Tuesday, July 27, 2010

KCBS/KCAL Makes Weather Team Changes

KCBS/KCAL is going an unusual route with its chief meteorologist gig. That title is normally reserved for a station's marquee 5/6/11 p.m. weathercaster -- but instead, the KCBS/KCAL duopoly has named morning meteorologist Josh Rubenstein to the post.

Rubenstein will take on KCBS' weekday morning 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. weather reports.

"We are very pleased to have a weather team that features experienced and popular broadcasters with deep roots in Southern California and a shared commitment to being the very best at what they do," said KCBS/KCAL president and GM Steve Mauldin.

"We are especially proud to recognize Josh Rubenstein for his many years of service and leadership, both on the air and behind the scenes, by naming him our chief meteorologist and having him serve as our new leadoff hitter," he said. "We love the idea of having our most experienced weather expert on the air first thing in the morning when Southern Californians are planning their days."

Jackie Johnson continues to serve as KCBS' evening weathercaster, having replaced the retired Johnny Mountain. Rubenstein had replaced Johnson on KCAL's primetime news; now, new hire Evelyn Taft will take the KCAL primetime job.

Meteorologist Henry DiCarlo will now move from weekday mornings on KCBS to the weekday afternoon newscasts on KCAL and Kaj Goldberg will continue to serve as KCBS and KCAL's weekend weathercaster.

KCBS/KCAL also announced that Whitney Drolen has joined the KCBS on-air team as the station's morning traffic reporter.

Rubenstein has been with KCAL since 1997-- prior to CBS' acquisition of the station.

"I approve of the changes," said Young Paul Magers.

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