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Ex-KDKA meteorologist Jeff Verszyla to continue forecasting on social media

Renatta Signorini
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KDKA chief meteorologist Jeff Verszyla gets his weather show ready at the KDKA weather center studio, Downtown, Wednesday, February 3, 2010. ( Tribune-Review)

Ex-KDKA meteorologist Jeff Verszyla expressed gratitude and shared his plans for the immediate future in a radio interview Tuesday morning.

He told the Bubba Show on Star 100.7 that he reflected on his 23-year career during the weekend after breaking the news on social media Friday that he had been let go by KDKA. He read the messages viewers and others sent him on social media during the weekend and said he was “overwhelmed and humbled” by them.

“For 23 years, it’s been such an amazing ride to have the opportunity to work at the station that I grew up watching,” Verszyla said during the interview.

Officials at the station declined to comment when contacted by the Tribune-Review on Friday.

He thanked the “broadcast icons” and other coworkers — on-screen and behind the scenes at the television station — for the relationships they shared. He had some words for viewers, too.

“None of this is possible without the people that sat in front of their TV every night, turned it on,” Verszyla said, getting choked up. “I told myself I wouldn’t get emotional.”

Verszyla said he plans to stay in his hometown Pittsburgh and offer his thoughts on the weather through his social media channels.

“I’m not going to let 23 years of expertise in the weather field and meteorology go to waste,” he said during the radio interview. “It’s part of who I am and part of what I will continue to do in terms of forecasting the weather and throwing it out there.”

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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