Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The TV Return of Troy Kimmel


Central Texas winds are blowing meteorologist Troy Kimmel back to an Austin television station once again, at least for a little while. Kimmel is taking over the weekend weather at KEYE-TV (CBS) starting immediately, Saturday (May 23, 2009). Megan Campbell, KEYE’S weekend meteorologist and environmental reporter for the past couple of years, is returning home to Tennessee to pursue a job there, according to Suzanne Black, KEYE news director.

“Troy is widely recognized in the Austin area as an excellent meteorologist,” says Black. “He has agreed to come back and help us out while we conduct our search. And we’re excited to work with him again.”

The last time you actually saw Kimmel was on KEYE from 2000 to 2003 on KEYE TV. You may have been hearing Kimmel for several years since he is the chief meteorologist for Clear Channel radio stations in Austin, KASE-FM, KVET AM & FM, and KFMK. Kimmel announced he is returning to KEYE this morning on KVET FM’s “Bucky and Bob Show” (98.1) where Kimmel presents the weather forecast and joins in the ongoing conversations. “It’s going to be fun,” Kimmel says. He is also a senior lecturer for Studies in Weather and Climate at The University of Texas, which is ironic since he is an Aggie.

Kimmel, a San Marcos native, grew up on Central Texas weather. He claims to have watched me as a kid when I doing weather at KTBC TV (Then CBS and ABC since KVUE TV was not on the air yet) in the early 1970s. (Now, I really feel ancient!) Kimmel’s first broadcasting gig was at San Marcos radio station KCNY. He did weather at KBTX TV in Bryan-College Station while getting his BS in Geography at Texas A&M. After graduation he landed the weekend weatherman job at KVUE in 1983. He also worked weather at KTBC TV and KSAT TV (ABC) in San Antonio in the 1990s, before returning to Austin to work for KEYE.

“I’m excited about being back on the air with Judy and Ron,” Kimmel says. He was part of a ratings-rocking team with Judy Maggio and Ron Oliveira at KVUE in the 1980s. Kimmel will fill in week nights for KEYE chief meteorologist Susan Vessell while she is on vacation in June.

Now, all that is needed for a total reunion is to bring back Hugh Lewis to do sports!

© Jim McNabb, 2009

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