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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published May 05 2013

Weather Talk: Looking back at first day of work at WDAY, in 1985

Monday, May 6, 1985, was my first day at work at WDAY-TV. I was a young meteorologist with a little less than one year of broadcast experience since graduating from Iowa State in 1984. I was given three days to learn the computer graphics system we were using at the time, which was not difficult owing to the 1985 technology.

My first broadcast was at 6 p.m. on May 9, when I joined the team of Marv Bossart, Maureen Zimmerman and Ed Schultz. My second night, there was an outbreak of severe thunderstorms and no time to look back.

Twenty-eight years later, I can remember very few details from those first days here. I do know that I had no specific plan for how long I would make Fargo-Moorhead and WDAY my home. Three years maybe? How could I have seen the future?

My hair was dark brown then and a lot thicker on top. Twenty-eight years has left me looking a little weathered, I suppose. But I still love the daily challenge of forecasting and broadcasting at WDAY.


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