By Scott Pickey
WWAY NewsChannel 3 News Director
It's not very often that we as News Directors get to announce happy news about homecomings. But today I do. Chris Phillips, former Chief Meteorologist here at WWAY, is rejoining our team!
But you won't see him in the weather center this go-round. No, this time, Chris will be up to his eyeballs in actual "News" reporting on important stories around the area, asking tough questions, getting to the bottom of things and looking for answers to the issues you want solved. As a former scientist moving into the sometimes scary realm of journalism, this will be a huge challenge for Chris. It's a conversation we had many times as he and I talked with about coming back in this new role. But Chris guaranteed me he's up for it and I guaranteed him I would always support him as he makes the transition.
As we continue to improve, grow and re-tool WWAY NewsChannel 3 to meet the needs of our viewers and users, I feel Chris is the perfect addition to the team at this time, and predict he will make a huge impact on the future of this television station.
And now, as they say, a few words... from Mr. Phillips:
I'm back but not at the same old job. Did you ever think you would have a chance to re-invent yourself? And how would you do it? Well this unusual opportunity has recently come to me.
I am back at WWAY TV where I served as Chief Meteorologist for the past five and a half years. If you are a regular viewer, a very studious regular viewer you know that I started anchoring the news exactly one year ago. Just a little, some fill in here, a show there. Well, I like anchoring. It is something new and exciting for me.
Weather is great and working on air here at the coast through storms, hurricanes and all sorts of weather has been the highlight of my career. I wouldn't trade it for the world. But after a total of twenty years of doing the weather a little change looks like a refreshing thing. I am currently in the WWAY news room polishing up old skills and learning new ones, getting ready for my new career.
I have been in talks with management here since I left and THANK YOU, your letters and support have been felt by all of us. Now I am ready for the next phase in my career, I will be bringing you the news here at WWAY and of course continuing to do live broadcasts and public appearances to see many of you.
Keep watching and let me know what you think. And again, thank you so much for your support.