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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

TCB

October 20th, 2010
2:58 pm

Dagmar & Markina both are HOT!!!

Greg

October 20th, 2010
3:01 pm

Correction, Rodney. “Most folks” do NOT have relatives in Atlanta. Most African-American folks, perhaps. She does look very pretty in the pic but not professional for her chosen profession.

Mr.Producer

October 20th, 2010
3:04 pm

Greg,

Wait a minute. Don’t tell me. She forgot to wear the tight sweater. Damn………

Come on son

October 20th, 2010
3:05 pm

…setting DVR…

DEXTER

October 20th, 2010
3:07 pm

Markina if you are reading this, I want you to know that I would make love to you CONSTANTLY.

Pebblebeach

October 20th, 2010
3:08 pm

I hate wigs…

Russ Minshew

October 20th, 2010
3:10 pm

Plunging in to the teens!

Bridgette

October 20th, 2010
3:12 pm

I am sure that she did not provide this picture to be used along with her introduction to the Metro Atlanta Area via the AJC.

NEXT….how many of you have already voted?

Mr.Producer

October 20th, 2010
3:13 pm

Renae-
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.

Renae, Please……CBS don’t want you. And yes she can be my little bunny, U silly rabbit…….

Shannon

October 20th, 2010
3:18 pm

Rodney, we really would like to know who provided that pic. I notice that it’s one of the first Google images to come up. If she or the station provided it to you, that’s some evidence of bad judgment somewhere.

Mr.Producer

October 20th, 2010
3:18 pm

Pebblebeach-

I hate wigs…

Evidently you have flipped your wig…….

Gman

October 20th, 2010
3:22 pm

Let’s be real here people. We want our weather girls HOT! We don’t want them looking frumpy. And if she’s actually qualified, that’s just icing on the cake. Now, I know I’ll watch the weather!

Whatever

October 20th, 2010
3:22 pm

Skizzo and Meg,

You sound like two not so attractive but jealous women… Envy green does’nt look good on you…

I am with the majority of the group… SHE IS HOT!

LM

October 20th, 2010
3:23 pm

Job description? Porn? Slutty? Import from the North? Satisfy demograhics? What is all this mess? This lady has 2 degrees and is qualified to do the job, so what’s the problem? Dagmar is an actress (got paid, though)and when she was here it was sweater, sweater, and sweater!

Eraserhead

October 20th, 2010
3:23 pm

Welcome to Atlanta!

CJinAlpharetta

October 20th, 2010
3:26 pm

Whoa! She’s a “reader” and not a “meteorologist”? How many other “readers” and non-meteorologists do we have doing the weather on the TeeVee in the ATL?

joe

October 20th, 2010
3:28 pm

I hope she watches footage of Dagmar and adopts her “fashion” sense…esp. tight low-neck sweaters…

Scotto

October 20th, 2010
3:31 pm

The headshot photo included in the article is available on-line when you do a Google image search of Markina. My guess is that Rodney simply pulled this photo and included it in the article. I doubt very seriousy that Markina actually included it in her professional portfolio when interviewing for the job so let’s give her a break.

Viewer32190

October 20th, 2010
3:31 pm

The only pic WGCL could find for this new anchor is one that looks like she is posing for playboy? I guess when your a distant 3rd in the ratings you have to do whatever you can.

AtlD00D

October 20th, 2010
3:32 pm

Hmm. Why does Ms. Brown look so orange?

SeenThisB4

October 20th, 2010
3:33 pm

Weird that Atlanta is getting another black person on TV… That’s weird.

Eddie43

October 20th, 2010
3:39 pm

I thought it was interesting that on Monday, at the end of each weather update she finished with a “back to you” because she apparently did not know the names of the anchors. She did that each and every time on Monday to the point where it was laughable. WGCL management must have already gotten on her case because yesterday on Tuesday, she must have said Jaquitta’s name 30 times!

seemore's mom

October 20th, 2010
3:45 pm

The minute I looked at that picture, I knew she was a “weather girl”. I am sure people will be tuning in just to listen to her weather. I am not jealous, but if this is the shot that she is using to promote her on doing the weather……….. I thought maybe she was one of the new Housewives of Atlanta, she looks like she would give NeNe a run for her money,

Shabba

October 20th, 2010
3:48 pm

@ Meg… A slutty glam shot? Are you out of your mind!!! You can barely see her shoulder!!! It’s obvious you probably look like a slobbering hula bear!!!! Also, I don’t know how to say this eloquently, but hopefully the fellas on this blog will get what I’m mean when I say “Damn her husband”… No offense Markina. This article was about a well educated talented and well deserved professional meteorologist. Not to mention she’s hotter that fish grease!!!!

E

October 20th, 2010
3:48 pm

@MEG Get real! That’s not slutty!! (I smell hater-aid)

seemore's mom

October 20th, 2010
3:49 pm

The picture on the WGCL TV website is nothing like the picture above. The Atlanta Journal Constitution (Rodney, shame shame shame) put this picture up probably to grab your attention and give all of us something to talk about. Guess it worked. boo

smokemonster

October 20th, 2010
3:57 pm

They should do the weather together….You know what i mean. HAHA

James Gumm

October 20th, 2010
3:58 pm

I’d like to keep her and Dagmar chained up in my basement.

Boom Dizzle

October 20th, 2010
3:58 pm

Yessir……..

Ned Puddleman

October 20th, 2010
4:02 pm

“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.”

Good Lord, please go back up North where you belong. Lewis Grizzard is rolling over in his grave.

D

October 20th, 2010
4:17 pm

Boom Dizzle@3:58, Shabba@3:48 and Mr. Producer@3:18…..you bruhs got it right; hit the nail on the head! lmao..

Bo Diddley

October 20th, 2010
4:21 pm

Some of the comments on here show why the masses are so easily misled. You see a story, you see a picture and you assume (as Meg @ 1:54 did) that she used these pictures to get the job. Those photos are from modeling shots she did. The AJC found them and posted them with this article. She has professional headshots that could have been used, but weren’t. You’re blaming the wrong person. Having said that, she…..is……SMOKING!

Greg

October 20th, 2010
4:58 pm

Mr. Producer, I hear what your saying about Dagmar’s sweaters but how could they Not be tight. I think we can agree when I say it would be better for us both if Dagmar was not wearing those tight sweaters. But the FCC may disagree.

Greg

October 20th, 2010
5:05 pm

Jaye, BigB is right. It is “champing” at the bit. It’s a horse idiom.

1baddman

October 20th, 2010
5:10 pm

To Markina Brown: Yeah Baby !!!!

KMotion

October 20th, 2010
5:19 pm

She looks like a former porn star. Markina does Marietta……

BehindEnemyLines

October 20th, 2010
5:21 pm

Just what Atlanta needed: A real housewife wannabe on weather. Just another reason not to watch 46.

Sunshine

October 20th, 2010
5:33 pm

A beautiful woman is just that no matter what she’s reporting on or tastefully wearing: news, sports, weather it will never matter to any man. If it were a hairry chested Tom Seleck or big butt Denzel Washington you’d have no complaints from the women. So let’s bid a due to Dagmar and best wishes in her personal and professional life and welcome Markina to bring us a very informative weather report in addition to being a pleasure to watch. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, be it her appearance or her personality she has a great sense of fashion and style. Hats off to her husband and I wish her well during her stay here in the Big ATL!! The rest of you should just relax and enjoy life and stop being so critical of the little things and use that energy to get off you lazy _ _ _ lol, just kidding, be blessed and be good to each other, stop looking with your physical eyes and see with your spiritual eyes and you’ll be surprised how much happier you’ll be and help change the world. ARK: Acts of Random Kindness!

Steph

October 20th, 2010
5:53 pm

She is attractive, but not as much as the photo suggests. She also has a bit of a badonka donk, but the camera seems to stay away from that. Fake boobs, BTW, so some tight sweaters are probably on the horizon.

She hasn’t been in any one place for an extended time, and I doubt Atlanta will be an exception to that.

Browncoat

October 20th, 2010
6:07 pm

Atlanta’s weather reminds her of Cleveland? What?!!!!

ljklkj

October 20th, 2010
6:18 pm

Hey CBS46 boss, isn’t it time to say ‘Yeah, I’ll take some heat over it, but I’m going to take this station to the top!’ and have a group of hotties do the news in bikinis? Plenty of us will watch. Odds are you won’t get another Dagmar in your career, so it’s time to ramp it up. We know the only ‘tough questions’ over there are how much you can sex it up. I’m telling you: plenty more.

ljklkj

October 20th, 2010
6:23 pm

Rodney, did you mention Dagmar in the headline just to get more blog hits? ;)

Are you kidding?

October 20th, 2010
6:36 pm

@ Dexter’s comments…super sexist, but funny as shyt!!!!

jimmy john

October 20th, 2010
6:47 pm

Congfrats CBS Atlanta. You finally get it. A great looking, progessional weather presenter who is also a meteorologist. Glenn, you’re getting long in the tooth. Time to check out the other guys and gal.

Highlander

October 20th, 2010
6:57 pm

Welcome, Markina. Best wishes to Dagmar.

And I’m glad Jennifer Valdez did not get the evening job …she’s mega-annoying!

B

October 20th, 2010
7:57 pm

Hot Latina ?

October 20th, 2010
8:38 pm

Actually, this photo makes her look like a hot latina! Nevertheless, Welcome to Atlanta Markina !

Jenna

October 20th, 2010
8:43 pm

Could we get a picture of John Bachman with pouty lips and no shirt? Oh yeah!!!!!

2of us

October 20th, 2010
8:56 pm

Please: Atl deserves better.. too much make-up; only hired because she’s black; second tier.

Faith (Johnson) Jones

October 20th, 2010
9:12 pm

Markina if you’re reading this…It’s FAITH (formerly Johnson). We worked together in Lansing….I am so excited that you’re here….(I will try to contact you at the station)…WELCOME!!!