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Paul Ossmann joins CBS Atlanta as weekend forecaster

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Six months after his final day at 11 Alive, Paul Ossmann has landed a part-time weekend weather forecasting  job at CBS Atlanta.

He starts tomorrow, Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 6 p.m. He will be on regularly at 6 and 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

“They have a young staff,” said Ossmann, 54, who was at CBS Atlanta studios when I called him. “I’m kind of the old guy.” At the same time, the preternaturally sunny Ossmann added, “I’m excited to be here.”

Ossmann was on Atlanta TV for 23 years, first at WAGA-TV, then WXIA-TV until last July.  He has since worked in real estate and plans to continue to do so.

“He has the credentials, the experience,” said Kenny Lawrence, CBS Atlanta director of programming and audience development. “People know of him for all the right reasons. He brings local cache.”

11 Alive informed him early in 2011 that he should start looking for another job. Last spring, he had talks with CBS Atlanta’s news director Eric Ludgood at the time but there were no openings.  But once there was one a few weeks ago, Ludgood called Ossmann. “I truly appreciate him giving me this chance,” Ossmann said.

While many contract clauses have a  non-compete clause which prohibits them from appearing on air at a rival station for a particular time period, typically six months, Ossmann said he had no such restriction. The timing in this case, he said, was coincidental.

Ossmann had a rough 2011. Last February, he filed for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy protection. (It was discharged last October). He lost his $900,000 home to foreclosure in July. His wife Faith and he separated at the time. And his job at 11 Alive ended that same month.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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January 20th, 2012
6:45 pm

I’m happy for him!


January 20th, 2012
7:01 pm

Good for him!

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January 20th, 2012
8:08 pm

Congrats Paul! All the best to you!

Yay Paul!

January 20th, 2012
8:32 pm

Congrats to Paul. Not a fan of his replacement @ 11Alive. I tried, but just didn’t dig him


January 20th, 2012
8:34 pm

Awesome…Pauls a great person and a fantastic broadcaster. Good luck Paul!

Downtown Heffa

January 20th, 2012
8:37 pm

Wow! Thank God. I thought about you often. Happy to know that you landed somewhere in Atlanta. All will be well.


January 20th, 2012
8:37 pm

I wish him the best…but I would say 2011 was Karma.


January 20th, 2012
8:39 pm

Great news. My prayers have been answered.


January 20th, 2012
8:47 pm

That’s great someone else picked him up. Good luck Paul. We will be watching for you!


January 20th, 2012
8:55 pm

Good for him. I don’t know the backstory,but it seems odd someone as (seemingly) well-liked by viewers as he would be let go from a job. I don’t know…


January 20th, 2012
9:05 pm

I wish you the best. Blessings to you. I enjoyed your programs for many years. Thank You.

Innocent Bystander

January 20th, 2012
9:33 pm

Best of luck, Paul! Actually surprised it took this long for someone to pick him up.

Pago Flyer

January 20th, 2012
10:06 pm

Is it just us, or does it appear that Hollywood has an awards presentation every week to pat them selves on the back. And you people actually watch that!


January 20th, 2012
10:20 pm

Paul I am extremely happy for you “young man”. My wife and I have missed you, and wish you a roaring come back. Now go kick some damn ass this weekend boy!


January 20th, 2012
10:27 pm

Outstanding! I’ve missed Paul. New guy is too goofy. Best of luck to you Paul, and we will watch.

Rick James

January 20th, 2012
10:32 pm

Glad he landed on his feet..


January 20th, 2012
10:32 pm

Great for Paul! Was always thinking about you as you have always had a good presence on TV over the yrs for us. Wish you the best and a great 2012!


January 20th, 2012
10:47 pm

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January 20th, 2012
10:50 pm

Congrats Paul!!! All the best for 2012!

Mr. Obvious

January 20th, 2012
10:51 pm

FYI: Broadcasters typically have 6-month non-complete clauses written into their contracts, citing that they cannot work for a competitor in the same market for a minimum of “6 months” after leaving their current position.

It Rodney precisely stated the above article, it has been precisely “6 months” since Mr. Ossman left WXIA and is starting his new position with Channel 46.

That is no coincidence.


January 20th, 2012
10:54 pm

Good for him….. I think he’s great and cute, too!

Finally Atlanta TV stations wake up!!!

January 20th, 2012
10:58 pm

Thank goodness he stayed in Atlanta! His new replacement was brought in for what reasons that he was better at doing his own graphics, really? Get a grip channel 5!
I hope your 2012 is such much better than your 2011. Not sure if I have the same wishes for his separated wife!

Just Groovy

January 20th, 2012
10:59 pm

Congrats Paul. All the best to you!


January 20th, 2012
11:02 pm

Glad to hear this. Go Paul!


January 20th, 2012
11:03 pm

Hey Paul…always enjoyed your presentations. You’re a real pro, we’re glad your back on the air.

Minute Maid

January 20th, 2012
11:05 pm

Congratulation Paul, U da man wit fo-cassin the weather…….

bob from smyrna

January 20th, 2012
11:09 pm

Excellent: we’ll be watching CBS….sorry WXIA, liked your news, but the loss of Ossman and Hall at night means we NEVER watch your channel. WXIA, use the money you saved to make up for lower ratings.

Ella Jay

January 20th, 2012
11:26 pm

I’m so glad to see Paul Ossman back in the ATL market. Although I rarely watch CBS Atlanta news, I’ll start watching now.


January 20th, 2012
11:27 pm

Who even watches local TV news anymore?


January 20th, 2012
11:28 pm

I agree with the other comment I am not a fan of your replacement I don’t even watch the evening news since you had left….i willl be tunning in to CBS to watch ya…congrats Paul, things will be looking up for ya this year..keep your head high man…

Johnny Beckman

January 20th, 2012
11:41 pm

Who left to create the “opening’?


January 20th, 2012
11:42 pm

Don’t be surprised if they eventually move Paul to weekdays. CBS 46 news lacks in the ratings and he would help!


January 20th, 2012
11:45 pm

Great news! I’m so happy for you!


January 20th, 2012
11:52 pm

C’mon Rodney – that’s poor writing.

“His wife Faith and he separated the same month. And his job at 11 Alive ended that same month.”

Really? Using “same month” in back to back sentences like that? Shame.

Dave Perry

January 20th, 2012
11:56 pm

This is awesome. I didn’t know why he left, just that he wasn’t at Ch.11 anymore. What the hell were those people thinking? Anyway, good on you mate!

Big S in Big D

January 20th, 2012
11:58 pm

Great news. But Paul if you need a full time gig come to Dallas…weather presenters here are a bit lacking compared to ATL but getting used to them.. Former Atlantan, TBS and CNN sports announcer Marc Fein is here anchoring at CBS too. He started last fall.


January 20th, 2012
11:58 pm

Hooray—-I will be so happy to see you, Paul…….you are the best at what you do!


January 21st, 2012
12:01 am

Paul’s replacement was CHEAPER than Paul—-they are nuts.

Glennese Rogers

January 21st, 2012
12:30 am

So glad for Paul, now just hire Ted Hall and you will have a great team.


January 21st, 2012
12:45 am

Yay Paul! Congratulations! I look forward to seeing you on the air.


January 21st, 2012
1:10 am

Shut the hell up, Rod. Take your jackassery somewhere else and go back to editing your mom’s john’s book.


January 21st, 2012
1:11 am

I agree with all above that WXIA certainly made a mistake replacing Paul with “what’s his name” because they have lost a lot of viewers. Now I will be watching Paul.

face man

January 21st, 2012
1:56 am

I haven’t seen markina brown in 2 weeks


January 21st, 2012
2:06 am

Good for you, Paul Ossman. You never lost faith, did you?

Oh, wait…


January 21st, 2012
2:35 am

Good to hear. Seems he got a bum rap for such a competent and popular guy. BTW – Non compete only applies when you quit, not when you are let go.


January 21st, 2012
2:39 am

Where’s Markina been lately??


January 21st, 2012
3:14 am

First, this is incredible news. I’m so glad that Ossmann landed somewhere.
Second, to everybody who has this incredible need to bash Mike Francis and/or 11Alive, this is not the forum for that. Contact their GM and let them know how you feel. Now if you want to complain about something, complain about CBS Atlanta NOT HAVING A NOON NEWSCAST!! So for all of you who say “we’ll be watching CBS”, just remember that.


January 21st, 2012
3:37 am

Excellent “News” ! You Rock Paul…..Now someone can teach those neophytes a little bit about “on air presence”…..I do miss Dagmars sweater puppys though ; )

Yeah Come on !


January 21st, 2012
5:14 am