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Interview with Dagmar Midcap’s replacement Markina Brown

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Broadcast news is almost like the military. Many people’s careers involve moving from city to city every few years, always hoping there is a point where they can truly settle down. Markina Brown isn’t unusual that way.

She has been at TV stations in Lansing, Mich., St. Louis, Cleveland, Chicago and Los Angeles. Now she lands in Atlanta, her first Southern stop.

Brown replaces Dagmar Midcap, who left last month in the middle of her contract for personal reasons. (The sad story is here.)

Brown started her job last week, October 11 and was supposed to start on air this past Monday. But by last Wednesday, she was already champing on the bit and got started for the evening news. “This isn’t my first rodeo,” she said and the equipment was the same she used in L.A. and Cleveland.

In an interview this week, Brown had nothing to say about the Dagmar situation and was cautious across the board. But what is there to say? She’s replacing a popular weather reader and can only do her job and hope for the best.

Like many folks, the Detroit native has relatives here, including her dad’s mom and dad’s sister. Coming to Atlanta and WGCL-TV was an easy decision for her after she was let go from a Los Angeles station in August following a management shift.

“It’s the lay of the land,” she said of her L.A. ouster. “It’s what we signed up for. You take it. You keep it moving.”

She’s quickly learning the metro Atlanta geography and how to pronounce cities such as McDonough. She’s enjoying the weather contrasts already here in Atlanta in the fall. “It reminds me a lot of Cleveland in some ways,” she said.

Brown is a meteorologist (unlike Dagmar, who had Cris Martinez do the heavy lifting). She knows the science. She has the degree. She originally started in Lansing and was thrown in weather. She got to enjoy it once she started taking classes. “I never thought about doing weather at all” before that, she said.

I asked her if she had learned any particular lessons at various cities. “Each station has been able to teach me in some kind of way,” she said. (She is definitely not one to burn bridges.)

She doesn’t mind being at a station that has struggled over the years with ratings and turnover in both management and on-air talent. The strong CBS prime-time lineup has helped bolster its 11 p.m. newscast, which often finishes second only behind Channel 2 Action News, the ABC affiliate. “We’re becoming more recognizable,” she said.  “It’s just a matter of time.”

Brown is married but wouldn’t provide details of her husband or what he does for a living. She has no kids but two dogs.

UPDATE: Yes, I did just pluck that photo off the Web. Here’s the photo that was attached with the original WGCL press release:

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117 comments Add your comment

jarvis

October 20th, 2010
1:26 pm

I miss the sweater.

Webster Riverside

October 20th, 2010
1:34 pm

She is Hotter that Dagmar ever was!!! Welcome to Atlanta…

ExNuYawker

October 20th, 2010
1:44 pm

Wouldnt provide details about her husband? Rut Ro!!! She wont last long here.

HOT

October 20th, 2010
1:50 pm

Ghost

October 20th, 2010
1:52 pm

GOOD replacement for Dagmar CBS!

Comment Here

October 20th, 2010
1:52 pm

WOW. I am impressed HELLO.

D

October 20th, 2010
1:53 pm

Her husband is truly blessed…she is fine as Hell!

Comment Here

October 20th, 2010
1:54 pm

I want to join HER facebook and twitter not you Rodney.

Dag Who?

October 20th, 2010
1:54 pm

Dagmar isn’t a meteorologist! WTH did we need her for? Eye candy? Gimme a weather report from a real meteorologist! Good riddance to Dagmar.
Markina Brown has credentials and looks. Thank you very much..

meg

October 20th, 2010
1:54 pm

The slutty glam shot is a sure sign of her professional qualifications. I apply for all jobs with my photo like that.

D

October 20th, 2010
1:57 pm

@Meg; what a hater….you WISH you were that pretty!

levelhead

October 20th, 2010
1:57 pm

Waiting to see her and TRACEY doing a news cast together NICE!!!

Comment Here

October 20th, 2010
1:58 pm

Meg:

Your insecurities are showing.

Rodney – we need more pictures.

ACE

October 20th, 2010
1:58 pm

MEOW!!! She is absolutely beautiful,

ACE

October 20th, 2010
2:00 pm

@Meg, jealous much?

smokemonster

October 20th, 2010
2:04 pm

So has she been on WGCL-TV yet?

ACE

October 20th, 2010
2:05 pm

GOOGLE IMAGES SEARCH MARKINA BROWN

alphadog

October 20th, 2010
2:05 pm

MEG, “slutty glam shot”?? Provocative, yes. But slutty? Please… if you got like that, and it helps your career, go for it.

ACE

October 20th, 2010
2:06 pm

@Meg-can we see some of your slutty photos?

Big B

October 20th, 2010
2:06 pm

Rodney it’s “champing at the bit” just thought you should know.

Webster Riverside

October 20th, 2010
2:06 pm

Question for Meg,
Were the pictures of Dagmar with those tight ass sweaters slutty glam shots as well? And what makes the picture on this article slutty? I know slutty and that ain’t it…

southside steve

October 20th, 2010
2:07 pm

Id hit it ….YEAH CMON

jay

October 20th, 2010
2:08 pm

Meg please stop hating maybe in your next life you”ll come with some colour. If Markina Brown were a blonde you’d say she was a bombshell.

Skizzo

October 20th, 2010
2:08 pm

Honestly,

She’s been here since Oct 13th.

I DON”T LIKE HER.

She doesn’t smile as much and doesn’t look happy to be up there. She just brushes through the weather with no true excitement nor true enthusiasm.

She may have the 13 years experience CBS boasts about, but I do not look forward to see the weather in the afternoon cause Markina is dull and non-engergetic.

I miss Dagmar

bob

October 20th, 2010
2:09 pm

It sounds like someone is fat….MEG

Bob

October 20th, 2010
2:09 pm

Another reason Atlanta will eventually end up just like Detroit…another import from the North to satisfy the demographic here… a real professional presentation as well…good grief…!!!

Ms. Madd

October 20th, 2010
2:09 pm

someone’s a lil insecure and her name is MEG!!!

bob

October 20th, 2010
2:10 pm

@Jay

Nice racist comment.

Ms. Madd

October 20th, 2010
2:11 pm

Yeppers

October 20th, 2010
2:14 pm

too bad she doesn’t look like this on tv.

JRP

October 20th, 2010
2:17 pm

Very pretty girl (woman)..Can’t figure out what is so “slutty” about this picture though Meg..

@ExNuYawker..A lot of people that are in the public eye, don’t share a lot of info on their spouse..

Wish her all the best here..

kentavo

October 20th, 2010
2:18 pm

Maybe she’ll dress according to the weather – hello bikinis in Julyl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SMH

October 20th, 2010
2:19 pm

Welcome, Markina, to Atlanta–where there are open gays and closet racists! Before the “gay-bashing” backlash begins, I am not bashing gays. I am pointing out the irony of the current dynamics of this city’s population. A little over 45 years ago, there were closet gays and open racists. Now, let the backlash begin!! :-)

Bonqueshia Shequitha SheNaeNae Quartavious Jefferson

October 20th, 2010
2:23 pm

She very pretty but her pictur look like she be in a porn movie.

Kevin

October 20th, 2010
2:24 pm

Rodney, is that seriously the head shot she provided to you?

Yes, she’s attractive. But it’s pretty classless, IMHO, to introduce yourself to your new town with a bedroom-eyes photo.

Southern by Charm

October 20th, 2010
2:26 pm

Funny how KTLA let her go but they still have her BIO on their website. Guess they second guessed themselves on that one….

Webster Riverside

October 20th, 2010
2:31 pm

What a racist city we live in. It’s sad that no matter what the conversation is about it always comes back to race. People hating other people because they don’t look like them. She is a pretty lady period, Dagmar is a pretty lady period. If you don’t like her delivery fine that’s cool and ok to comment on but come on people don’t we get tired of this black white stuff. Damn….

Dagmar's Gone

October 20th, 2010
2:34 pm

Markina’s vaseline-greased lips are disgusting. Jennifer Valdez should have gotten the job.

Cici

October 20th, 2010
2:37 pm

I can’t say if Meg is jealous or not but I get her point. Maybe it could have been stated in a less snarky way. The pic doesn’t fit the jobdescription. It looks like a modeling pic and would be fine for a modeling or acting job. But for someone reporting on the news, you usually expect a more professional look. Although Dagmar never looked very professional. Sex sells and WGCL is milking it for all it’s worth. The article introducing her a couple of weeks ago showed a much more professional, albeit not as glamorous picture. Either way, she has the meteorology credentials that Dagmar didn’t so she’s already proven to be more than just a pretty face.

Jaye

October 20th, 2010
2:39 pm

Big B, Rodney was right, you are wrong, it is “chomping” at the bit!

NotHatin

October 20th, 2010
2:41 pm

It’s not that she’s slutty, but her picture is very different than other broadcasters’. She’s a pretty woman, but I’ve never seen a meteorologist without a suit or dress shirt (not sheer!) on in a professional picture. Usually, they are more conservative, but perhaps she’s different. Is this a professional pic? Still, from one Detroiter and former news reporter, welcome to the ATL!

frank

October 20th, 2010
2:44 pm

boooo… we want dagmar

One Thing

October 20th, 2010
2:44 pm

I think Jennifer Valdez needs to go on the P90X training. Thoughts?

DEWSTARPATH

October 20th, 2010
2:47 pm

- Meg’s opinion was terrible, but what about Bonquisha’s @ 2:23 pm
or “Dagmar’s Gone” ? There’s nothing wrong with the photo. Same thing
can be seen in a Macy’s or Target catalog in the Sunday paper.

It’s harmless. Welcome to Atlanta, Markina.

DEWSTARPATH

October 20th, 2010
2:49 pm

- Still wish Dagmar all the best, though.

Kapoonka

October 20th, 2010
2:49 pm

@Bob..Jay told the truth @Meg..it must just be you @BSSQJ…grow up…. @ yeppers..bet you have a face for radio

So here comes a professional to do a job, and all some folks have to say is negative stuff. I think it’s mature for her not to include any info about her husband…what would that add to the story? She took the high road on all questions where she could have taken a shot at prior employers. I’ll check her out, and see how it goes. Welcome to Atlanta!

Mr.Producer

October 20th, 2010
2:51 pm

Well hello there Mama……

GetYourDVRready!

October 20th, 2010
2:53 pm

LOL @ Meg’s comment on a very tasteful (AND BEAUTIFUL) pic! LOL even harder @ jay making it a race thing…

I figured kids would still be in school at this time of day- how are they commenting?

Renae

October 20th, 2010
2:55 pm

Is she a meteorlogist or a Playboy bunny? Each article the AJC has run about her comes with a picture that is very inapporiate. I’m glad I don’t want CBS.

Mr.Producer

October 20th, 2010
2:58 pm

It’s getting hot in here…….