Veteran Weathercaster Happy To Do Part-Time at WGRZ in Buffalo


By Andrew Gauthier Comment

The Buffalo News

Maria Genero Maria Genero has been doing the weather morning, noon, night and weekends on Channel 2 lately, so it is time to clear up her cloudy situation. She confirms that she has signed a two-year contract with the NBC affiliate to do the weather on a part-time basis.

“It’s a perfect fit,” said Genero. “Permanent part-time. I couldnt be happier.”

In essence, she is getting the open spot of full-timer Chesley McNeil, who left Channel 2 to join a sister Gannett station in Atlanta. Channel 2 saves half a salary in the new weather department organization. Andy Parker, a full-timer who had been the primary weather backup, took over for McNeil in the mornings. Autumn Lewandowski is a part-timer doing weekends. Kevin O’Connell, a full-timer, remains the lead weather anchor. As a part-timer, Genero will do weekend mornings and fill in when the three other staffers are on vacation or off. More…