Longtime Q13 Weather Anchor Walter Kelley departs

“Q13 FOX” KCPQ-TV News Director Erik Breon announced to staff in a memo today that 23 year Chief Weather Anchor Walter Kelley is leaving the FOX O/O station to be closer to family in Phoenix AZ.  The memo noted: “Walter has been with “Q13” since 1997 helping Western Washington survive many historic weather events.” His last day on air will be June 25.  The station has posted the position.

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening
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47 thoughts on “Longtime Q13 Weather Anchor Walter Kelley departs

  1. Walter,
    You are the best weatherman ever!! We have lived in Phx, and have family there. You can ski up north in Flagstaff, or in the White mts. You will love A/C. Biking is great there, lots of mts to hike, esp the Moggolian Rim and MT Humphrey. Check out Horton Springs, lots of good hiking.

    We will miss our 10 pm newscasts with you. You are clearly our favorite weatherman. LOVE your suits, your smile, your delivery. You are the best dressed weatherman we know. Can’t tell you how much we look forward to your broadcasts each night. It will be IMPOSSIBLE to replace you. First Marni, now you and Steve Raible. ;( Sad. Just cannot believe that you are leaving. We are so sad to lose you, seriously! You have been part of our evening for many years.

    May God bless you and strengthen your family as you go to the Valley of the Sun. Our loss, AZ’s gain. Surely will miss you Walter.

    All the best,
    M & D

  2. Best ever going to miss you. Met your dad the Colonel down in Bend, very nice man. Said how proud of you he was of you. Thank you for explaining the weather so expertly to us. SMc

  3. Thanks Walter:

    Always looked forward to your forecast and your keen perspective. It will take a while before I can believe in anybody forecasting the way I relied and trusted in you. Enjoy your family, always see about them.


  4. Walter,
    will always miss how you report the weather and genuine care for the people of the PNW. More importantly your warm and funny personality made me look forward to the news each day. Enjoy your family and God bless!

    McCleary, Wa.

  5. You will be missed. I remember you doing your broadcast on or near Halloween one time at our Halloween decorated home in WS.
    That was so much fun.

    Best of wishes to your new adventure.

  6. Will miss Walter. I remember meeting him once at a Capitol Hill restaurant and he’s as genuine and real in person as he is on the broadcast. Best wishes to him in his next journey.

  7. Walter Kelly our favorite Weather Man. So sorry to see him leave. We travel to Arizona each Winter and wondering if he will be working at a station in the Phoenix Area?

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