One of the cold facts of broadcasting is that people who are a familiar presence in our homes sometimes disappear without any explanation to the viewers.
It happened to Channel 12 (WISN, Milwaukee) weekend weathercaster Lance Hill, who signed off for the last time nearly two weeks ago.
“Ten years of building relationships, and they couldn’t afford 10 seconds to say goodbye,” says Hill. “Literally, I said that to my news director.”
But he was told not to refer to his departure in his final forecast.
I sat down with Hill on Thursday afternoon to talk about his departure from Milwaukee’s ABC affiliate.
“I think the position, overall, just ran its course. Weather is something that will always be a part of my life. That’s what got me into television. But the position was changing into more of a general assignment reporter, and doing more reporting than actual weather.” More…