1. Weatherman to Podcaster: The Inspiring Story of the Legendary Fritz Coleman #320 Marc Miller - Career Designer for Career Pivot 31:15


In this episode, I am speaking with the legendary Fritz Coleman who went from being the weathercaster for NBC in Los Angeles from 1982 to 2020 to co-hosting Media Path Podcast with Louise Palanker in 2020. Fritz has an inspiring story to tell that you need to hear.

This is from his Wikipedia page:

After growing up in Radnor, Pennsylvania, he attended Salem University in West Virginia and Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied radio, television, and film. Like many popular weather anchors, he serves as a reporter instead of a meteorologist since he doesn’t have a degree in meteorology.

He worked as a comedian and disc jockey for several years and as radio personality “Jay Fredericks” at WBEN and later WKBW in Buffalo, New York. He left Buffalo for Los Angeles in 1980 to work as a stand-up comic. In 1982, he began work as a weekend weatherman at KNBC and became the weekday weatherman in 1984. He also hosted or appeared on a number of other KNBC shows, such as “It’s Fritz” (1988-1990) and “What a Week” (1990 – 1991).

He has written and performed two one-man theater acts, titled The Reception and It’s Me! Dad! He received the 2004 EMA Community Service Award for his involvement with KNBC’s 4 Our Planet, a children’s program. He appeared in a supporting role in one of Raymond Burr’s last Perry Mason television films, The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host, in 1993.

He received a “thanks” credit on the film Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, an “alternate film” companion to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

From 2009 to 2011, Coleman also did the weekday weather (in addition to KNBC) for San Diego’s NBC affiliate, KNSD.

On June 17, 2020, Coleman announced that he would retire on Friday, June 26 after almost 40 years at KNBC.

I think you will find Fritz’s story quite entertaining and more importantly inspiring.

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