NBC-2 welcomed Haley Webb back to the news desk on Monday, and just a couple of hours before her debut, I had the chance to chat with her.
Webb is having a great year so far. She describes giving birth and landing the lead weather gig at NBC-2 as two of the most significant things that have happened in her life, and they happened just a few weeks apart.
It all started in late December when NBC-2 announced that longtime (and very popular) 6 and 11 p.m. meteorologist Robert Van Winkle was moving to mornings, at his own behest.
At the time Darrel Lieze-Adams, executive news director and manager of marketing and promotions at Waterman Broadcasting — the folks behind NBC-2 and ABC-7 — said the also popular morning meteorologist, Webb, would be used to booster other time periods.
“It was quite a shock,” says Webb of her initial reaction. “I never thought about him wanting to move to mornings.”
Reaction from fans of both meteorologists came pouring in to this writer’s email. The consensus was that folks liked both where they were.
On Jan. 17, Webb went on maternity leave. The next day she gave birth to Jackson Webb Rivera (8 pounds,
21.5 inches … not a small feat).
It was during her time away that Webb was promoted to lead meteorologist for the evening broadcasts.
“I’m ready to get back into the groove of things,” said Webb. “I’m not nervous, but I’m anxious to jump in.”
Although fortunate to have found dependable child care that was willing to make the transition from a.m. to p.m., it was Webb’s husband Jon who wins the prize for most supportive. He took time off so he’d be home with baby Jackson the first two days Webb was back on the job.
This June, Webb will celebrate six years at NBC-2. She grew up in Huntsville, Ala., and attended the University of Alabama. While there the admittedly shy Webb interned at WVUA in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where her love for on-air work blossomed as she came out of her shell. She earned a bachelor’s degree in geographic information systems and has a master’s degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University.
While earning her masters, Webb’s internship turned into a job at WVUA. From there she went to KRGV in Weslaco, Texas; then WBBH.
Van Winkle has been doing a great job with his morning gig, and if the first week is any indication, Webb will be brilliant at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. But that’s just my two cents. What’s yours?
As NBC-2 heads into May sweeps, will all the changes and the recent dismissal of lead anchor Craig Wolfe hurt the station’s ratings? Send me your comments.
Comic book fans were disappointed a few weeks back when NBC unveiled an official image for Wonder Woman that included shiny long blue pants and blue boots.
A smile crept into fandom when a second image surfaced from the set that showed toned-down pants and red boots.
Well, now word comes that there’s a third look, one that will make traditionalists smile.
So what’s the deal? Is NBC that responsive to fan concern? Apparently not. Diana Prince was always meant to sport several looks as Wonder Woman in this adaptation, sources say.
Will wonders never cease.
News & notes
■ Who’s the boss? The Emmy-nominated reality television series “Undercover Boss” will feature CEO and co-founder Shelly Sun of BrightStar Care, at 9 p.m. Sunday.
BrightStar has more than 200 locations across the U.S., including an office in Naples and Fort Myers.
Each week, “Boss” follows a different executive as he or she leaves the comfort of the corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their companies.
■ 3-D or not to be: A new study has 45 percent of people saying they wouldn’t buy a 3-D TV because it’s too expensive. Forty-two percent of people said the reason they wouldn’t buy one is because they don’t want to wear glasses.
Those numbers are an increase in both categories — just six months earlier only 37 percent said price was the inhibiting factor in their purchase, and 32 percent said wearing glasses was.
■ D.C. wives out of work: Bravo has given the ax to its first “Real Housewives” series. “The Real Housewives of D.C.” will not be returning.
The D.C. installment was the fifth series of the franchise to air on Bravo, which still has versions set in Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills and Miami.
The series premiered Aug. 5, 2010 and performed modestly in the ratings compared to its predecessors, but Miami has been drawing lower numbers than D.C.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.