Shiels told viewers on his Facebook page that he wanted to “give someone else a chance” at the station by stepping aside as chief meteorologist. WTOL says he’ll leave in the summer.
“I have been blessed with great opportunities and worked with so many talented, caring, giving people here at WTOL,” he said. “Helping you plan your lives around the weather has been a fun challenge. My favorite part of this career has been meeting you. This community is very warm and welcoming. And being on WTOL has allowed this once shy guy the chance to come out of my shell, because you all are so quick to say hello wherever I go! 🙂 I love all of you and hope to see you around through the coming years.”
Shiels started at the station in 1994 as a replacement for longtime meteorologist Charlie Umpenhour. He began his career in radio at WJR in Detroit. Since then, he’s worked at WLNS in Lansing, Mich,, KDUB in Dubuque, Iowa and WSBT in South Bend, Indiana.