By Alan Pergament
After a six-month search, Channel 4 has hired a meteorologist who local viewers may recognize through his appearances on national television.
According to multiple sources, Channel 4 News Director Joe Schlaerth told a staff meeting late Wednesday that the station has hired Todd Santos, an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel.
In addition to that national job, Santos has appeared on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC doing weather.
He will be filling the vacant weather team spot that was open in March when Amelia Segal left to work for a station in Washington, D.C.
It is unclear which news broadcasts Santos will work, though it would be hard to imagine he would leave a national position to take a weekend shift.
That leads to speculation that he might go to mornings, where Mike Cejka returned after Segal's departure.
According to Santos' biography on The Weather Channel, the native of Bristol, R.I. spent four years as a meteorologist at a station in South Carolina before working at NBC and MSNBC prior to coming to The Weather Channel in 2009.
He joins Don Paul, Bryan Shaw and Cejka on Channel 4's weather team.
Schlaerth is expected to shortly officially announce the hiring of Youngstown, Ohio anchor Teresa Weakley to the staff. She has told her present station, WKBN in Ohio, that she is going to join WIVB-TV and the station already is is advertising for her replacement. WKBN and WIVB are both owned by LIN Media.
I suspect the delay in announcing Weakley's hiring is over paperwork or concerns that a last-minute snag may occur. It remains unclear whether she will co-anchor in the morning, at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekdays, or at some other time.
However, it makes sense for her to team with Jordan Williams and Santos in the morning, and for Diana Fairbanks to return to the evening anchor positions she held before moving to the mornings in January.
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