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11 Alive meteorologist Paul Ossmann: what’s his future?

WXIA-TV

WXIA-TV

The forecast for meteorologist Paul Ossmann’s future at 11 Alive WXIA-TV is a bit cloudy. A source of mine yesterday told me his contract has not been renewed though he will remain at the NBC affiliate through late spring.

Ossmann has been with the station since 1998 and currently does weather for the evening news on 11 Alive and sister station WATL-TV.

Prior to his time at 11 Alive, he spent more than  10 years at WAGA-TV (now Fox 5), where he was the original host of “Good Day Atlanta.”

WXIA-TV general manager John Deushane declined to comment, citing policy about not discussing personnel  contracts.  That isn’t an outright denial so who knows?

Ossmann, who is married with two teenage kids, also declined to comment.

The most interesting item on his bio beyond his bonafides as a meteorologist:

In his spare time, Paul competes in shot put in Masters Track and Field events across the country. .He is an accomplished shot-putter, having finished in the top three nationally for the past three years. During the 2008 Indoor track and field season, Paul had the second best throw in the world! In 2009 Paul won gold in the USA Masters Indoor and Outdoor National Championships! One of only a few select masters athletes to earn two golds in the same year.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

182 comments Add your comment

JJ Turner

February 2nd, 2011
4:40 pm

Thanks for sharing!!

tvBoy

February 2nd, 2011
4:55 pm

is he a metereologist? a few years back he had not been certified.

Rodney Ho

February 2nd, 2011
5:05 pm

heather

February 2nd, 2011
5:17 pm

If Paul is gone, that will be a big loss….I’ve been watching him on Fox5 & 11Alive for years…hope it isnt true

Brett Martin of flickedup.com

February 2nd, 2011
5:36 pm

Not knowing him personally and not knowing the situation I can only speculate that it has to do with money. I am sure he is facing a situation like so many other talented and tenured on-air professionals in this town.There does come a point where one reaches a ceiling when it comes to salary and wages.
Everyone in and out of the industry knows that there are some MAJOR changes going on. There are fewer advertisers, fewer ad dollars, a higher demand for local content, and fewer dollars to do it with.
I hope they don’t get rid of Paul. He helped pioneer a show (Good Day Atlanta) that helped pave the wave for many years of success for Fox 5. If they do get rid of him it would be a shame but no surprise. The TV News biz is, in most part, has turned a blind eye to content and quality for the sake of quantity.
If he goes I am sure he will tell them where to stick their WIZOMETER.

Mike Cavendar

February 2nd, 2011
5:52 pm

He probably earned himself out of a job. A steady stream of nice raises and perks over the years made him a target, regardless of his on-air talents, skill and popularity. He excels in all three of those areas. However, when it comes to the bottom line, the corporate penny-pinchers don’t care. Believe me, everyone is replaceable. From what I’ve seen, 11Alive loves firing people, almost as much as WGCL. The higher-ups at Gannett are thinking they can get a younger meteorologist at half the salary, plus use the savings to fill an open position, or just consider it profit. My prediction, he’ll leave the business, or wind up at WGCL for a fraction of his current pay, with a fraction of his current audience and with a fraction of his dignity.

Rick James!

February 2nd, 2011
6:03 pm

I see age discrimination written all over this one! He’s gettin’ up there and they’ll replace him with someone young and ho-like like what CBS did with Martika Brown to show some cleavage.

Scott

February 2nd, 2011
6:03 pm

If I had to stand up and say let look at the “WIZOMETER” multiple times a day, I would consider leaving as well! That has to be the worst gimmick I have ever seen!

Road Scholar

February 2nd, 2011
6:08 pm

They should get rid of Chesley! I wonder what a 1 or 2 looks like on the wizometer? 1= end of the world; 2= when hell freezes over!

J Bay

February 2nd, 2011
6:16 pm

Things are bleak and getting bleaker. Just as the temperature is dropping like a rock, so is anyone worth watching at 11 Alive. Jill Becker, now Paul Ossman. Please encourage mush mouth Chesley to take his Wizometer to Southpark where they MIGHT understand his humor. What goes with 11 Alive? Does their building look like a giant hydrant? Wizometer indeed.

Capt Bill

February 2nd, 2011
6:21 pm

What Scott said.

Too Long

February 2nd, 2011
6:32 pm

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arlierufus

February 2nd, 2011
6:33 pm

if your going to make such an ignorant comment “educated one” really need to change your screen name.

Jawja

February 2nd, 2011
6:33 pm

I HOPE HE TAKES GLENN BURNS WITH HIM. ALSO, WHAT SCOTT SAID!!!

Roberta Higginbotham

February 2nd, 2011
6:35 pm

Not being loyal to any one local news channel, I mainly watch the news on Sunday evenings to see what the upcoming week’s weather is going be like. That’s about as much local news I can stomach every week. I’ve always liked Paul. Not being able to watch him on Sunday evenings may leave me in a bit of a fog for a while, and perhaps even a little misty. Puns intended.

Look for his replacement to be female, and perhaps even buxom?

Murphy

February 2nd, 2011
6:36 pm

Sad to hear this – I like 11 Alive news and their format – but first Jill and now Paul – not good

Hesch

February 2nd, 2011
6:37 pm

This city hasn’t had a real weather man since Stu Klitenic left. That man could read the weather like nobody’s business. Must have had a trick leg or something.

ONE OF THE FEW GOOD ONE'S ON 11

February 2nd, 2011
6:38 pm

PAUL IS ONE OF THE GOOD ONE’S ON THAT DISFUNCTIONAL TV STATIONS! GET RIDE OF THE OLD GUY WHO THINKS HE’S A LAWYER AND THE GRINNING BLONDE WHO THINKS SHE CAN SAVE YOU $$$ OR MANY OTHERS…. START WITH THE MANAGERS. PAUL & CHRIS ARE TWO OF THE BEST WEATHER PEOPLE IN ATLANTA! CHELSEY CAN TAKE HIS “WIZ” AND HEAD BACK TO BUFFALO NY OR HOME TO PHILA PA AND TAKE BRENDA’S SIDE KICK WITH HIM!!!!! CHEEZY MANAGEMENT AT 11 IS THE PROBLEM

The eyes have it

February 2nd, 2011
6:41 pm

If Paul’s a short-timer, suggest 11 Alive begin courting Dagmar Midcap (though I didn’t hear a single word she said…)!!

sahsa

February 2nd, 2011
6:44 pm

Chelsey is the one who needs to go. I do not watch 11 in the morning because of him. He should be encouraged to complete his Doctrate and go back up north!

JILL'S GONE !!! YEA -

February 2nd, 2011
6:47 pm

jILL’S GOING BUT NOT PAUL OR CHRIS – CHELSEY – YES — VAL -YES YES PLEASE!!! MANAGEMENT MUST GO TOO!

NO CLASS 11 ALIVE/DEAD

February 2nd, 2011
6:50 pm

DAGMAR HAS TOO MUCH CLASS FOR CHANNEL 11

Reality

February 2nd, 2011
6:50 pm

What eyes have it said.

Alice

February 2nd, 2011
6:51 pm

Any station that would hire NeNe Leakes has given up on professionalism. Theirs is not a news show but a sideshow.

scott

February 2nd, 2011
6:55 pm

message to the so called educated one…you make me shame to be a white male…WHAT A TERRIBLE IGNORANT STATEMENT!!YOU ARE PART OF WHATS WRONG IN METRO ATLANTA..TOO MUCH RACE BAITING..THATS WHY NOTHING GETS DONE OR HALF DONE!!STOP WITH THE RACE BAITING GEEESH!!NO CITY IN THE COUNTRY HAS SO MUCH RACIAL RESENTMENT LIKE ATLANTA METRO AREA…COME ON WERE THE 9TH LARGEST METRO AREA IN THE COUNTRY TAKE YOUR RACE BAITING TO SOUTH GEORGIA

Kevin H

February 2nd, 2011
6:58 pm

I used to rely on 11 for local news on TV and the web, but I switched once what wizometer idiocy started on both…it makes me think of bad slang for urination and just grates my nerves. You can’t even read their web site because that thing constantly slides the page up and down. I always liked Paul, but if it weren’t for this article I’d not have known, and I have to say I don’t care anymore.

TB

February 2nd, 2011
7:02 pm

NOOOO He is the good one! Chesley gets on my nerves

Dog Friend

February 2nd, 2011
7:05 pm

Oh NO!!!! Does this mean the end to Doppler the Weather dog on 11Alive as well? That would be terrible.

Michael

February 2nd, 2011
7:09 pm

I’ve been watching Atlanta news for 35 years and I’ve never seen anything else as stupid as the Wizometer. Ossmann would rather clown around than do his job, and so would the sports guy. Brenda Wood is a class act, and Jeff Hullinger is coming on strong. But at WXIA even the technical competence is questionable. Sometimes it’s actually painful to watch.

Reginald (11Alive Fan for life)

February 2nd, 2011
7:10 pm

I know you are a good guy Paul, I have met and do like you, but you are the most boring weather man I have seen. Chris or Chelsey would be an excellent replacement. Chelsey is smart (which most hate to see) and energetic and Chris is a very hard worker, always having different graphics everytime he is on the air. I also love the WIZometer! It make the weather more watchable. Come on folks, admit it, otherwise weather is boring, without the WIZometer, just give me the temp and then a 5 or 7 day forecast, which should take about 30 seconds!
Jill, I am your biggest fan. Wish you the best as you have made your decision to retire. You have been and still are the greatest! Keep being number one, 11Alive!

Eric

February 2nd, 2011
7:11 pm

What Scott, Road Scholar and TB said.

blazerdawg

February 2nd, 2011
7:12 pm

Stu Klitenic was sports…..Johnny Bechman is still the top rung of the Atlanta weather ladder!

blazerdawg

February 2nd, 2011
7:15 pm

We do OK race wise in So GA, thank you. (see majority white GA congress district in Moultrie/Valdosta has elected a black dem for years).

Educated one is more likely from Ohio.

Boywonder

February 2nd, 2011
7:18 pm

Roswell Mom

February 2nd, 2011
7:22 pm

Well, if he is leaving, I sure hope they bring in a degreed meteorologist – not someone who got his meteorology certificate online and, please, not someone who only looks good but can’t interpret the weather computer models. In meteorology it should be WHAT you know, NOT WHO you know or HOW you look. And please get rid of that Wizometer gimick – in severe breaking weather I’m certainly not tuning into the channel that thinks weather is a joke.

just facts

February 2nd, 2011
7:26 pm

hey Hesch…. you win today’s award for the stupidest post. stu klitenic never did the weather, he was strictly sports. so… if you were trying to bs funny, you weren’t and if you were trying to be stupid, you were.

TomTom

February 2nd, 2011
7:28 pm

I love me some Chesley! He is funny, entertaining, and believable!

Lodney Ho

February 2nd, 2011
7:28 pm

Ossman, come together with you hands, save me, I’m together with your plan, save me, save me, save me, with your, with your hands. Feel the rhythm with your hands (steal rhythm while you can) OSSMAN

Johnboy

February 2nd, 2011
7:29 pm

For local weather I prefer Karen Minton

Bwana

February 2nd, 2011
7:53 pm

Too bad Guy Sharpe died….(he was the weather man in ATL i remember watching growing up) he would have been a good replacement.

Shan

February 2nd, 2011
7:54 pm

Please get rid of the Wizometer. How hard is to give the temp, and the 5 day forecast?

TVboy

February 2nd, 2011
7:55 pm

paul is a great guy – a man’s man who never took himself all that seriously. a few years ago i met him and he was extremely nice to me. i never forgot that. yea he’s gone about as far as he can go there at 11 alive. lately, he has just been callin it in as they say – seems to be over it. and i really don’t blame him. good luck paul in whatever you do.

Savannah C.

February 2nd, 2011
8:02 pm

To sum up this article – Paul Ossmann – MAY or MAY NOT leave…..

Carole

February 2nd, 2011
8:10 pm

Hope Paul stays…only one with personality.

buzz

February 2nd, 2011
8:14 pm

Steroids and tanning beds should both be banned.

Drew

February 2nd, 2011
8:15 pm

I somewhat think it has to do with money myself — I suspect that 11 ALIVE will up Chris Holcomb and Chesley McNeil’s salaries and get an attractive female to tell you the weather.

People I would enjoy seeing Leaving 11alive

February 2nd, 2011
8:16 pm

Paul please take that Cheshire Cat due & whats up with that Whiz meter thingy? Everytime I see that stooopid thing I have to take a Whiz. And for the Love of God please to something with Randy Waters. Being a native Atlantan for 70 years, Atlanta has Zero TV anchors worth a Whiz anymore..

ICE as in Matty ICE

February 2nd, 2011
8:23 pm

I wish Chesley would leave. I want to hear the weather not jokes that incredibly stupid and childish.

craig

February 2nd, 2011
8:23 pm

A chance for 11Alive to go the Ch46 route…..Make-up and a push up bra. And if they do, I won’t watch them either. Give us science, NOT actors.

Atlanta Shanaenae

February 2nd, 2011
8:23 pm

Please take that WIZ thing out back and bury it. Paul will more than likely lose his job because of his age and I am sure he probably makes a big salary. Too bad, because he is a nice guy. Chelsey needs to go. He just isn’t TV quality and certainly not ready for a big market like Atlanta. We will miss Jill too. And I agree that any station that would have NeNe Leakes on is not a station that I would ever watch again.