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Former KWWL Meteorologist creates stir

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- When Meteorologist Jym Ganahl left KWWL-TV in the late 1970's, he was the most popular and most recognized television personality in the history of the top-rated NBC affiliate. Ganahl had grown up in Waterloo. His family was well known, and the Columbus High School graduate became somewhat of an instant celebrity phenomenon, becoming the youngest ‘on-air' local weatherman in Iowa television history.  He was probably about as far from controversial as you can get.

Jym Ganahl was just 16 when he first went on the air at KWWL-TV in the late 1960's, and became the station's 6 and 10 o'clock weathercaster. In 1970, Ganahl became the youngest person to ever earn the American Meteorology Society's Seal of Approval. The quiet, non-controversial, and personable whiz-kid of local TV was very popular with viewers, especially senior citizens. Every week, Ganahl challenged elderly viewers to a game of bowling. If they beat him, they got a free game, courtesy of Waterloo's Cadillac Lanes. Senior Citizen Bowling became an immensely popular weekly event, and a huge public relations vehicle for KWWL-TV. Ganahl was the one who made it all happen.

Ganahl did the same thing for KWWL-TV public relations, when he started a television station basketball team, called the KWWL SuperShooters. Every Sunday afternoon, Jym Ganahl and The KWWL SuperShooters would take their basketball ‘talents' on the road to Iowa communities and help raise money for a town cause. The ‘cause' would be anything from a new ambulance or something for the local school. Residents literally turned out by the thousands to watch Ganahl and the other KWWL-TV personalities try their hands at basketball and then join them for a social gathering of food and beverages, following the big game. The SuperShooters, too, became a public relations phenomenon.

In the late 70s, Ganahl left KWWL-TV for NBC affiliate WCMH-TV (www.nbc4i.com) in Columbus, Ohio. He just celebrated his 30th year at Channel 4, where he still serves as the station's Chief Meteorologist. The Ohio Broadcasters Association recently inducted Ganahl into its prestigious Ohio Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Apparently, all is well for Jym Ganahl, except in the controversial area of global warming.

Ganahl has been creating quite a stir of late for his views on global warming. According to an article in the February 5 edition of The Other Paper, (www.theotherpaper.com) a Columbus, Ohio, area weekly news and entertainment publication, Ganahl made a You Tube video, (www.youtube.com) posted on January 23. In the video, The Other Paper reports Ganahl refers to what he calls the "global warming hoax" as an obvious fallacy. Ganahl is quoted as saying global warming is clearly "a fallacy," and he goes on to say, "It is remarkable how many people are being led like sheep in the wrong direction."

The Other Paper has several other quotes of Ganahl's debunking of global warming. He is quoted as saying, "Just wait five or ten years, and it will be very obvious. They'll (global warming advocates) have egg on their faces. Instead of screaming global warming, we should be preaching global cooling. I'll have history to back me up."

To read The Other Paper's entire article on Jym Ganahl's controversial global warming stand, just go to the publication's website at: www.theotherpaper.com.

    

  

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