The odds of storm siren Katie Horner leaving KCTV for the joys of motherhood? Slim to none…
Oh, that’s what the station said in its wondrous press release about Horner leaving. That Horner “feels she needs some additional time with her young daughters."
While that may be true to some extent, come on. Clearly, Horner likes cashing paychecks as well – who doesn’t?
If Horner has nothing to hide why isn’t she returning calls?
To elaborate on the joys of stay-at-home motherhood. She didn’t return mine for a pretty benign profile in The Hills magazine. Nor did she the Star‘s, for a news story about her leaving KCTV.
Horner’s newly-minted divorce and penchant for partying is one thing, but if all’s truly well, why not face the music?
So yeah, at this stage of the game, Channel 5 will likely try to save face and have a little fun with Horner’s departure. Like she could host a Halloween bash for frightened viewers at the Sandbar in Lawrence. The "home of the hurricane," downtown dive that puts on scary indoor tropical storms every hour on the hour.
And while a six to twelve month non-compete claus and going-away paycheck probably insure Horner won’t be taking any parting shots, inquiring minds still want to know, what’s next?
I mean, what’s really next?
"A friend of mine in Atlanta at Weather Channel says Katie Horner may be headed that way," says a local tipster. TBD by Labor Day.
Other area meteorologists say they’ve heard that rumor but aren’t buying it.
"I’d be totally surprised and shocked that she would do that," says one media professional. "The Weather Channel thing would be shocking to me because they don’t pay very much and she’s on her way to being 50 years-old. I don’t buy it."
Industry estimates that Horner is taking down around $225,000 per year could be a major sticking point.
"CNN meteorologists make about half of that," says a source.