OMW hears that WOIO/19 "19 Action News" morning weather forecaster/meteorologist Bruce Kalinowski has done his final forecast for the Raycom CBS affiliate in Cleveland.
We're told that Bruce stepped down, quietly, after his final report during the station's noon news on Friday. We're also told that the station did not intend to renew his contract, which expires in just over a month, and that he was given the option to exit the station today.
As far as we know, this is an exclusive, as we are told Mr. Kalinowski did not "say goodbye" on the air, or make a big deal out of it as a TV "pro".
One piece of Bruce Kalinowski trivia, which you may know: Before coming to Channel 19, the Northeast Ohio native - who went to Kent State University - was an 18-year forecaster for the Atlanta-based Weather Channel, using the on-air name Bruce Edwards.
We'd forgotten the length of his tenure at the cable channel, or his official title ("Director of On-Air Meteorology"), until we read his "Action News" bio, which mentions all that.
But we remembered the use of the name Bruce Edwards for the Weather Channel.
Like WJW/8 veteran news anchor and now talk show host Robin Swoboda, Bruce started using his real name when he returned to Cleveland.
Ms. Swoboda was known as "Robin Cole" when she worked in Miami, if we remember right, and was advised by locals that her given name would go over well in a city like Cleveland...