Posted: 4:47 pm Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

David Chandley says he plans to leave Channel 2 Action News after more than 25 years 

By Rodney Ho

David Chandley head shot

David Chandley joined Channel 2 Action News in November, 1988.

David Chandley, a meteorologist with Channel 2 Action News for 25 years, announced in a staff meeting Wednesday he plans to leave the station at the end of his contract July 11.

News director Mike Dreaden confirmed Chandley’s intentions but declined to comment further.

A University of Georgia graduate, Chandley joined WSB-TV in November 1988. He appears on the daily 5 p.m. newscast.

Chandley has won five Southeast Emmy Awards and taken home the Associated Press Best Weather Reporting Award 11 times, most recently in 2012, according to his biography on the WSB website (which was taken down later in the afternoon.)

UPDATE: He released a statement on Facebook at about 7:30 p.m.:

After 25+ years at WSB-TV, I have decided to not renew my contract. @lhchandley and I have faith and trust in The Lord’s plan for our lives. My career goal has always been to be a chief meteorologist and when my current contract expires on July 11th, that pursuit will begin. Please follow me on my new twitter account @davidchandley

If he leaves July 11, he has a 180-day non-compete clause that will prevent him from immediately joining any other Atlanta TV station until January, 2015.

UPDATED July 7: In a follow up interview, Chandley said he hungers to be the boss. “I want to be the one who is able to dictate and initiate how weather is covered,” he said. “The sports analogy is I’ve been the back-up quarterback for many years. I want the responsibility to be the lead quarterback. I want to know what that feels like.”

Glenn Burns has been the long-time chief meteorologist at WSB. He realized Burns wasn’t planning to retire any time soon so he felt this was the right time to make a move. He said he told management in April and was aware the bosses were hoping he’d change his mind. But his mind was set.

“It’s a great company,” Chandley said. “They’re good people. They couldn’t provide me what I wanted for my career goals. That’s why I have to go elsewhere.”

Chandley said he’s proud of his consistency, being the “calming voice during severe weather.”

He’s also amazed that he, Karen Minton and Burns have been together for nearly 26 consecutive years at the same station. (Brad Nitz joined as a fourth a few years back.) “It’s bittersweet,” he said, breaking up the family.

“I’ve known him since he had a perm!” said Monica Pearson, the former WSB anchor who retired in 2012 after 37 years. “He has the meteorology background, of course, but more importantly, he understands the history of the metro Atlanta area. He’s a Georgia boy. He also has that common touch. I love it when he goes out and covers tornadoes and is able to tell a story through people’s eyes.”

Today, WSB introduced a new meteorologist for the noon news program Katie Walls.

UPDATE: July 3, 2014: Chandley added fresh comments this morning on his Facebook/Instagram:

It’s the 1st day of the rest of my life. Words cannot express how I feel this morning reading all the comments on social media. I am a blessed man challenged to be better man. I have a loving family, supportive friends and colleagues, and serve a God that gives me immeasurably more every day. Keep following me thru this journey. Today, it’s a round of golf with some special people.

There have been plenty of changes on the TV news weather front this year.

Last month, Fox 5 chief meteorologist Ken Cook announced he was retiring after 35 years. His departure date has not been announced beyond the fact it will be sometime this summer. A Fox spokeswoman said the station is holding a nationwide search. Steve Milone, a weekend meteorologist, also announced his departure a few days ago.

Earlier this year, Mike Francis was let go as chief meteorologist at 11 Alive, the NBC affiliate. Francis said in a blog Tuesday that he has become a Keller Williams real estate agent.

“We’ll see how it plays out,” Chandley said.

He plans to take the six-month break to enjoy his new home  in Inman Park. He will walk and bike, as well as play golf and get even more involved with Passion City Church.

 

71 comments
wheatbread
wheatbread

David, be sure an check with someone who at least attended law school. Much better if they also passed the GA Bar. Valid Union Contracts and Valid Individual Contracts are usually enforceable in all states and DC, including  in these so called right to work states. I guess the T Party might try to pass something in the GA general Assembly to make sure the contractual rights of employees are further diminished but not of mega companies.

rcordaro
rcordaro

David...talk to your attorney! Non-competes are unenforceable in right to work states...like Ga.

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

For some reason I always thought he was better than the rest there. Maybe it was his persona. He's a good'un and will be missed by many....very detailed in his descriptions.......Hope you're a "Top Dawg" soon!......

Maps4533
Maps4533

Sorry to hear as well!! You are missed

MBY
MBY

Awww, I love watching Glenn, David, and Brad (Karen, not so much). Glad he has blessed us with his charm for so long!

WesYount
WesYount

Wow... Sorry to  hear this news.  I always figured David would take the helm when Glenn retired.  Definitely a huge loss for WSB!

Eric_2003
Eric_2003

With the non-compete clause, it'd likely be January 2015 that David Chandley would be able to return to Atlanta TV on a competing station. It would remain to be seen if he's to get picked by Fox-5, 11-Alive, or CBS-46.


Over at 5... Ken Cook will be leaving before the end of this month.  I too believe that Joanne Feldman deserves promotion to chief meteorologist... or Jeff Hill getting the promotion, if Joanne doesn't get it or isn't interested.


Over at 11... Chris Holcomb, who has been at 11-Alive since 1991, has proven himself to the Atlanta TV audience.  Most of the last 23 years, he's been seen on 11's weekend morning and weekend evening newscasts.  Chris did morning and noon weather March 2008-January 2009... from Flip Spiceland's departure, until Chesley McNeil's arrival... Chris got pushed back to weekends.  Chris has been doing evening weather since January, following Mike Francis' sudden ouster.  Not sure when Chris' contract is up for renewal either... or if he's likely to be moved back to weekends yet again.


Over at 46... Markina Brown has been there since September 2010, following Dagmar Midcap's departure.  Some would prefer Paul Ossmann getting promoted to chief meteorologist, in the event that Markina is to leave... or maybe Paul getting promoted to mornings, in the event that Jennifer Valdez is to leave.


As for Glenn Burns retiring... my guess would be around 2016 or 2017, unless he's willing to ride it out until 2020.

jojaju
jojaju

WOW---Have always liked David and will miss him!!!  I wish him the blessings of the Lord and he is correct, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and following the guidance of the Lord is the best he can do.

Bye DAVID, take care and be blessed   

MisterMikey
MisterMikey

David would be a good replacement for either Ken Cook or Mike Francis.  I wish him nothing but good luck.

shameful
shameful

This will be WSBTV's loss! David Chandley is by far the most friendly, down to earth individual in his position. While CH 2 is far superior, weather wise, they are allowing a real pro leave their station and quite possibly become a competitor to be reckoned with. This is sad news, not only for me but for all those kiddies on Christmas eve. That typifies what David Chandley is all about.

Again, WSBTV's big loss. He will most certainly land on his feet, well placed. He has probably already had a number of offers and feelers.


SoGaBoy
SoGaBoy

Remember him well from the old WALB days in Albany before Atl ever knew him.  Best of Wishes David.

JimMcKay
JimMcKay

Is it a coincidence that Steve Milone, the weekend morning and behind the scenes Meteorologist at Fox5 said his goodbye's last weekend? (not a mention ANYWHERE about that.) Hmmm.

I was thinking maybe they would put Joanne Feldman to replace Ken and bring back Paul Ossman for Good Day Atlanta (where it all began for him), but maybe Chandley makes more sense, he's certainly earned his stripes and Atlanta  knows him well. We shall see.

ChuckClausen
ChuckClausen

He's been great, it's exciting to do new things in a new enviroment

jjspaper
jjspaper

I have stopped watching WSB news - way too much focus on violence. 5 and 11 are my choices now and would love to see Davd wind up at 5 to fill the very large loss of Ken Cook.

JONBONBON
JONBONBON

I don't know how I am going to go on!!!  lol

BossHoggette
BossHoggette

My guess would be he got the job at FOX to replace Ken Cook as chief weather guesser

sleepless_nga
sleepless_nga

David will be missed. As time goes on the whole old team for channel two will too, and all the new generation will take over. David has done a great job for all these years and it is only further up the ladder he goes. My guess is channel five too! 

God Bless David, you'll do well where ever you decide to go!


Jamesr1991
Jamesr1991

Great guy hate to see him go. Lord willing he'll land at 5. Ken cook who is a class act will be missed at WAGA as well. Guess Burns wasn't planning on retiring anytime soon. Best of luck.

CmdrR
CmdrR

David deserves only the best. He is a pro and a fun individual.

LostGoat
LostGoat

david will end up with the top job at fox or cbs for huge money! 

NightWatcher
NightWatcher

David would be a huge get for 5.  They need somebody of that level to replace Ken -he's a nice guy, he KNOWS the weather as well as anyone I can think of, and he works his tail off.    


11 is where talent goes to crash on rocks and burnout and everybody in town knows it.   46 is where you go when nobody else wants you.    In the case off Ossmann, that's insane.  But at least he landed.  


Anyway, the 180-day non-competes are air only.  There is zero stopping David from working off-air immediately and hopping stations like this you kinda want time to rehearse, adjust, do dry runs, do meet and greets.  If he goes to 5, he's got lots of time for that.   Good luck to you David!  

Titandave
Titandave

Best wishes David Chandley.  Classy guy who has his priorities in order.

Buzzzz
Buzzzz

Can't wait to watch him on another network.  I don't watch WSB anyway.  He'll be a great addition to whatever team he joins.  He's fantastic!

Georgiacitizen
Georgiacitizen

Sad to see him go. I thought he might replace Glenn Burns when he retires. Maybe he'll take Ken Cook's place. Hope he stays in the Atlanta market. Best wishes to him and his family.

supermario580
supermario580

So he's headed to either Fox 5 Atlanta or 11 Alive.  I remember David Chandley greeting my fourth grade class in 1990 at Snapfinger Elementary in DeKalb County.  I have always been a Channel 2 fan, so it's going to be weird seeing him on a different station.  Hopefully, its Fox 5 because I never watch 11 Alive.

ItIsMe2
ItIsMe2

I'm sad to hear this. I grew up watching David Chandley. His kids and I are around the same age. I used to love watching the Chandley family track Santa on Christmas Eve. When kids started questioning Santa, I found it hard to believe that he was not real becuase the Chandley family would track him every year and would look so serious when doing it (lol). That was/is one of my favorite past times. Heck, I'm grown and I still tune in every year just to see it. David... what will I do now?!?! :-(

It sounds like at the end of his non-compete clause, he may skip over to FOX 5. Best of luck on your new endeavor.

pcBobby
pcBobby

He's going to go into...wait for it...wait for it...REAL ESTATE! See: Jimmy Baron, Mike Francis and Paul Ossmann.

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Good luck, David.   I think you should be at 11Alive.     We won't recognize the TV world in 3 months - changes here, changes there, not all are for the best.  (Would you purchase real estate from Mike Franics?   He might be a fine fellow, decent family man, and competent agent, but, just MHO, I don't think I'd want anything to do with him).

netradiojock
netradiojock

I like David Chandley.  I wish him the best.  I predict that he will go cross town to either Fox 5 or 11 Alive to be their Chief Meteorologist.

willbeback2u
willbeback2u

I'm not a fan of WSB2, only watch it when no other option.Glen Burns can't do weather correctly.

vallo
vallo

Good luck to him in future.  Always thought he was one of the best in town

Nshields
Nshields

I'm going to miss Ken Cook.... Not so Glen  "alarmist" Burns

billygreen
billygreen

DC is a class act, and I've always liked him. Not sure why he's not content to stay at WSB and play second fiddle, but if you want to be top dog, then do it. Unlike the charmless & baldheaded Mike Francis, both Cook and Chandley will be missed. Without a doubt, WSB has always had the best all around news team. Best wishes, DC; hope getting what you wish for turns out to be what you really want...

partlycloudy
partlycloudy

Channel 2 has always had good meteorologists.   I hope this one gets what he wants.  He was good.

ComaToes
ComaToes

It's rather funny to me that I remember living in Warner Robins when he started on the Macon station many years ago. I recall how "bad" he really was. In fact, it was worse than "bad" if there is such a thing. I said at the time he would never make it as a TV weatherperson.  Guess he showed me!  Another one who started in Macon was Chris(forgot his last name, baby-faced, worked on 11Alive at one time). No longer live in the state so not sure if he is still there or not.  I did predict Chris would go places as he was outstanding right off the bat. So I got one out of two right, which is good according to weathermen.

bqfox
bqfox

Who is going to track Santa on the tracker. I wish he the best.

ABZ
ABZ

A class act!  I wish him the very best.


newnancat
newnancat

Meteorologist? Throw in that 10% chance of rain in the summer to cover your backside, and we really don't need one. 

We all can read how cold or hot it is. Even us Southerners. 


skeeterN
skeeterN

Hmmmm.......isn't there a chief position opening up at FOX5 in about 3, 2, 1,.............

Hodor
Hodor

Apparently, David Chandley's contract expires on July 11, 2014; however, I see they have removed his bio, and most references to him from the wsbtv.com web site.  He apparently wanted to be named Chief Meterologist, and Glenn Burns is not yet ready to give up the title.  Being that Cox owns both WSB and AJC, I guess we won't get the nitty gritty politics of the story.  A loss for WSB.


Scamwatcher
Scamwatcher

Question. Why does it take two TV news people to read the news? Is it because they are just too slow or is it because this is just the laughable stupidity of the current news business?

rcordaro
rcordaro

David...talk to your attorney! Non-competes are not enforceable in a right to work state like Georgia.

billygreen
billygreen

@JimMcKay JIm, I like Steve Malone, as a person, and I hate to say it, but he was the most uncomfortable person I've ever seen on TV that worked on it, just like Karen Minton when she started. He was much better in the recent past, but if he is called to do that kind of work, I'd be completely surprised...

HCCynic
HCCynic

Totally agree. 

As much as I enjoy and appreciate his work, and dedication, I cannot stomach his employer, as such, I seldom see his broadcast.

NightWatcher
NightWatcher

@Scamwatcher Because mixing it up and tossing it back and forth keeps the view attention span going.  It's like tossing a ball between two people in front of a dog.  The audience is the dog totally focused on the ball.   If there is only one person holding the ball still, the dog will wander off looking for some poop to eat.   This is the same reasons they'll do 2-4 camera angles on ONE seated reporter and move between them every few seconds, or at least every time the story changes.   


This was parodied beautifully in the movie Airplane (or maybe Airplane 2) where the tribal drummer is drumming out his news story, and suddenly changes where he's looking and drums on the other side.   


This sort of tossing is ludicrous  but it works.   Also, the stations HOPE the anchors will have some sort of chemistry and relate to the audience.  So put two of them there and hope.  Or, if you are 46, put in about 5 anchors and hide in the underground bunker until it sorts itself out.  

JimMcKay
JimMcKay

@billygreen @JimMcKay agreed. While a very good Meteorologist, he was a bit stiff in front of the camera, but he got better with time.