Pope takes the reins of KDRV weather

What happened to meteorologists Scott Lewis and Milt Radford of KDRV Channel 12? They seemed to have just disappeared, without any explanation from the station.

— Art M., via email

Art, you and about a half-dozen others have written the Since You Asked team in recent weeks wondering what happened to weathermen Lewis and Radford. The station has been bombarded with similar calls.

Everyone wants to know, where did they go? Carried off by a twister? Struck by lightning? Washed away in a flash flood?

Sorry, Art, nothing nearly so dramatic. They just took other jobs.

Lewis retired from Medford's Channel 12 last month after a 27-year career and plans to work full time in real estate, said Mark Hatfield, the station's news director. Lewis had previously left the station under similar circumstances, to go into real estate, but his timing coincided with the real estate crash, so eventually he returned to his TV slot.

Radford, who joined the news team in September 2005, accepted a position with a radio station in the Midwest and left KDRV earlier this month.

The station was sad to see them go but also has been pleased with its new chief meteorologist, Dan Pope, Hatfield said in an email.

Pope has years of experience to his credit. He's worked for stations in Atlanta, Milwaukee and Salt Lake City and, in 2006, became a certified broadcast meteorologist. Only three other Oregon meteorologists hold this distinction, Hatfield said.

"NewsWatch 12 remains the only station in the market with a meteorologist forecasting the weather for every newscast, every day," Hatfield said.

Now if we could just get them to make our weekend weather a little nicer, we'd all happily accept the change, right, Art?

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