KY3, the dominant number one television station in Springfield, Missouri is looking for its next full-time meteorologist. This legacy station located in the Ozarks has long excelled at severe weather coverage and leads the region when it comes to regional and national awards. Our ideal candidate will love covering weather on-air both at the station and in the field. We want someone who is experienced, has a great on-air personality and can work with the news director and other meteorologists on forecasts that are urgent and future driven. You will work as part of a five-member experienced and passionate weather team to cover all aspects of the four seasons in one of the most weather-diverse cities in the nation (actually voted that!). We do forecasts for a 24/7 weather channel, the NBC, ABC and CW affiliates, radio, our website and two weather apps. Every month, our weather app is rated amongst the top two in the nation for page views.
This position at KY3 is unique in that a lot of your time will be spent not only on-air, but streaming weather specials and extra content. Weather coverage is our top priority and we want your expertise on all our platforms. You will work with the news director to come up with unique weather specials and interviews viewers would like to see on Roku, AppleTV, YouTube TV, Amazon Fire, our weather apps and website. We will train you on how to effectively run your own OTT space so that you are up-to-speed on next-gen technology ahead of other television meteorologists. If you love technology, this is the place to be as we also have three IBM weather computers with all the bells and whistles and our own station radar. When not doing a weather forecast or specials for on-air/streaming, you would help with weather cut-ins as well as tape weather stories and explainers. You would also help us put together several weather specials a year, and plan/attend our annual Safe and Sound community event, and weather tour.
KY3 doesn’t just work for the community, but strongly believes in maintaining special staff support. We have monthly staff lunches, employee of the month awards, baking contests (hope you make great cookies, chili or pies!) and even a committee that helps plan these events.
Since you’ll have a life outside of work (that’s important to us!), you’ll want to know the Ozark Mountains are famous for their stunning beauty and outdoor recreation. We have multiple lakes and rivers for water sports and fishing; hiking, zip-lining, spelunking, hunting or enjoying tourist sites and towns like Branson.
Springfield, MO has one of the lowest costs of living in the nation. Don’t believe us? Calculate it here: https://www.nerdwallet.com/cost-of-living-calculator
The Springfield community is a close-knit one. You can see more about it by visiting here: https://liveinspringfieldmo.com/
If you are contacted for an interview after applying for this position, ask about the special bonuses we are offering for the right candidate!
If you are great on-air, but do not have your meteorology degree yet, please send us your reel of you doing weather. We might be able to work out a deal! People who have worked in this role have either stayed in the Ozarks or moved on to much bigger markets. We give you the tools, training and feedback to succeed.
Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Must have the ability to prepare and deliver daily futurecast weather forecast using weather data and computers
• Must be able to handle several tasks at once by yourself, especially during severe weather
• Must have a strong understanding of meteorology
• Must have flexibility to work any shift; including nights, weekends, mornings and holidays. Must be available to come to the station when necessary for severe weather coverage and be willing to work long hours when needed
• Help develop innovative and creative new graphics and ideas for your weather presentation and present in a creative fashion with emphasis on telling a weather story
• Must be able to create maps and graphics for weather presentation
• Be willing to learn or posses a broad working knowledge of the viewing area, including the people, places, things, history, names of towns and must learn all counties names and shapes in our coverage area
• Critique, feedback and training are a part of this job
• Must be willing to research, gather, write, edit and when necessary shoot weather stories for on-air and online/streaming in the most accurate, appealing, timely and creative way using all sources. Must be a visual storyteller and perform creative stand-ups and live shots when reporting weather in the field
• Must be willing to train and use the OTT desk, how to do Engage videos and all aspects of our website and app updates.
• Must be willing to report live on the scene during severe weather if needed
• Attend, host and speak at all community events and schools as approved or requested by the news director
• Must be willing to work as a team in the weather department and in the news department, including help during breaking news
• Follow all clothing and appearance guidelines as set by the news director
• Perform other job duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in meteorology or a related field is preferred
• Experience in television weather is a must
• Prefer 3-plus years’ experience as a meteorologist
• Basic experience with both weather and newsroom computer systems is preferred (ENPS, WSI MAX, Engage videos, radar)
If you feel you’re qualified and want to work with a great group of people go to https://gray.tv/careers#currentopening, you may type in the job title, station call letters, or click on “apply now”
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