Bob Kovachick says farewell as WNYT chief meteorologist

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Today marks Bob Kovachick’s final day as WNYT NewsChannel 13’s chief meteorologist. Bob is retiring, capping an illustrious career spanning more than 50 years of keeping families informed, prepared, and safe.

NewsChannel 13 has been celebrating Bob in recent weeks. We’ve been surprising Bob all afternoon. It started with the street outside NewsChannel 13 on North Pearl Street in Menands being named “Bob Kovachick Way.”

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Then, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan proclaimed October 3, 2022, “Bob Kovachick Day” in the city.

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At 6 p.m., we read an official proclamation from Rep. Paul Tonko, in honor of Bob.

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Since joining WNYT’s First Warning weather team in 1988, Bob has become a Capital Region icon.

Bob graduated from Lyndon State College in Vermont in 1971. He launched his career at the Universal Weather Service in White Plains. After working at WTEN, he moved on to WTAE in Pittsburgh, and then returned to Albany to join WNYT.

Bob will continue to be a part of the First Warning weather team after Oct. 3 as a contributor to special projects, events, and newscasts. That includes the NewsChannel 13 special “October Surprise” looking back at the Oct. 4, 1987 snowstorm that crippled the Capital Region. That special report airs Tuesday at 7 p.m.