MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- After more than three decades in broadcasting, Weekend Weather Anchor Amy Carlson has decided to sign-off for the final time at the end of June.
Carlson shared her plans with viewers on Sunday morning, and with station management and co-workers in early May.
“Not many have the joy of performing a job they love for over 30 years. I have been honored to serve the residents of south central Wisconsin and thank you for the opportunity,” Carlson said.
Carlson’s career started in her home market at WIFR in Rockford, Illinois. She joined the NBC15 family in May 1988 as a writer/producer in the Creative Services department, and just one year later became a part of the Weather Authority team working for many years alongside and under the guidance of another beloved meteorologist, Elmer Childress.
In 1991, Carlson was on the team that started The Morning Show weekdays, which was a half-hour at the time. Since 1995, she has served as Weekend Weather Anchor, working both evenings and mornings, and becoming a favorite choice and familiar face for local viewers. She marked her 30th Anniversary with WMTV and Gray Television earlier this year.
“They say how you truly judge a person is how they treat others. That would mean Amy Carlson will go down as one of the finest people NBC15 has had working for us. While she has provided weather to our viewers for 30 years, I will miss her most for how she treats her co-workers. She mentored and helped new employees get acquainted to life away from home, not because she was asked, but because it’s the right thing to do,” said Don Vesely, Vice President and General Manager of WMTV NBC15. “So many of us call Madison home-- Amy helped many of our new employees gladly call Madison and NBC15 home, too.”
“This is not a decision that I made lightly. The crazy work hours that are the nature of broadcasting have taken their toll. I’m ready to sleep past 3 a.m. on weekend mornings and go to bed before midnight on weekday nights,” Carlson shared. “While the hours may have been the worst part, the best part was meeting some fascinating people in our community doing extraordinary things.”
Through the years, Carlson has been an excellent ambassador hosting tour groups at the station and representing the station at numerous community events. She’s made a difference for the hungry by championing the station’s hallmark food drive and fundraiser, NBC15 Share Your Holidays for Second Harvest Foodbank; and she’s advocated for the arts and highlighted local businesses and events during her weekend guest segments.
“Amy has made a real impact on our community and our station through her work. She’s that reassuring voice during disruptive and severe weather,” said Jessica Laszewski, News Director of WMTV NBC15. “Her service and her decision both deserve to be celebrated. We will miss the passion and care that she brings to the job everyday.”
Carlson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting and film production at the University of Iowa.
“Not many can say that they were able to make a career out of something they dreamed of doing in college,” Carlson said. “I don’t have any immediate plans other than to enjoy the summer and some of the weekend events I’ve told you about for so long.”
Amy’s last day on-air will be Sunday, June 30. The Weekend Morning Show airs from 5-7 a.m. on Saturdays and 6-9 a.m. on Sundays.
WMTV serves as south central Wisconsin’s NBC and CW affiliates.