In a move that I doubt surprises anyone, WESH on Tuesday named Tony Mainolfi its new chief meteorologist, effective immediately. I believe he is just the third chief meterologist in WESH’s 50-plus year history, joining an elite group that also includes O-Town legends Charles Stump and Dave Marsh.
"Tony is a skilled meteorologist and a natural leader," WESH ND Barbara Maushard said in a news release. "He has proven in every recent severe weather event that he knows how to accurately forecast and aggressively cover Central Florida weather.
Tony will effectively lead the WESH 2 Weather Plus team of meteorologists in our commitment to providing accurate daily forecasts and the best severe weather coverage — anytime, day or night."
Prior to joining WESH, Mainolfi was the chief met at WCHS in Charleston, W.V., for nine years. He also worked for several years at The Weather Channel in Atlanta.
Said Mainolfi: "I look forward to stepping into this new role at a television station that places such a high priority on weather. Our No. 1 priority is to prepare and protect our viewers. And when big weather events happen, WESH makes a station-wide commitment to inform and safeguard everyone in Central Florida."