BUFFALO FORECASTER SHOWN THE DOOR AFTER 25 YEARS

Another quarter-century run is over and out at Tegna’s WGRZ in Buffalo, NY where veteran weather guesser Kevin O’Connell is out.

Contract negotiations ended rather abruptly after O’Connell testified for a law firm whom he had endorsed on its website.

Although not identified by job title in the endorsement, O’Connell’s quote (since removed) evidently caused some squirming in the front office.

This is not a total surprise.

The station has been grooming Patrick Hammer, his likely successor, for the past two years.

One question: Did the station not know that O’Connell’s quote was on the website until recently – or was it just a card that was to be played only when expedient?

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