WEATHER AS SOAP OPERA

In what is possibly the worst-kept secret in the soap opera that surrounds the status of Rochester, NY’s tv meteorologists, Stacey Pensgen has been hired as a meteorologist at Hubbard’s WHEC.

Her hiring comes about two weeks after she announced her departure from Nexstar’s WROC.

She’ll join the station the week of Aug. 5.

Pensgen will make her first on-air appearance Aug.12 and anchor forecasts weekdays at 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m.

What we DON’T know for certain is whether Pensgen is actually replacing Jeremy Kappell in the role of chief meteorologist at WHEC.

Kappell was fired in January after an on-air segment in which he referred to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park as “Martin Luther coon King Jr. Park.”

Kappell said he jumbled his words; the station characterized the utterance as a racial slur.

He is suing WHEC over his dismissal, saying it violated the terms of his three-year contract and has resulted in lost wages and emotional distress.

Kappell also applied to become Channel 8’s chief meteorologist in May after WROC’s parent company, Irving, Texas-based Nexstar Media Group, posted the job online, even though Pensgen still held the title.

As of Wednesday, Channel 8 had not announced its choice for a new chief meteorologist.

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “Days of Our Lives.”

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