The year 2014 managed to surprise us in ways that we never expected. One of the two most played songs in the U.S. which many of us can’t seem to get out of our heads became the top grossing song this year, not an honor to just “Shake” off lightly… we also saw wall to wall coverage of plane crashes, missing planes, demonstrations, verdict after trial verdict across the country and one particular celebrity managed to start 2014 out getting into trouble that followed him nearly around the globe.
In January pop star and part-time Atlanta resident Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, allegedly under the influence when and a friend were pulled over for drag racing in a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. It one of several brushes with the law the Bieber would have in a 12 month period including an incident in February that saw authorities search Bieber’s plan for drugs. The search didn’t yield any contraband and no one was arrested in that incident. This is probably a year Bieber and Beliebers will want to forget quickly.
Changes in local news
We saw lots of personnel changes at Atlanta’s local news stations. One could say it was mostly about the weather. Longtime Atlanta meteorologists Ken Cook and David Chandley left their posts. Cook retired after being on the Atlanta airwaves for 35 years. He was the chief at WAGA Fox 5; I remember meeting him once in person during an Arbor Day event at Grant Park when I was in elementary school. I have to say he doesn’t look like he’s aged a day since.
WSB-TV meteorologist David Chandley also left his position this year. Just like Cook, Chandley had been on TV in Atlanta or a longtime; about 25 years. Its possible Chandley could return to Atlanta’s airwaves; in a Facebook post when he departed WSB he made mention of wanting to be the chief forecaster somewhere. I have a feeling we may see him again in 2015.
11 Alive’s Mike Francis has apparently left the biz altogether. The former chief meteorologist at the Atlanta NBC affiliate has changed careers and is now a real estate agent at Keller Williams according to the AJC. Francis arrived in Atlanta in 2011 from KARK in Arkansas.
CBS 46 weather chief Markina Brown, the only female chief meteorologist on TV in Atlanta left her position after four years on the air. When Brown talked about her departure with the AJC’s Rodney Ho, she didn’t mention her career plans just that she intends to stay in Atlanta for the time being.
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