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Jerry Jackson to wrap up 16-year career at WWAY


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- After 16 years helping southeastern North Carolina through hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, droughts, floods and so much more, Jerry Jackson is heading up the coast.

Jerry has accepted a new job as chief meteorologist at WNCT-TV in Greenville.

"My decision to move to a larger television market was difficult," Jerry said. "Our viewers have been so supportive through the years, and the staff of WWAY are my friends. However, the position at WNCT will allow my family to move closer to home. My wife recently accepted a full-time position as biology instructor with a nearby university. After much prayer and consideration, this is the right move for us."

Jerry started at WWAY in 1998 after graduating from NC State. He became morning meteorologist in 2006 and was promoted to chief meteorologist in 2010.

"I could fill five pages with WWAY memories, many of them quite humorous," Jerry said. "I once covered a snowstorm at the Wilmington airport, and the antenna mast froze on our live truck. We had to use a broom handle to knock it back into place. Of course, I remember the darker moments, including the unprecedented flooding of Hurricane Floyd. But most memories are pleasant. I particularly enjoy meeting with college graduates who once toured our WWAY studios in kindergarten."

Colleagues say Jerry has been a tremendous asset to the WWAY team.

"Jerry's been on air longer than almost everyone in the station's 50-year history," said WWAY interim news director Kevin Wuzzardo, who shared the Good Morning Carolina anchor desk with Jerry for more than three years. "I think most of us here, like many of our viewers, thought Jerry would always be here, because he's become so much a part of us. But life is all about timing, and when you look at the opportunity for Jerry to move to a bigger market and be closer to family, all you can do is wish your friend the best. For those of us here and at home watching, Jerry has been a tremendous friend. He's so much more than just a meteorologist, and we will all miss him dearly."

Jerry's last day on air at WWAY will be Aug. 15. The station hopes to name his replacement very soon.

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Jerry Jackson

I only started watching your station just a few months ago and it was because of Jerry Jackson. I liked his style and how he presented the weather news. I miss him and wish him well.
I must admit I don't accept change very well, but will try my best to adjust to Scott Dean who appears to be doing a good job.


Such a class act. The Cape Fear region was blessed to have you all these years.

Jerry leaving WWAY

I just wanted to say goodbye to Jerry. I've watch you come up the ranks and you are a genuin person with humble attributes. There have been times I thought you got the short end of the stick at WWAY, yet you were always humble and kept giving your best. I wish you well and God's blessings to you and your family.

Best of luck Jerry

We have watched you for over 10yrs.. Share posts on Facebook!! We wi truly miss you here in BSL but very happy for you and your family!!!



Hi Jerry

Jerry we have really enjoyed the 16 years with you on wwaytv3 you will really be missed god bless you with your new job love you friend

Best Wishes To Jerry Jackson, Chief Meteorologist

I have loved your weather forecasts, Mr. Jackson.
You are the best weatherman ever!

Best wishes in Greenville. Our family enjoyed the Look Back
that Marcy Cuevas put together.

Thank you for 16 years of excellence in weather!!

Sandy Fox and Family

Jerry, will miss seeing you

Jerry, will miss seeing you on WWAY3! I will get to see you for a little longer cause I now live in Jacksonville NC & I can watch you on WNCT for a few months!! Going back to Wilmington first of year!!!! That's our home !!! Wish you all the best in Greenville!

So long Jerry

Well we didnt cry the day Kaitlynn spilled her milk on yall new set ,so we cant cry today.You will be missed but we really enjoyed working and knowing you BEST OF LUCK to you and your family.The Robbins family Stormtracoker Southport ,NC

Jerry's departure

We are going to miss you Jerry. Your weather presentation style is the best! You are precise and easy to understand. Best wishes!

Best wishes!

A wonderful person, great friend, and number one meteorologist... That is you Jerry! Matt and I want to wish you the best at your new job in Greenville. My most wonderful memories of you at WWAY though are: you taking the time out to come to Wallace Elementary to educate our kids about weather, teaching my scout den about what it is like to be a meteorologist, and let's not forget, you having to turn my students and I away from our field trip at the station due to close by tornadoes! ;). Boy, you hated having to do that, but you wanted to keep us safe. Thank you for your hard work at WWAY both in the station and out! May God continue to bless you, Sharon and Connor!


Heather Ratliff

Jerry - Thank You

Just want to wish you the BEST of the BEST with your future, and to thank you for your service to the general public. Your informative forecasts helped myself and my family plan for the bad AND the good weather. You will be missed, but you will definately be a huge asset to the new station that you will be working for. Thanks again !!! and Good Luck !!!

Congratulations Jerry

Daddy and I are very proud of you...we know you will be successful no matter what. We will miss seeing you on Channel 3, and will miss as well the many good folks that you worked with there. God bless/best wishes to you, and likewise to all of the staff at WWAYTV3. Thank you for giving Jerry his start! Christopher and Jerry Jackson (Sr.)

I learned a long time ago....

When Jerry Jackson's forecast varied from the NWS forecast, put your money on Jerry.

You will be sorely missed, sir!

good by.

Short and sweet,,,
You will be greatly missed.....

Good luck!

You will be deeply missed.

You will be deeply missed. You have a very gentle personality, are extremely knowledgeable, and I wish you every happiness with your new employer. I hope they realize what a gem they have in you.

Best of luck, not good-bye

Dear Shannon (Jerry): You have meant so much to my family, we cannot say good-bye. Thanking you for all you've done, would take days. We so appreciate the hours of your time that you selflessly sacrificed to teach Steven. We also always appreciated each and every accurate weather forecast - outdoing all other sources (in Shannon we trust). We wish you, Sharon and your family happiness and success in your new city- they don't yet know how lucky they are to have you. Wilmington's loss is Greenville's gain.The Dilley and Roemer families.

Thank You For The Memories

Jerry we have trusted you since day one! We will miss you and only hope the very best for you and your family!

Jerry Jackson-"Thank You for staying up late with us tonight"

Jerry, I want to say a heartfelt "thank you" for all those late night news weather forecasts you gave us by starting out with "Thank you for staying up late with us tonight". The first time I ever heard those words come out of your mouth, I must confess and say that I really wondered about this "hayseed", and wonder how long he's going to stick around this community of mostly transplanted "yankees". I've often found myself joking with my wife and family, friends, etc., by speaking those same words (albeit it good natured humor, and not mocking). I no longer live in Wilmington, but visit relatives frequently, and can't tell you how much we look forward to coming in, and turning on the news just for the purpose of hopefully hearing you give the forecast. You no longer say those words (at least when we see you), and I can see the immense growth in you and your delivery (sure do miss you giving that missive, however). You are a fine young man, and a class act, and we are so going to miss you. (I have no doubt that my wife would probably run your fan club if you had one). Blessings to you, and your family and much success is our wish for you. It will be nice for you to be able to be closer to "home", but rest assured that Wilmington's loss will be Greenville's HUGE gain!


We are losing the best local weather person hands down! What a professional and likable person Jerry Jackson is.
All the best to you and your family!

Jerry Jackson

Just wanted to say to Jerry, you are an outstanding meteorologist and congratulations on your new position. We rate you right up there along with the likes of Sam Champion and Ginger Zee. You are definitely the very best in this area and we want to thank you for sharing your weather knowledge with us and wish you and your family all the best in your future. You will be sorely missed!!!!

Best of luck

I wish you all of the best and know you will be incredible in any market. I enjoyed working with you so many years ago. You are one of the few people I have worked who has stayed in the business and I so happy for you.

All the best to you and Sharon.

Karen Schradin Ladley

JJ Leaving

Greenville Jerry! Holy carp! Why, why, why? Now we are stuck with "Howard Cosell" on channel 6! Geez! Seriously, good luck Jerry! I too will miss that drawl. Don't ever change it, I don't care who says so!

Geez, Jerry, guess I'll be

Geez, Jerry, guess I'll be looking for you and your mosaic when I visit family in Greenville. Wish you and yours all the best!

Jerry Jackson

Say it is not so! We will miss you greatly! We have watched you grow up! Thank you for the years of dedicated service. Wishing you the very best! Charlie and Theresa Ring, Wilmington, NC

Jerry's weather reporting...

reminds of the weather report in the movie Doc Hollywood...smooth with a Southern drawl...very nice.

glad you coming home

We are proud of your many accomplishments and wish you the best in Greenville. So glad you and your family are coming home!!!

Aunt Sue, Gary, Kristen, Heather, Bradley, Maysa

My Sincere Thanks

I want to thank all of you for the kind words. Your support through the years meant so much, and I will miss my extended broadcast family.


Jerry Jackson

glad you coming home

Hey Shannon

We are so proud of your accomplishments and wish you the best on your next journey. Your family is very glad you, Sharon and Connor are coming home!!.

Aunt Sue, Gary, Kristen, Heather, Bradley and Maysa

Missing Jerry

Jerry, We will sure miss you. you always did a good job.