We’ve reported on February 19th that Ken Schulz was being forced into retirement by station management. Schulz, a well-loved fixture at WHAS11 for having done the weather since 1978, today publicly acknowledged his departure.
He just gave his emotion-filled goodbye speech on the 5:00 P.M. newscast.
Here it is:
Before you continue on with the news I’ve got to share some news with you (pointing to the camera) and with you.
Some of you know that over the last 30 years that I have been employed here at WHAS-TV 11– 30 years, incredible number right there. Even more incredible is that my original plan was to stay three years and leave, so, why did I change my mind? Well, it has a lot to do with the institution here at WHAS-11, the people, and you, the community.
The decision to stay was never a hard one nor one that I second guessed. Now, I am faced with another decision and I have given it considerable thought. I have talked at length with my wife Cindy(sp) and management here at WHAS-TV who actually tried to entice me to stay. But I am announcing tonight my retirement from from WHAS-TV.
My last day on the air will be May 21st, the six o’clock show, so make sure you are tuned in then. Just as you have been tuned in for the last 30 years and I can’t tell you how much I have appreciated that and how much I want to thank you. I want to start that right now by saying thank you for that.
Now, two other things: This is April 1st, this is not a joke, I am not kidding. The second thing is: I won the office pool, I beat (pointing) Roedemeier out the door. So Melissa, Rachel, Doug: Pay up! It’s all going to (unsure what he said here) retirement.
After finishing, Ken was given a pair of giant yellow sunglasses by Melissa Swan and he laughed it up.
Rick will have more on Ken’s forced departure tonight/tomorrow. He’s busy being a coach or whatever it is that parents do. (The nerve!)