UPDATE: added a second video from Joe D’Aleo, the founding director of meteorology.
On May 2nd of 1982, John Coleman launched The Weather Channel with the help of a small army of very talented people. I’m proud to be a small part of this part of unique American broadcast history. Here’s my interview with the founder of the Weather Channel, John Coleman.
I did this interview in Atlanta, GA on April 28th, 2012 just about an hour before TWC’s unofficial 30th anniversary celebration kicked off. The first 2.5 minutes of this interview (where John described his early career and how he came to be on ABC’s Good Morning America) were plagued with audio problems (due to a bad connector) and unusable. However, the remaining portion of the interview audio is clear (though a bit low) and John describes how the ego of GMA’s lead news anchor, David Hartman and his need to take “whatever time he needed and the weatherman could have what’s left”, was the impetus to create TWC. The pioneering effort of John Coleman and the 148 people who started a highly technical, never before attempted, 24/7 live weather network from scratch is summarized in this video.
UPDATE 5/2/12: Here’s Joe D’Aleo talking about the challenges of hiring a staff when the TWC was nothing but an empty floor in a building. Plus his favorite blooper.
Interview and editing by Anthony Watts