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Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

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Localnewsisdead
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Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

Post by Localnewsisdead » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:03 am

I was just poking around Fox 17's website and noticed that they have a job listing for chief meteorologist (http://fox17online.com/2017/11/07/chief-meteorologist/). Kopecek's bio, however, is still on their website (http://fox17online.com/author/joe-kopecek/). I have't tuned in for a while so I'm not sure if Joe has been on lately or not. Regardless, either through retirement or non-renewal of contract it appears that Mr. Kopecek is done at WXMI.

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Re: Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

Post by Trophyhead » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:36 am

Quite sure that I saw Joe on the air last week.

I have not seen any examples of it recently, but 17 has asked Kevin Craig to wear two hats on the air, and produce feature content. Ty Shesky and Candace Monacelli are similarly required, I think that Garry Frank is somehow outside that use pattern, as was Kopecek.

They do right around 60 hrs. of news content a week on there, spreading the weather coverage over five forecasters to this point. Seems like "old Joe" is being shown the door, rather than moving to create the region's largest TV weather staff with six.

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Re: Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

Post by Biff » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:13 am

He was on last night. Possibly retiring quietly.
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Re: Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

Post by Biff » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:14 am

As an aside, I always like Mecklenberg but he's burned too many bridges to have a shot at being brought back.
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Re: Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

Post by larrybud » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:02 am

Mecklenberg has not burned bridges, he has nuked them.

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Re: Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

Post by inmyopinion » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:09 pm

Kopecek is leaving to take on his new business venture full-time. He is staying as long as necessary until they find the right fit for his replacement. This is not a case of him being shown the door, but simply a case of Joe wanting to try something new, that also fits better into his family life. As for Rick Mecklenberg???? Stop....just stop....

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Re: Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

Post by trevorlinck » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:28 pm

i wonder if any of the existing meteorologists were/are being considered. job posting is asking for someone who’s been a chief meteorologist, which garry frank has.

also, yeah, that’s a no on mecklenburg. he recently went ape shit (online) on a completely innocent, undeserving female friend of mine. it was astounding.

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Re: Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

Post by HD74 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:20 pm

gee, Joe's roots are in Lansing..................
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Re: Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

Post by MasterB » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:48 pm

I think they should make Kevin the Chief since he's been at Fox17 the longest or being back Peter Chang but I know that isn't going to happen. I wonder what Peter is doing now don't hear much about him anymore.
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Re: Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

Post by WMnewslover » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:43 pm

trevorlinck wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:28 pm
i wonder if any of the existing meteorologists were/are being considered. job posting is asking for someone who’s been a chief meteorologist, which garry frank has.

also, yeah, that’s a no on mecklenburg. he recently went ape shit (online) on a completely innocent, undeserving female friend of mine. it was astounding.
For heaven's sake, I hope they don't give it to Garry Frank. I don't know how he ever got to be chief meteorologist anywhere. He is horrible!! My vote would be for Kevin to step up. He has paid his dues through the years at Fox. Mecklenburg has completely lost it. Sad..he was a good meteorologist.

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Re: Joe Kopecek Out at WXMI?

Post by OneBigFan » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:23 pm

WXMI ran off Peter Chan about 5 years ago and he landed at NOAA.

Won't be surprised to see a replacement from a bottom 100 market whose bio will read that where ever they came from had weather that changed quickly blah blah blah blah blah.

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