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  • bachelor of science degree , mathematics
    University of New Hampshire
  • bachelor of science degree , mathematics
    Texas A&M University
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KD's Kudzma to retire
www.post-gazette.com, 29 Mar 2002 [cached]
KDKA-TV's Bob Kudzma, meteorologist for one of the country's highest-rated noon newscasts, is retiring from his daily weather duties.
KDKA announced the retirement in a press release late Wednesday.Kudzma will retire after the May sweeps period.
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Kudzma was on vacation yesterday and unavailable for comment.He has appeared on the station's noon newscast since 1979 and joined KDKA in November 1968.
Prior to that he was a meteorologist for United Airlines in Chicago and spent three years in the United States Air Force where he achieved the rank of captain, according to his KDKA bio.During his time with the Air Force he served as weather officer in Vietnam in the mid-'60s.
Kudzma graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and later received training in meteorology from Texas A&M University.He's a member of the American Meteorological Society.
Though retiring, Kudzma will continue to work for KDKA occasionally as a fill-in weathercaster.
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bbs.post-gazette.com, 14 Oct 2002 [cached]
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I believe Bob retiring is just a huge conspiracy by KDKA to get decent May sweeps numbers.I think they could just put Bob into the Time Machine they used on the NFL, have him record generic forecasts, and use him for the next 150 years. (That's usually the time between new sets anyway over there).Also, could it be that a 2nd weathercaster on the grassy knoll forced Bob out, or is it that management didn't like his gray hair and lack of makeup?Hmmmm....I think only Stormtracker knows the TRUE story on this one...
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Re: Why?MessageID: 10157
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Maybe this is just the synic (sp?) in me... maybe because I'm an employee at another CBS O&O... maybe because we all know that Kudzma also drives a school bus... all these factors make me think that this is a forced retirement.Just my $.02.If I'm wrong, I sincerely apologize.
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Re: Why?MessageID: 10158
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When they used to have Jeff & Bob, they took out Bob and replaced it with Rebecca.
I am still so shocked at this.He's probably one of the reasons why KD has such a high Noon rating...since he's been around for so long...like DeNardo.
Bob is the only TRUE Meteorologist on the KD weatherstaff currently...Jeff is BECOMING one...Rebecca's doing that cheap Mississippi thing...and Jon Burnett is just a plain weatherman.
I am going to miss Bob...and I hope he is leaving for the better.
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Re: Why?MessageID: 10163Posted by: Rob OwenPosted on: 3/28/02 10:51:00 PMIn reply to: 10157
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To Bob Kudzma.A real class act in the operation.I will miss you.Take care and best wishes....If the rumour about a forced retirement is true -- f-KDKA...
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KDKA forcing Bob out?The noon show is dominant.Why would management want to change that?Did anyone ever think that BOB just felt it was time?The "insiders" posting on here must always add drama to anything that happens within the stations.Please.Just take this for what it is..a great man and weatherman bowing out on top.
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Bob Kudzma is a class act.I have never forgiven KDKA for the way the ceremonially dumped Patti Burns and demoted Bob Kudzma and Ray Tannehill in favor of the "Hometown Advantage" crap.They were more hometown than those who returned.I haven't watched the station since and just laugh at their nepotism.In spite of the demotion, Bob Kudzma has continued to do what he was always asked to do.He was an expert in his field and thrown to the most miserable shift while the weather readers got prime time.He is a legend that I grew up with and I will truly miss him.
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Re: Why?MessageID: 10289Posted by: StormtrackerPosted on: 4/4/02 8:11:00 PMIn reply to: 10287
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Bob can only fill in for Jon ...for the Mornings...which KD isn't too great with to begin with (in the AM)...So you can see Bob really gets the cheapest shift.Although he has gray hair, he is still very sharp...and not too shabby with the computer, either.I will miss him & Brenda cracking jokes and Paul Martino trying to inform the viewers of what's going on on Saturday Mornings...Which I guess he is done with that as well.KD is probably going to give that to Rebecca.
All I can say is...Good luck, Bob...even though you aren't leaving KDKA completely...but still, enjoy your retirement.
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Rob did a good job in today's P-G chronicling the life and times of Bob Kudzma.However, I think we found Mike's answer in there.
So KDKA management approached him, eh?It amazes me how disloyal KDKA can be to their employees -- Patti Burns, now Bob.They should consider themselves EXTREMELY fortunate to be one of the few CBS )&Os in the country that is drawing more than hashmarks for many of its newscasts.
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If you want to read another nice article on Bob, go to http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/entertainment/s_73887.html I know Rob, its your competition... but the article is quite nice.
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Re: Nice Article, RobMessageID: 11203Posted by: Rob OwenPosted on: 5/30/02 10:40:00 AMIn reply to: 11200
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I (along with many others) will miss Bob, but not to the point that we would switch to another newscast.I vote for Rebecca Hower to replace him, but my opinion is prejudiced, because (as I have stated in other posts) I have a major crush on her (but please don't tell my wife!)
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Re: Nice Article, RobMessageID: 11208
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That was a very well done story on Bob.
I'll miss Bob a lot, too...but I do hope he will be able to fill in often.I assume they will use Bob ...but only in extreme situations. (i.e. Jeff & Jon take off on the same day...Rebecca can only fill one of those two's shoes! :) It would interesting to see Bob filling in Jeff...but I doubt that would ever happen.He would probably only fill-in for the morning and noon newscasts, although like I said, it would be "cool" for him to do a different time slot.I'm sure he would be fine at any time.
Well, tomorrow's the day!I hope they have a celebration on the noon news.I'm setting my VCR!
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Re: Nice Article, Rob
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Bob's a very nice guy and I liked his on-air, unassuming style.
Rob Owen
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Re: Nice Article, RobMessageID: 11220
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Kudzma was about the only guy at KDKA and one of the few in Pgh with any weather credability.I have no idea why they would shove him to the back for the likes of Larry Richert, Jeff V. and the absolutely pitiful Rebecca Hower.With DeNardo at Ch.4 I always though Ch.2 would leave Kudzma alone, but its obvious over the past few years that KDKA managment has its head up its arse.KDKA has always skewed an older demo, so why on earth are they so anxious to push experience older folks out the door?And now KDKA, like WPXI runs a weather dept without a single Meteorology degree.What a joke.
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My understanding is all (or most) KDKA talent contracts are being handled by CBS corporate in NYC, so it would make sense they would be the ones to approach Kudzma about retirement.
By the way, what really impressed me about Bob was his sincerity.He just struck me as genuine, and it was clear in my conversation with him he really does take it enormously to heart when a forecast turns out wrong.I can appreciate that.No one beats me up more than I beat up myself when an error gets past me and into the paper.
Rob Owen
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I know Bob does that a lot with AccuWeather...and Jeff does some of his own forecasting as well.I don't know what Rebecca does.
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Re: Nice Article, RobMessageID: 11224
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As for why they would push Bob back in favor of others... its usually not a personal thing.Generally its about ratings and Q factors.If an anchor is well liked, and still draws a good audience (like Patrice King Brown on 2 and Sally Wiggin on 4) their age isn't the priority factor.Just as Patty Burns' decline came after a period of not-so-great ratings, so too has Bob K's ouster.It is simply the way the business goes, however stations always want to look as benevolent as possible in the passing of their long-time employees, so it is generally played off as a "retirement".I can't tell you how many older broadcasters I know from all over the country who have gone through the same thing, and it has broken their hearts.Alas, it is generally simply business.
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Do any of you believe that Kudzma will actually come back to fill-in?I don't.He's gone for good.KDKA-TV does this stuff with "he's retiring...but he will still continue to do fill-in work" just to please everyone...and not to make managemeant, or excuse me, this was CBS's idea...look bad.Bob has been doing those Train-ride things like Ray Tannehill does, and he obviously is not coming back...so that makes me think Kudzma is gone for good, too.
What do you think? (please no bashing :)
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Re: Nice Article, RobMessageID: 12633
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I have to agree -- if they were going to use Bob, this past week would have been probably the best time to do it.
But then again, Tannehill wasn't supposed to come back.They never made reference to that, but they mentioned Kudzma's return.Who knows?
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Kudzma to sign off KDKA after 34 years
www.post-gazette.com, 31 May 2002 [cached]
Kudzma to sign off KDKA after 34 years
Thursday, May 30, 2002
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After tomorrow's noon newscast on KDKA-TV, meteorologist Bob Kudzma won't have to worry about predicting rain or sun, snow or sleet.Kudzma, who joined the station in 1968, will retire, and his concerns about forecasting will evaporate.
Meteorologist Bob Kudzma, on the set at KDKA, is retiring from the world of weather maps and severe-weather radar. (Robin Rombach, Post-Gazette)
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Getting a forecast wrong disturbs Kudzma, a genial dry wit whose common-sense approach to weather stands in contrast to some forecasters who seem to leap at the opportunity to make things sound as dire as possible.
"I always try to be optimistic with my forecast," Kudzma said."Sometimes you get burned, but most of the time it works out fine."
Instead of just calling for rain, Kuzma said he'd rather be more specific, promising showers but not an all-day drenching.
On occasions when the forecast doesn't turn out as predicted, Kudzma takes it to heart.
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Kudzma said his worst call came on July, 4, 1969, when he predicted a pleasant evening for fireworks.Severe storms broke out at 9 p.m.
The prediction he takes greatest pride in was the blizzard of March 1993.
"We started talking about it on Monday, and the blizzard was on Saturday," he recalled."By Tuesday and Wednesday we were saying we could get a foot of snow and -- Poof! -- we ended up with two feet.That was really one of the best."
Kudzma, 63, said retiring now wasn't his original plan.CBS, parent company of KDKA, approached him with the idea.
"They suggested it, and my wife and I talked about it and said, 'Yeah, may as well,' " Kudmza said last week as he sat in the station's weather center."I just assumed I'd keep working until 65 or 68 until they suggested this."
When KDKA announced Kudzma's retirement, it came with news that he will continue to do fill-in work on the station.
"That's what I've been told by management, and I would like to do that," Kudzma said.
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Kudzma, a New Hampshire native, always had an interest in meteorology.Growing up, he idolized Boston weatherman Don Kent.Kudzma earned a degree in mathematics from the University of New Hampshire and entered the Air Force, which sent him to Texas A&M University for meteorology courses.Later, he found himself in Vietnam doing forecasting for bombing missions.
After achieving the rank of captain, Kudzma resigned his commission in 1966 and worked as a meteorologist for United Airlines in Chicago.
"I kept looking at these people doing weather on television and I kept saying, 'I can do that.' "
After some prodding by his wife, Charlene, Kudzma started looking for TV meteorologist jobs and found one at KDKA.He was hired even though he had no broadcasting experience.
"They took a big chance on me, and I took a big chance on them," he said."It actually worked out very nicely."
He's had a regular role on newscasts in prominent time slots (weekday evenings) and those that are lower profile (noon).The shift in hours bothered him more because he likes routine and hates change.He said the changes didn't do much damage to his ego.
"I knew eventually they'd have to phase the old people out and bring in the young," he said.
Kudzma remembers his first on-air appearance at 11 p.m. Dec. 8, 1968.
"Talk about being scared.I'll never forget that as long as I live.I was really bad, terrible.I could barely stand; my knees were weak.At least I got through it.It took me months before I relaxed."
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The station's weather now carries the AccuWeather brand, but Kudzma still feels ownership of his forecasts.
"Whoever is standing up doing the weather, it's his or her forecast," he said."I use AccuWeather as a consultant and more or less follow their guidelines.It really is a big help to have more than one opinion in a forecast.It's like getting a bunch of doctors together to get a diagnosis.I find AccuWeather very valuable."
Kudzma said weather has a much greater emphasis in newscasts than it was when he started in TV.He also thinks 24- and 48-hour forecasts have become more accurate.
In his retirement, Kudzma will continue to drive a school bus for Bethel Park's public schools, something he's done in the morning and afternoon for the past three years.Three of his four children live in the Pittsburgh area, and several grandchildren are in town, so they'll keep him busy, too.
"It sounds like the old thing, 'I want to spend more time with the family,' but I spent plenty of time with the family.I'll have to find things to do 'cause I know in the summer it will be difficult with no school bus."
Saying goodbye may be difficult, too.Kudzma's not a fan of showy last forecasts or even farewell interviews like this one.He'd prefer to avoid the hype, a hallmark of his 34-year broadcasting career.
"I'm not planning anything," Kudzma said."It will be my usual extemporaneous stuff or nothing at all."
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Beaver County Times/Allegheny Times
www.timesonline.com, 31 May 2002 [cached]
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Meteorologist Bob Kudzma will retire today after nearly 34 years at KDKA-TV, the only broadcasting job he has ever held.
Kudzma, 63, earned a degree in mathematics from the University of New Hampshire, but entered the Air Force where he was trained to forecast the weather for Air Force One and, later, for bombing missions in Vietnam.
After leaving the Air Force in 1966, Kudzma spent two years as a meteorologist for United Airlines in Chicago.But his mind was elsewhere.
"I kept looking at these people doing weather on television and I kept saying, 'I can do that,"' Kudzma said.
Spurred by his wife, Charlene, Kudzma applied for a job at KDKA - Pittsburgh's CBS affiliate - which hired him even though he had no broadcasting experience."They took a big chance on me, and I took a big chance on them," Kudzma said."It actually worked out very nicely."
When he signs off after Friday's noon news, viewers can expect scattered thunderstorms.Kudzma's first on-air forecast was during the 11 p.m. news on Dec. 8, 1968, a cold, snowy day.
"Talk about being scared."Kudzma said."I was really bad, terrible.I could barely stand; my knees were weak.I took me months before I adjusted."
Since then, Kudzma hopes he's been reliable.And he takes it to heart when he's not.
"My wife knows.I get grumpy and upset.People think it upsets them, but it upsets me 10 times more because I feel like I've let them down," Kudzma said.
Kudzma's worst bungle was his first July 4 forecast in 1969, when he predicted great weather for fireworks.Severe thunderstorms arrived, as if on cue, at 9 p.m.
Kudzma is most proud of his "Storm of the Century" forecast in 1993, when he began warning viewers of a blizzard six days before it occurred.On March 13, the Pittsburgh area got roughly 24 inches of snow in 24 hours.
"I stuck my neck out counting down the days until it arrived," said Kudzma, who said he "would've run away and hid" had he been wrong.
Kudzma said he'll still fill in at the station from time to time.But mostly, he plans to putter with the tomatoes and peppers in his garden, bake bread for his four grown children and drive a school bus in Bethel Park, a part-time job he's held for three years.
"I don't do it for the money, but it's nice to have it," Kudzma said."I have a blue-collar worker mentality.And I'm proud of it."
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"He really went after a story ...
www.indianagazette.com, 15 Sept 2007 [cached]
"He really went after a story and you know if he said it, it was absolutely true," said retired meteorologist Bob Kudzma.
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