Doug Kammerer new chief meteorologist at NBC-4
D.C. area native to take Bob Ryan's old slot
When the "dean of D.C. weather" Bob Ryan left NBC-4 (WRC) to join veteran forecaster Doug Hill at ABC-7, it left a massive hole for NBC to fill. Yesterday, the station announced it was pinning its hopes on Philadelphia forecaster Doug Kammerer who will become its next chief meteorologist in August (as reported by the Post's Lisa de Moraes yesterday). Kammerer, who grew up in Herndon, Va., joins veterans Tom Kierein, Veronica Johnson, and Chuck Bell on NBC-4's weather team.
The hiring of Kammerer suggests management at NBC-4 prioritized injecting youth into its evening news team of veterans Jim Vance, Doreen Gentzler, and Dan Hellie. Kammerer just celebrated his 35th birthday last month which will make him the youngest chief meteorologist in the D.C. area by a long shot. He is young enough to be the Bob Ryan's son (Ryan's son, Jason is 36) and younger than any of the meteorologists at NBC-4 who will be under him.
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Despite his youth, Kammerer has rapidly risen through the T.V. weather ranks - moving to larger and larger markets. He began his career in Macon, Georgia before jumping to Jacksonsville, Florida and then Orlando. He arrived in Philadelphia in 2003 where he first worked at the NBC affiliate there before moving to CBS-3 in 2007.
"I am extremely excited to be coming home to the Washington, DC area to work for one of the best television stations in the business," Kammerer told TVNewsCheck.com. "I have worked my entire career and most of my life to make it back to Washington as a meteorologist at NBC 4, and I hope to continue the long-standing excellence that WRC is known for."
NBC-4's General Manager Michael Jack (reported to be leaving the station yesterday) appeared similarly excited, saying: "We are thrilled to have someone with such a deep interest in science join our already-esteemed team of meteorologists, Tom Kierein, Veronica Johnson and Chuck Bell."
Kammerer holds a bachelor of science degree in meteorology which he earned from Northern Colorado University. He also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal from the American Meteorological Society.
Tom Thurnstrom, who runs the weather blog Phillyweather.net, emailed the following to the Capital Weather Gang in response to a request for a critique: "Kammerer's pretty popular around here and has a pretty good reputation in town with the locals. I think his forecasts were pretty reliable in general . . . In terms of delivery, he's pretty personable and doesn't seem overly rehearsed . .. I think DC folks will like Doug."
Thurnstrom remarked Kammerer's most notable moment in Philly may have been breaking up a fight between long-time meteorologist Glen "Hurricane" Schwartz and Vince Demintri (a former reporter) when Kammerer worked at NBC-10 in 2006.
You can catch a sneak peak of Kammerer as he reports from a science fair in the Philadelphia-area last year and delivers a weather segment:
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