Channel 7 names Rexroth as next chief meteorologist
WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit has announced that Dave Rexroth will become the station's Chief Meteorologist, replacing Jerry Hodak who will be retiring in September. Rexroth will move to Action News' evening broadcasts at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, and 11pm starting late September.
Rexroth joined WXYZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, in 2000 after working as a meteorologist at WFOR-TV in Miami, Florida where he covered Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Harvey. He also worked at WRBG in Albany, New York, and WOI in Des Moines, Iowa.
Rexroth says his interest in weather started at an early age. He grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, in the heart of tornado alley. "I remember as a child hiding under my dad's workbench in the basement during storms and I got hooked."
A physics graduate from Luther College in Iowa, Rexroth went on to earn a master's degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Chicago where he studied under Ted Fujita, who developed the F-scale for tornado strength.
In 2007 and 2008, Dave won the Michigan Association of Broadcasters award for "Best Weather." He also received an Emmy Award in programming from the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.
"I could not think of a better choice for Chief Meteorologist than Dave Rexroth. His comprehensive weather knowledge and personable style make him the ideal choice to succeed our legendary 'Chief' Jerry Hodak," said Ed Fernandez, Vice President and General Manager of WXYZ-TV. "For nearly a decade, the viewers of Southeast Michigan have come to know Dave and his engaging weather presentations in the mornings and I'm certain they will continue to welcome him into their homes at night."
"It's been my lifelong goal to be a weatherman and a Chief Meteorologist," said Rexroth, "and with the changing weather in Michigan, there's no better place than here, and no better station than WXYZ."
WXYZ announces coverage for 2010 Woodward Dream Cruise
WXYZ-TV plans exclusive coverage of the 16th annual Woodward Dream Cruise, the world's largest one-day automotive event. Channel 7's "Woodward Dream Cruise" will be broadcast live on Saturday, August 21, from 7-9 p.m. An encore presentation will air Sunday, August 22, from 8-10 a.m.
Channel 7 anchors Stephen Clark and Diana Lewis will be at the heart of the action from a home base stage just south of Duggans Pub on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak. The show will also feature reports from Mary Conway, Carolyn Clifford, Don Shane, JoAnne Purtan, Dave Rexroth and Christy McDonald, who will be talking to cruisers and checking out their classics at locations all along Woodward. The program captures the nostalgia of the cruising era of Woodward, and profiles the collectors and car enthusiasts whose passion for the automobile has created and defined Detroit's car culture.
"The Woodward Dream Cruise speaks to the very heart of Detroit and it's passion for the cars it builds," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ-TV is proud to be the exclusive television partner of the Cruise as we celebrate Detroit's rich automotive tradition."
WXYZ-TV will also broadcast Action News live from Woodward Avenue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning.
Due to coverage of the Dream Cruise, WXYZ will move ABC-TV's coverage of that evening's NASCAR race to digital subchannel 7.2 where the station normally airs the RTV network.
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