KGMB's weatherman is heading back to Ohio


POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Morning meteorologist Jeff Booth will anchor his last Hawaii forecast on KGMB-TV+ May 20, the last day of the Nielsen rating period, as he and his young and soon-to-grow family are heading back to Ohio.

“;My daughters are 8 and 5 years old now, and we have another baby on the way. My wife and I feel this is the best time to move closer to our families,”; Booth said in a statement.

Booth started at KGMB in 2004 as a weekend weather anchor and weekday reporter and became a full-time weather anchor with the debut of “;Sunrise”; in September 2007.

“;We appreciate everything he's done for us. He has been a huge key for the success of 'Sunrise,'”; said News Director Chris Archer. “;This is obviously a very important move for Jeff and his family. ... Family does come first.”;

Booth's impending departure was among the factors behind the help-wanted listing for a chief meteorologist posted on Craigslist in March, Archer said.

“;We always want to have a game plan and always be ready for the next move. This was one way of trying to solicit the most qualified candidates for the job,”; he said.

Broadcast meteorologist certification, which Booth has, was not a listed as a requirement.

The station received 50 to 60 resumes and audition videos “;from a wide variety of candidates,”; including “;some incredibly qualified candidates we didn't even think were available,”; he said.

Booth's successor will be named next week.

In the meantime, the morning news show will have various celebrities appear “;to see if they can take Jeff's job,”; but “;the tryouts are more fun than anything else. We know who we want to replace Jeff in the morning,”; Archer said.

Separately, KGMB will air a 30-minute special on the late Bob Sevey at 6:30 p.m. Monday, a day Mayor Mufi Hannemann will proclaim as Bob Sevey Day in Honolulu, according to a station announcement.

Sevey, long retired, died of cancer in February following a 32-year career in Hawaii radio and television, 20 of them as the top-rated KGMB evening news anchor.

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Social networking through sites such as Twitter, Facebook and others can be vital to success, said Darling, recently ranked No. 24 among the Top 50 Women in Social Media.

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Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin. Reach her by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).