No stranger to tornado coverage, Elwell began his career in Tupelo, Miss., then moved to Wichita, Kansas, for three years before joining ONN.
Rich Wirdzek moves from mornings to mid-day meteorologist. This new position allows Wirdzek to play a key role in StormCenter 7’s severe weather coverage at any time. Wirdzek, who has been with WHIO for nearly nine years, also will be seen daily on Channel 7’s noon and 5:30 p.m. newscasts, heard on AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO, and be an important presence on WHIO’s digital and social platforms.
Kirstie Zontini becomes the new morning meteorologist for WHIO TV and Radio. The audiences for News Center 7 Daybreak, and AM 1290 and News 95.7’s Miami Valley morning news are familiar with the Ohio University graduate. Zontini has led morning weather coverage in the Storm Center the past five months.
McCall Vrydaghs will be Storm Center 7’s senior weekend meteorologist. Vrydaghs, who has been with StormCenter7 nearly three years, will continue her work on all platforms on weekdays. She’ll also be used live in local communities, tracking storms and showing the effects of weather on local neighborhoods.
Brett Collar joins WHIO TV and Radio as the new weekend morning meteorologist. Collar is an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and was most recently at KLTV in Tyler, Texas. Collar is a graduate of Central Michigan University and served an internship at WJBK-TV in Detroit.
Carrieann Marit resumes her role as StormCenter 7’s team leader/meteorologist – coordinating the efforts of all six WHIO meteorologists in TV, radio, and print, as well as overseeing new initiatives on the team’s digital and social platforms.
Elwell and Collar are both scheduled to join StormCenter 7 in mid to late June.