Back from the weather dead … with apologies
On Dec. 23, 2011, I faded to black. It’s a television term that means basically an ending of a show, or, in my case, the ending of one’s television career. Fox 29 and I parted ways on that day as I rode off into weather oblivion, never to be seen again on local television news.
It was painful and scary, as I was transported into an unknown abyss. It was a pure free-fall with no parachute, no ripcord, just a fall straight down from what at one time was the very highest of meteorological mountains. I had achieved my childhood dream, after having set the bar very high by aspiring to one day become the meteorologist on CBS2 in New York on the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. I lived the dream and more.
I considered myself very blessed and fortunate, this kid who came from nothing, bad neighborhood, no money, just a dream. The executive who helped pave my way to New York also led me back to Fox television in Philadelphia. His name is Dennis Swanson, the president of station operations for Fox television station groups. When my career unceremoniously ended, I felt not only had I let myself down, I had let down my daughter, my newsroom, respected colleagues, fans ( I had a few), but especially
Dennis for failing as a trusted newsroom leader. For this I apologize, as I have nobody to blame but myself. Sometimes you just need to listen and keep your mouth shut. I failed miserably at that. Fox, NBC and CBS all gave this kid an opportunity of a lifetime to live out my dream and for this I will always be grateful and now humbled.
You might be wondering why I’m bringing all this up now. Well, this past week I filled in on an upstart TV news station located in New Jersey called SNJ Today News. It opened up a flood of memories, as it sent me back in time when I was simply ecstatic just to be in a newsroom. It took me back to my roots. It reminded me just how much I miss it. Sometimes I wish I was that kid from Long Island who had this dream. … Those were the best days of my life.