My Favorite Weather Person

randy-ollis_20081020232354_640_480.JPGToday I am celebrating with Randy Ollis (and his family and my home church and my home town) as he hits a milestone in his service in the Indianpolis area. Randy has been the morning (or do they call it “daytime”?) weather person at WISH-TV for 25 years!!!

When I lived in Indy I loved waking up and hearing Randy’s familiar voice and light-hearted banter. It used to amaze me the way he would be at church on Wednesday nights leading the boys at Club and then be on air long before my alarm went off. Week after week.

One of the things I love about Randy is that the guy you see on TV is the guy you see in the Marsh store is the guy you see at the church business meeting. (I know that on-air personas are not always what they appear to be.)

So, thanks to Facebook’s events feature, his wife is throwing him an email party this morning. How cool is that?! I’d rather be there in person, but being included from 900 miles away is still a good thing.

FROM the WISH-TV WEBSITE:

Randy Ollis joined WISH-TV in 1984 as meteorologist for DAYBREAK and the Noon news. He left a similar position at KTVY-TV, Oklahoma City, to move to Indianapolis. Before that, Randy held positions at WDTN-TV, Dayton, Ohio, and WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Randy received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University and holds the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society.  In addition to his forecasting and on-air duties at WISH-TV, Ollis often speaks to local schools and various groups about weather casting and careers in television.

Ollis and his wife, Alison, have four girls and are active in their church.

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