Tom Skilling weathers 35 years at WGN

Tom Skilling

Tom Skilling

Thirty-five years ago today — Aug. 13, 1978 — meteorologist Tom Skilling joined WGN-Channel 9. Chicago’s weather has never been the same.

Arguably the most popular figure in local television, Skilling, 61, last year signed a 10-year multimillion-dollar renewal to continue as chief meteorologist for the Tribune Broadcasting station. Though believed to be the highest paid local weatherman in the country, he remains as humble and down-to-earth as anyone who’s ever stood in front of a camera.

“I have marveled at the support I’ve received from my viewers all these years — at their loyalty and kindness,” he told me shortly after his renewal. “We are nothing in our line of work without those who offer us the gift of taking time out of their busy days to grace us with the honor of checking out what we do and what we have to say. I’m beyond words over the whole thing.”

Happy anniversary, Tom!

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