By most accounts former KMBC TV “weatherman” Joel Nichols truly is a really nice guy. Yet after a quarter century at Channel 9 doing the weather and oddball, odd hour celebrity interviews, the baby-faced newsie is o-u-t.
As for a rumor started New Year’s Day by former KC media blogger John Landsberg that Nichols may rejoin his old boss at Channel 41… mere speculation. Landsberg confessed as much in the comments section following his scoop that caught the rest of Kansas City media (me included) snoozing.
The concept of Nichols doing weather at KSHB seems a reach.
For starters, “He doesn’t really know weather,” says one television news source. “And he owned that – he said that he didn’t.”
Nichols comes from the era of smiling, chatty weathermen and women who were ubiquitous in the 1970s and 1980s. However those days have mostly faded to gray. Today’s ultra competitive TV weather-scape all but requires a degree in meteorology.
The bottom line: don’t expect Nichols to resurface doing the weather on Channel 41.
“But he could join the morning show or do news on the station,” says the source.
There’s no shortage of rumors as to the reasons behind Nichols departure from KMBC.
For starters the station is on record as having offered him a deal to stay. Unfortunately they are lead by talk that he may have been offered far less money and forced to move from mornings to evenings, requiring Nichols to put in a full, daylight hours workday.
Scanning the local media landscape, it should be noted that while KMBC has scrubbed Nichols from its website, his Facebook page for the station was still alive and kicking today.
I guess you could call it alive.
However the last entry was last summer, indicating that Nichols may have had a window into his departure from the station for some time. The last post on June 5th by fellow Channel 9 newsie Kris Ketz said:
“Today is the 25th anniversary for Joel Nichols at KMBC….and he never whispered a word to any of us about this day. He is the cornerstone of First News…and he’s one of the biggest reasons why KMBC 9 News is what it is today. Congratulations Joel Nichols.”
Too bad that’s not how the brass at KMBC appears to have viewed Nichols.
In any case, now he’s gone and the betting money is Nichols is looking for a morning gig or whatever he can get at another local television station.
A message on Nichols blog site says it was taken down by its owner. And with only 300-or so likes on his Facebook page for the station, it’s little wonder that either Nichols or the station forgot to kill it off.
The sad reality: Even TV news baby faces grow old and attracting younger viewers is still the name of the game.
Maybe Nichols should have accepted Channel 9’s offer.