Matt Brode is back at KVOA 4, this time as interim chief meteorologist. The University of Arizona graduate previously did KVOA’s morning weather forecasts from 2006 through February 2010. At the time Brode looked to have the inside track to become the station’s chief meteorologist whenever Jimmy Stewart retired.
Stewart, who was 68 then, hadn’t announced his retirement when Brode was offered a position at KOIN, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Ore. Left with the option of taking the offer versus the possibility of landing the KVOA job if and when Stewart retired, Brode opted to leave but said, “I love Tucson and always will.”
As it turned out Stewart, who had been at KVOA since 1990, retired the following year. KVOA wound up hiring Rob Guarino as chief meteorologist, a relationship that suddenly came to an end earlier this month over reasons that haven’t been made public, though Guarino says he is returning to the East to be closer to his children.
Meanwhile, Brode left KOIN in February this year and set out to do some traveling. By public accounts his departure was amicable and had to do with new ownership and management looking to make changes. Despite the CBS network’s national ratings popularity, affiliate KOIN has struggled in the Portland Nielsen TV ratings.
Brode never made it a secret that he liked Tucson so when KVOA found itself without a chief meteorologist, he and station officials agreed to a deal for him to take the job on an interim basis.
Although Brode is back on the air at KVOA, station officials say they are going through with their already-started search for a permanent chief meteorologist and that he is a candidate.
Brode has two degrees from the UA, one in meteorology and the other in communications. After graduation he went to work at TV stations in Duluth, Minn., and West Palm Beach, Fla., before going to work at KVOA the first time.
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A 13-year career with Telemundo KHRR 40 is ending with the retirement of local sales manager Ramon Torres. Known for the signature black cowboy-style hat he often wears, Torres was the Telemundo station’s entertainment reporter earlier in his career. Among other things, in retirement he says he intends to spend more time on his restaurant, Let’s Go Tortas. Torres started at KHRR when it was locally owned by Jay Zucker, former owner of the Tucson Sidewinders Triple-A baseball team. In 2002, Zucker sold the station to the Telemundo network, which that year was acquired by NBC. The station is now owned by NBCUniversal. Although KHRR has a local sales and news reporting staff in an office building at 5151 E. Broadway, nearly all of its programming originates from outside the market, including newscasts which are produced in Phoenix.
After 10 years, Kelle Maslyn is leaving her position as corporate affairs manager at Comcast Tucson to become director of public affairs for Arizona State University in Tucson. She says the ASU position is new as the university looks to build relationships in the Tucson region. Today (May 24) is Maslyn’s last day at Comcast. Her first day at ASU is June 3. The ASU in Tucson facility is at 340 N. Commerce Park Loop.
Jim Keyes, who has been digital sales manager for Inside Tucson Business and the Tucson Weekly, is now also the digital media revenue manager for the publications’ parent company, Wick Communications Co. In his new role, Keyes takes on the added responsibilities of overseeing digital revenue opportunities for the company’s 44 other publications in 12 states. Prior to his return to Tucson in 2011, Keyes was digital sales manager for the Santa Fe New Mexican and before that was a senior online specialist for Tucson Newspapers Inc. Keyes will continue to be based at Wick’s Tucson office, 3280 E. Hemisphere Loop.
Long-time Tucson broadcast personality John C. Scott is now the director of press information and public affairs for Tucson Greyhound Park, 2601 S. Third Ave., South Tucson. Scott, who has been the track announcer since August 2011, also continues to host his political talk show, now in its 24th year, airing from 3-5 p.m. weekdays on the Voice KVOI 1030-AM.
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