The Goodbye From Ken Schulz

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!)

17 thoughts on “The Goodbye From Ken Schulz

  1. I used to work at WHAS11. Ken is a truly nice guy who deserved much better than this.

    Can’t wait to see the 22-year-old they bring in to replace him.

  2. Ken Schlutz can hold his head high. While most weather forecasts in Louisville are dominated by hype, he stayed professional. That was also his downfall. Who wants to bet the weather at Channel 11 will suddenly become more *alarming*? Good luck, Ken.

  3. worked with Ken, as well. Great guy (but everyone knows this). Hope he can hop onboard a competing station, if that’s what he wants to do.
    Ken’s replacement better be good – it’s not going to be easy for him.

  4. Monty was the weather guy at WBBM-TV in Chicago when I interned there years ago. Nice guy.

  5. I worked with Monty in the Air Force. He knows his stuff and is a stand up guy. Might be tough to fill the shoes of a thirty year vet like Ken, but if anyone can do it, Monty can. I’d trust his forcast with my plane any day, in any part of the country. Congrats Monty. Ken you’ll be missed! Enjoy your retirement and evenings with your family.

  6. Wow! What a surprise. WHAS has been the rock and steady, professional news and weather. Ken has become a fixture….or was. Bret Favre, and now Ken Schulz. Next thing you know we’ll have a woman and African American running for President! Good luck Ken.

  7. We compete in a business like no other. We sometimes go to ridiculous lengths to feed our egos to stay on the air. Even going as far as sniping each other on media websites. It is an extraordinary unsecure life with no true financial future surrounded by kindred spirits also grasping tightly to their own current life preserver whether that be an anchor job, reporter or in Ken’s case weather personality. Ken did a fine forecast, obviously. But his 30 years of success was due to his wit, his charm and his dedication to his craft. Belo can take away the check, that’s all. I do not see Ken often, we speak to each other only in passing. We have never had a meal together, played golf or watched a ballgame. But I along with everyone who watched him felt we were friends. I am saddend just as I would be if a neighbor or comrade lost their job due to “downsizing” or “outsourcing” or “consolidation” or another new age term that helps employers eliviate some of the guilt when they fire a loyal employee. Ken was as gracious in leaving as he had been in broadcasting and he will be missed both professionally and personally by tens of thousands who came to know him through his broadcasts. I cannot speak for the corporate mind where points and dollars signs outweigh true value. Ken is true value who brings instant credibility to that part of local broadcasting which is so important? The only part that truly effects everyone in the area, every single day! Who are these people? What kind of organization would attempt to relegate a man like that to secondary status after a lifetime of service. Belo, Clear Channel, Cox, Hearst…the list could continue but what’s the point? We have as little control over local broacasting as we do the ingredients Procter and Gamble use in their cleaning products. There is no local control and we have settled for mediocrity thus far with these corporate decisions, now it’s all we can ever expect. We have done this to ourselves. I have remained silent and stood in line for my weekly coin and watched it happen. Too frightened to speak and take a chance with losing my gig. Too big of an ego to feed without a camera and microphone. I feel as if I have sold out for a paycheck. I am sorry we failed you Ken.

  8. Down goes Schulz. Is Tom Wills next? Would make sense. Bump out the industry veteran who, like Schulz, is a no-hype, accurate forecaster. Both could be relied on for delivering facts over fear when storm systems threatened, and that seems to have cost Schulz.

    Does this mean Roedemeier and Bernson are vulnerable, too? Great straight news readers who keep the hands on the desks (I HATE ALL THE FREAKIN’ HAND GESTURES!), their voice inflection minimal and their opinions largely to themselves … like Schulz and Wills. Does this mean they’re too boring for hype-addicted viewers and in danger of losing their jobs?

    Let’s hope not.

  9. Ken was the direct link from Chuck Taylor – a true professional one who was more concerned about news than noise. – Good luck Ken enjoy your rest you have earned it.

  10. Ken was the main reason I watched WHAS. In fact, I always commented on how WHAS did a great job not looking at youth and “tanned” faces only (we’ll leave Cardosi and Belski out of this, ha!) Anyway, WHAS has just lost yet another viewer. It doesn’t matter who you bring in, I don’t care. You have put the human element in the garbage can and sold out just like the competitors. Good luck Ken and the best to your family.

  11. In most businesses, you produce solid work for 30 years and get bonus or at least a gold watch. In television, you get the ax. You know why? There’s an outcry and gnashing of teeth when longtimers are shown the door, but we as a viewing public, go right back and keep watching. Managers know this. They’re expecting the threats of “I’m never watching again” or “they’ve lost another viewer” but unless the numbers show we’ve backed up those threats with action, they look at the bottom line, smile and go home to sleep the sleep of the innocent.

  12. Ken,

    I have enjoyed your weather reports since day one. I guess my first remembrance was when you did the mornings with Wayne Perky (I think that’s right). I had a “clash” with new management and called it quits early myself. I was apprehensive, but knew it was the right thing to do. God takes care of good people so don’t worry. You can’t always say how it’s gonna be, but you surely can say how it’s not gonna be. Congrats and best of luck.

  13. We miss you! This is yet another reason to think less of WHAS for the imature and biased decisions it has made over the last few years. Good luck to you and your family.

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