Early in 2015, KMIR made big changes on the air. They brought back Dan Ball to anchor mornings and replaced the station’s outsourced weather department with a “local team” – but, it appears that by “local”, they meant two hours away in Irvine.
Weather Guesser Geoff Fox, who replaced the Las Vegas-based Brian Scofield, has been boasting about his “garage studio” in Orange County on various platforms on the internet recently. Fox recently uploaded a video where he takes you on a tour of his “studio” and talks about transmitting his signal with the “scary stuff” in his garage:
Fox, who also operates a web design business in Irvine, has additionally taken to his personal blog to talk about his home studio in Orange County. He “cuts right to the chase” describing how his video is streamed from his garage to The KMIR studio:
And an example about how sometimes Fox may be at KMIR and sometimes at his home studio, even on the same night.
And while it does not really matter where your “local” weather person is (hell, they all get their data from the same guy at The National Weather Service in San Diego), it is odd that a “news station” proclaims a “local” weather team, when that is simply not the case. And why is KMIR so against having a local person present the 5-day-forecast at night? The whole thing is just so odd.
It should be noted that the morning Weather Guesser at KMIR, Soumada Smith, does not appear to be broadcasting from a garage or even outside of the Coachella Valley.
Meanwhile, the competition is not only local, but they continue to monitor conditions on the damn roof!