Chris was another award winner at KBPK, and served as Production Director during part of his stint. He also worked weekends at KIOT AM Barstow, CA while still part of the KBPK staff. Chris moved to Northern California to get his degree at Chico State University and further his broadcasting career. First he landed weekends at KNVR Paradise, CA, then he worked in a production/on-air job for a short time at KCEZ Chico, CA.
The big change in Chris' career came after getting a weekend on-air job at KPAY Chico. He went from just being a faceless voice coming out of people's radios to a face on television that viewers in the area recognized. Chris became the weekend weatherman at KCPM TV in Chico, CA. "With my experience in the Fullerton College program, and KBPK in particular, I feel I got a head start in my broadcasting career. I was able to work in my chosen field while going to school at the same time! It certainly opened an early door to my start in television. The news director at KCPM in Chico (now KNVN) said he hired me primarily because of my prior experience in radio."
After three years of TV reporting, anchoring and weathercasting in Chico, Chris headed east for hurricanes and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, taking a weathercaster job at WFTX TV in Fort Meyers, FL. Then three years later, he moved into a major TV market becoming the weekend Meteorologist. He also added Weather Producer to his job title. Being a westerner at heart, Chris recently landed a job at KUTV Salt Lake City in August 1999. Chris is the Chief Meteorologist at this CBS owned and operated station. He holds both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association's broadcasting seals of approval.
Chris is an instrument-rated private pilot and is a member of Angelflight West and the Utah wing of the Civil Air Patrol. He soon will be stepping back into the classroom, but this time as an instructor for a class in aviation meteorology at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Chris still thinks his KBPK days are paying off for him. "There are many lessons I learned going through KBPK that I still put into practice today. Good communication skills start with a good foundation, and Fullerton College is where I got my foundation."
Chris is an avid fisherman. If asked whether he would rather go fishing or be President for the day, his first response would be, "Salt or freshwater?"
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