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WRC loses president, gains weatherman

Washington's NBC TV station, WRC has lost a general manager/president - but gained a chief weatherman!

Michael Jack, general manager/president of Washington's NBC station WRC has been named to the same title at NBC's flagship TV station in New York, WNBC.

Jack had been the station's gm/prez since 2002. Though he's assuming the same responsibility for WNBC, it's considered a big promotion since Washington is the country's No. 9 ranked TV market and New York City is No. 1.

NBC, which owns both stations, was mum in re who's replacing Jack in Washington. Jack's expected to meet with his WRC staff Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the TV station announced Monday Doug Kammerer has been named its new chief meteorologist and will start work in August.

A native of Herndon, Virginia, Kammerer is replacing longtime chief meteorologist Bob Ryan, who, after 30 years at the station, exited last February after he and the station could not agree to terms of a new contract, reported The Post's Paul Farhi back then. (Ryan landed at Washington's ABC station, WJLA, last month).

The guy Jack's replacing in New York, Tom O'Brien, had only had the job since 2008. But O'Brien's been named executive vice president of NBC Local Media and this too means changes are in store for WRC.

O'Brien will be responsible for launching new digital channels across the company's TV-station division. At WNBC, O'Brien launched NY Nonstop digital channel - a round-the-clock local news/information/lifestyle channel - and he's going to apply that same model to the other TV stations owned by NBC - including WRC. WRC used to produce a 24-hour digital weather channel called Weather Plus, which had regular live updates, etc.But since NBC-Universal purchased The Weather Channel in late summer of 2008, that channel has been pared down.

WRC also has a digital Universal Sports channel. But both the weather channel and the sports channel are not programmed by WRC -- both are programmed by NBC corporate. If the new channel uses the WNBC model, it would be produced locally.

Under Jack, WRC hung on to its position as Washington's local news leader, despite NBC's plunge in primetime - including this past season's late-local-news-killing "The Jay Leno Show" experiment. Under Jack, WRC also managed to grow the audience for the station's morning and early evening newcasts this past May, year-to-year, by double digits, including 51 percent growth at 5 a.m. This was owing in part to the replacement of "Early Today," produced by the network, with a 4:30 a.m. local newcast , which improved that timeslot by 41 percent.

Before joining WRC in '02, Jack had been president/gm of the NBC station in Columbus, OH, and vice president of sales for the NBC-owned Los Angeles TV station for three years.

Kammerer, meanwhile, has spent the last several years working in weathercasting across the Philadelphia TV landscape. This includes gigs at that market's CBS station KYW-TV; The CW Philly, the NBC station WCAU-TV; and the MyNetworkTV (formerly UPN) station WPHL-TV.

Before that, Kammerer worked at TV stations in Orlando, Jacksonville, and Macon, Georgia.

"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," the now ex-GM of WRC, Michael Jack said in Monday's announcement.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  June 7, 2010; 1:51 PM ET
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Comments

Doug grew up in Herndon and has considered this his dream job since grade school. If anybody can replace Bob Ryan, it's Doug Kammerer. Washington DC should prepare to be impressed (and finally have somebody who not only understands the nuances of DC weather, but also has a firm grasp on all the new tools to predict it better than anybody else)!

Posted by: nathanaevans | June 7, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Ditto what Nathan said. Unfortunately, I don't live in the D.C. area any more, but I will let friends and family still in the area know of WRC's excellent decision to include Doug Kammerer in their family.

Posted by: jimmylacaria | June 7, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

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