Rich Apuzzo Out At Fox 19
Look for an immediate change in the weather at Fox 19: Rich Apuzzo was fired today.
Apuzzo says he was told this morning by WXIX-TV managers that he was being terminated immediately. He had been off the air for a week, while management was "looking into something."
He would not elaborate, but says the termination was not a complete surprise. GM John Long would not comment on the personnel matter.
Apuzzo says his departure "is something I'll need to dispute in some way." Again, he would not elaborate.
Apuzzo, 44, was one of the two original members of the Fox 19 anchor team which debuted in October 1993. (Jack Atherton is the sole survivor.) He was second in tenure (to Ch. 12's Tim Hedrick) of all the main TV weather forecasters here.
Paul Horton did the Sunday night weather instead of Apuzzo.
On Monday, Apuzzo says he called 5, 9 and 12 to see if they were interested in him. He wants to stay in town, and says he would be willing to do weekend, while ramping up his weather consulting business and his Web site, www.apuzzoweather.com
"Am I despondent or upset? No. I've been fired once before, and I look at these things as opportunities," he says.
"I don't have to be a chief meterologist. I could do weekends. I want to stay in town. I don't plan on leaving."
So what do you think about that? Here's a chance to buzz about a different station's weather personalities for a change...