNH will be losing me as a viewer in the evenings (I can't penalize Gil, Chris, or Kristen in the mornings, especially since Gil is the one decent weatherman they have left) once Geoff leaves.
There has been enormous outcry about Geoff being let go, including a Facebook page, and I really hope that WTNH and parent company LIN reconsider this boneheaded decision. In closing, I'd like to share a blast from the past-even before I graced this green earth of Geoff on WTNH. This is what these jerks are throwing away. Geoff has also mentioned on his blog that he still has the green hat.