28 April 2004
He's our dear old weatherman
Fields, who was most recently the weatherman at KPSP, CBS-2 in Palm Springs, California, is the show's third announcer in its 32-year history on the CBS Television Network.
Weather, of course, is trivial in southern California, where it never rains L.A. Story's weatherman Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) actually prerecorded his forecasts for weeks at a time but peppy TV-personality types won't last six minutes doing the weather in Oklahoma. Says Deatherage:
[P]eople here will not accept a "weatherman" who is not a meteorologist. Weather, and particularly severe weather, are way too important to leave to entertainers. The concept of a weatherman becoming a game show announcer (Fields), or host (Pat Sajak), or talk show host (David Letterman) just makes us wonder what the hell is wrong with you people that you'd let comedians interpret the weather good grief don't you have any common sense at all????
On the other hand, God forbid Gary England should try to crack a joke.
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