The weatherman who’s inspired an indie rock band’s name and legions of fans who could care less about the forecast is headed to GMA.
Via ABC president David Westin‘s internal welcome memo:
From: Westin, David L.
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 3:32 PM
To: #ABCTV News ALL
Cc: Sweeney, Anne X.
Subject: Sam Champion
I am happy to announce that starting September 5th, Sam Champion of WABC-TV will join the GMA family as our new weather anchor. Sam will also serve as weather editor of ABC News. Sam is an excellent forecaster with years of experience on a wide range of weather stories. He will be based in NYC at our Times Square Studios but expect to see him reporting on weather for various broadcasts. His professionalism, warmth, and humor make him an ideal addition to our now complete morning team. I would also like to thank Mike Barz, who has been doing a wonderful job as our interim weatherman. Mike will continue to contribute to GMA as a feature correspondent. With our weekend team of Bill, Kate, Ron, and Marysol, and our weekday lineup of Diane, Robin, Chris, and now Sam, GMA is in great shape for a very competitive fall. Please join me in congratulating Sam and welcoming him to ABC News.