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Meteorologist John Belski retires from WAVE 3 TV

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - WAVE 3 Meteorologist John Belski will retire from WAVE 3 TV on September 8, 2010; it was announced  by Regional Vice-President & General Manager Steve Langford.

"Retirement for a deserving friend should always be looked upon with happiness," said Langford. "While I regret to see John leave the airwaves, I respect his decision and wish him and his family much happiness."

"This is an opportunity for me to explore some new possibilities outside of the TV business," Belski said. "After all these years at WAVE 3 it's time for Kevin Harned to take the reins and lead the weather team."

Kevin Harned and John Belski first met when Kevin was in high school. Harned wrote to Belski asking him to speak to his 4-H Club in Nelson County. That meeting left an indelible mark on Harned who persistently pursued his new career goal to become a television meteorologist. "John has been a great mentor and a great friend," said Harned. "We've covered a lot of severe weather together and hopefully have helped to keep our community safe from harm."

John Belski first joined the WAVE 3 weather team in July 1987. Prior to that, he worked at WLKY-TV in Louisville and also at stations in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri. In addition to his television forecasts John makes multiple daily postings to his blog , Twitter and Face book sites. Over the years John has been on the air on 18 different radio stations and currently on 84 WHAS-AM and WMPI 105.3 FM. His weather book "Backyard Weather Folklore" sold thousands of copies.

"For the past 23 years John Belski has been the calming voice in the storm while protecting our viewers during severe weather,' said Langford. "His folksy, friendly style of forecasting has made him a favorite in our community."

John Belski has received numerous awards from community organizations and publications including 15 different Best of Louisville Magazine honors, the Best of Kentucky by Kentucky Monthly magazine and the LEO's Readers' Choice Award. He has anchored Emmy Award winning coverage of severe weather and received the Special Service Award from the National Weather Service and the Mark Trail Award for public awareness of NOAA weather radios.

John Belski will present his last weather broadcast during WAVE 3 News at 6:00pm on September 8, 2010.

WAVE-TV is owned by Raycom Media, Inc., an employee-owned company which is now one of the nation's largest broadcasters. Currently the company owns and/or operates 42 television stations in 18 states. Raycom Media stations cover more than 10.6% of the U.S. television households and employ 3,500 individuals in full and part-time positions. Through Raycom Sports, the company owns and operates the Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte and two LPGA golf tournaments, as well as produces pre-season NFL football games for non-owned stations.

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