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Updated: 4/23 9:09 pm

   You won't find anyone else in T-V these days with a resume like Don Welch.

   He was a pipefitter.. A radio D-J.. A photographer.. Weatherman and T-V host.

   His T-V career in our area brought him to WDEF in the early 1980's.

    He hosted The Morning Show after Harry Thornton retired... And gave weather forecasts at night.

    Don was known for using weather lore and advice from his great grandpappy Welch.

    In 1982, WDEF aired this profile of the weatherman

Don Welch's energy seems boundless. Every morning he gets up at 5:15 to host the Morning Show. He does the weather every night at six and eleven. On the weekends, he regularly enters six mile road races. We asked him what keeps him going.


Don Welch: "A lot of ham... A lot.. 99 %... try to never be serious.. Have a good time at everything and I'm prone to fib a lot depending on what kind of question you ask me and whether I want to answer it."


Pure ham aside, Don takes his work very seriously. For all the talk about great grandpappy and wooly worms, Don goes to the national weather station out at lovel field every day before he puts together his weather maps.


Don has done everything from being a pipefitter to disc jockey. And while he enjoys the Morning Show, being a weathercaster is his first love.


"but I think in all honesty, that if it came down to making a choice, it would have to be weather, because I enjoy weather. I think it is so much fun. And I love the way that people react to it Because a lot of times, people get real angry if it rains, and you said it wouldn't. Or it rains for 3 days in a row and they want it to stop. And they don't understand why you can't just stop it. Very interesting. But I would rather do weather."


And while he may joke about it on the air, he does not like to miss a forecast.


"when I miss it, there is no one more disappointed. My family will tell you, I sometimes sit here on weekends and my weather radio.. I'll turn it on once an hour all day long keeping up with what's going on. And if I forecast what is not taking place, yeah, it upsets me. It really does. Because even though I realize that weather is something that you can't really do anything about .. You can't really accurately forecast it.. Not like news or sports.. It all depends on what Mother Nature wants to do with it on an hourly basis, but it still upsets me when I miss a forecast. I don't like to miss anything."

quite athletic.


He also loved to play Tennis.


So when John McEnroe came to town to play an exhibition... Don and Sports Director Randy Smith were right there to take him on.







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