Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 22, 2010

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Metro Detroit is losing its weather chief. After 45 years in the business, Jerry Hodak, the beloved chief meteorologist for WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) is retiring. His last day is Thursday. "People on the street call me chief," says Hodak, who traces the term of endearment back to his colleague and friend, anchorwoman Diana Lewis. "Chief meteorologist is such a mouthful. She just shortened it and it caught on. Now people love calling me that. "And I will never forget that viewers feel so close to me that they call me chief. How great is that?" This is just one of the many memories Hodak says he will take with him when he steps down. He has worked at the local ABC affiliate for 33 years, which means he has a heart full of fondness. Before coming to WXYZ, Hodak won the trust of viewers while working at WJBK-TV (Channel 2) when it was a CBS affiliate. He worked there 12 years. The stint was briefly preceded by a weather job in Orlando, Fla., where he cut his career teeth. "I never wanted to leave Detroit," says Hodak, 68, who was born in Providence Hospital and graduated from Denby High School and, later, Wayne State University. "It's a dream come true. So many people are not fortunate enough, at least in this industry, to be able to spend their whole career in their hometown and be close to family and friends. It's wonderful. I wish everybody could do it." Saying goodbye will be bittersweet, Hodak says... Jerry Hodak wraps up 45 years on Detroit television (Wed, 9/22)

 

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