DECATUR — WAND-TV has hired Jim Kosek as chief meteorologist.
A Pennsylvania native, Kosek previously was a meteorologist for stations in Atlanta, Kansas City and Salt Lake City over about three decades.
He also worked for AccuWeather Inc., the weather service based in State College, Pennsylvania, where he gained attention for his quirky weather forecasts and delivery to stations around the country.
A 2010 video of his forecast about a Baltimore "Snowpocalypse" went viral. In a profile headlined "AccuWeather forecaster Jim Kosek's over-the-top antics make him a Web sensation,"
the Washington Post called him "Al Roker meets Sam Kinison."
He will appear on the 4, 5, 6 and 10 p.m. broadcasts.
GALLERY: A look back at Decatur-area broadcast personalities
Herald & Review, February 1990
1972: Dick Westbrook, WAND-TV news director hosts "Eyewitness A.M."
Herald & Review, May 1998
WSOY basketball broadcast
1938: Merrill Lindsay, center, WSOY general manager, announces basketball games. At right is Ben Elliot assisting with the sportscasts. Milburn Stuckwish, left, WSOY station supervisor, assisted with the sportscasts.
1965: During a talk show, Frank Bowman, right, relays a question to Leonard Dobson during the telephone question-answer segment at Midday. Dobson was coordinator of special education for Decatur Public Schools.
WAND projection machine
1953: Films and slides to be telecast are handled by William Burley, projectionist. The film is projected onto a mirror and reflected into the camera, the machine at his right. Slides are projected from the machine at right which throws the image directly into the camera.
1971: Anita Norfleet, WSOY copywriter, listens to an old radio with earphones.
1953: Top administrative and operations personnel for WTVP for a meeting include: left to right, James C. Wulliman, chief engineer; Paul Taff, program director; Harold G. Cowgill, vice president of Prairie Television Company and general manager and W. L. Shellabarger, Prairie Television, owner.
WTVP Edwin Pianka, assistant chief engineer
1953: Edwin Pianka, assistant chief engineer, is checking a huge, complicated affair of a camera. Under normal circumstances the cameraman wears earphones to receive the latest word from the director who is housed in a background room.
WTVP sales staff
1953: The WTPV sales staff checks over an account of a local advertiser. The staff, left to right, are John Crocker and Stephen French, account executives and Downey Hewey, commercial manager.
1993: Bob Murray, WAND-TV's weather forecaster, talks about the new Doppler weather radar system to a studio audience. The new system will provide instant measurement of current weather conditions for the WAND viewing area.
Herald & Review, May 1998
1955: Hank Haynes, WSOY announcer, at work.
Ashonti Ford WAND
Fultz, J.C. (James)
1955: WSOY engineer Jules Robinett dials a number on the control board and some 75 miles away WSEI, Effingham, goes on the air with no one but Robinett having anything to do with it.
WSOY record library
1955: 7,000 records and transcriptions are available for WSOY programs, a far cry from the in-person orchestras that provided the music on predecessor WJBL in 1925. James Kelly, foreground, continuity chief and announcer auditions a record for use while program director Gene Dorsey selects a transcription for a record show.