KVUE meteorologist Jared Plushnick leaving at week’s end

KVUE weekend evening meteorologist Jared Plushnick is leaving the station at the end of this week, bound for Tennessee.

Plushnick, who joined KVUE in 2014 after working at the NBC affiliate in College Station, announced on Facebook that he’s been hired to be the morning meteorologist at WKRN in Nashville.

His final broadcast will be Friday, when he fills in on KVUE’s 11 a.m. newscast.

From his Facebook post: “To all of our loyal viewers…. I want to say THANK YOU for being the best! It is bittersweet that I announce that this will be my final week with KVUE. I have enjoyed each day working here and living in Austin. My wife and I made many life long friends. Texas will be very close to our hearts. Also, you….our fans, viewers, supporters have made my time here incredible.”

Jared Plushnick (KVUE photo)

KXAN adds meteorologist to its weather team

Natalie Ferrari (KXAN photo)
Natalie Ferrari (KXAN photo)

There’s been yet another meteorologist switcheroo at one of Austin’s TV stations.

This time, it’s at KXAN, where Natalie Ferrari signed on over the holidays, handling weekend morning weather.

Ferrari arrives from KBTX, the CBS affiliate in Bryan/College Station. Before that, she spent time at a station in Abilene.

With her arrival, Rosie Newberry, who had been KXAN’s weekend morning meteorologist, slides to weekend evenings. Mark Monstrola vacated that spot when he took a job at the Fox affiliate in Denver late last year.

Ferrari’s hiring is the latest in flurry of weekend weather shifts at local stations in the past year. Newberry, for instance, arrived here in January 2015 from Columbia, Mo.

Over at KVUE, weekend evening meteorologist Lynae Miyer left and was replaced by weekend morning meteorologist Jared Plushnick. Plushnick’s replacement on the Saturday and Sunday early-bird shift is Nathan Gogo, who comes from Waco’s CBS affiliate.

KEYE added meteorologist Collin Myers to its weekend lineup after Jordan Steele shifted to the station’s weekday morning newscast and Fox-owned KTBC hired Chelsea Andrews to replace Scott Prinsen, who, like Miyer, left the TV business.

Got all that? Good.

KVUE hires new meteorologist

Nathan Gogo (Twitter photo)
Nathan Gogo (Twitter photo)

KVUE’s weather team is back at full staff with the addition of a new meteorologist.

Nathan Gogo – yes, that’s his real name – has joined the station and will handle weekend morning weather duties, executive news director Frank Volpicella said.

Jared Plushnick, who had been working that shift, moves to weekend evenings, replacing meteorologist Lynae Miyer, who signed off earlier this year, telling viewers she was getting out of the TV news business.

An Iowa State University graduate, Gogo arrives in Austin after spending the past year and a half at KWTX, the CBS affiliate in Waco. Prior to that, he worked for a station in Hastings, Neb.

“Nathan has experience forecasting the weather in Central Texas,” Volpicella said. “We are pleased that he has joined our team of highly trained meteorologists who are trusted in providing timely weather information for our viewers and readers on air, online and on our digital platforms.”

KVUE hires new weekend morning meteorologist

Jared Plushnick (photo courtesy of KAGS)
Jared Plushnick (photo courtesy of KAGS)

The KVUE weather team is once again fully staffed.

The station has hired Jared Plushnick to handle weekend morning weathercasts, according to executive news director Frank Volpicella.

He replaces Ilona McCauley, who signed off in late August.

Plushnick didn’t have to travel very far for his new gig. He arrives in Austin after three years as chief meteorologist at KAGS, the NBC affiliate in College Station.

Both KAGS and KVUE are owned by Gannett.

This summer, KVUE hired Lynae Miyer as its weekend evening meteorologist. She took the place of Andrew Chung, who has been helping fill in the gaps while the station worked to get fully staffed again.

Also worth noting: Mark Murray, KVUE’s chief meteorologist, marked 24 years at the station this week. Congrats, Mark!