Posted: 5:37 am Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Mike Francis, former 11 Alive chief meteorologist, leaving TV for real estate 

By Rodney Ho

Mike Francis has been chief meteorologist at 11 Alive for about two and a half years. CREDIT: 11 Alive

Mike Francis was chief meteorologist at 11 Alive for about two and a half years until earlier this year. CREDIT: 11 Alive

Mike Francis, who left 11 Alive earlier this year as chief meteorologist under murky circumstances, wrote a Facebook post last Friday that suggests he is done with TV news:

A lot of people have been asking me if I am going to get back into TV or if I am done with it….. Here is a “prime” example of why I am done with the insanity known as TV news…..

http://www.showbiz411.com/2014/06/26/abc-news-in-disarray-with-sawyer-ousting-view-firings-walters-return-muir-promotion

A source of mine said he heard Francis might be going into real estate. He didn’t respond to a text related to his Facebook post above.

UPDATE July 2: Francis posted a blog entry at wxgeeknation.com where he confirmed what my source told me. He is indeed going into real estate after 17 years in TV news:

He said in the blog that he was a successful home-builder in Arkansas, where he worked before coming to Atlanta in 2012.

Given the rules in Georgia, he said it would be easier to become a real estate agent here. He said Keller Williams with Denise Buchanan and Kate Boccia at the office in Roswell “have taken me under their wing and as of last week I am a fully licensed Realtor beginning the process of building my real estate business.” He even posted his new business card:

Keller williams Mike Francis

He still plans to chase tornadoes in the plains, he wrote. “Who knows, I might land back on the air in Atlanta because I will not be leaving this city anytime soon. You will most likely see me on the air in Atlanta in some capacity one day, I will let you know the second I do.”

(Jimmy Baron, formerly of 99x and Dave FM, is a Keller Williams real estate agent as well.)

Francis was let go from the NBC affiliate in January after about 18 months at the job.  Sources at the time told me the last straw was when he didn’t respond to calls on a Saturday morning in early January when a major storm was coming through. It took him about six hours to get back to managementand by then, the bosses were fed up. They suspended him, then released him, multiple sources told me at the time.

He describes himself on his Twitter page as ” hardcore meteorologist, I am obsessed with severe weather and tornadoes. I have turned that obsession into saving lives.”

37 comments
Homegrown GA
Homegrown GA

Best in Atlanta?????? Crushers1964, you obviously aren't from around here. Our news and weather people are those we have known for 20-30 years. This guy slid in and took a job that rightfully belonged to someone else. He was here about 2 seconds and got what he deserved. Hopefully now the powers that be understand that you reward longevity, hard work, and promote from within. Sometimes good things do come to those who wait.

TheLazyComic
TheLazyComic

When it comes to broadcasting in general, TV or radio... working at McDonald's is actually a step up. I'd had to put up with some real pant load people over the years in the biz. Same kind of people, that if they were drowning, I'd toss them a brick. Randy, The Lazy Comic.

maxman2660
maxman2660

get a wig baldy might help your career

likeitis
likeitis

A KW Real Estate Agent with no sales experience .Talk about a black cloud & stormy weather.

skeeterN
skeeterN

Dam!! you people posting about how he looks, how he talks, the size of his left ear, is his eyebrows real or fake, just dam!!  The first sound of thunder or the clouds become dark, I just check the radar and go on by my way.

These are just silly and no substance people that Jimmy Kimmel interviews on the streets. lls

JAS0N
JAS0N

"Here is a “prime” example of why I am done with the insanity known as TV news….."


Looks are important in show business, that's the cold hard reality.  

Crushers1964
Crushers1964

What a shame as he was the best weathermen in Atlanta and had a great on camera demeanor.

southernmedicine
southernmedicine

Seems like channel 11 has a tough time keeping chief meteorologists.  I remember when they were promoting him.  The truth does come out eventually.

jojaju
jojaju

I did not like to watch him----he seemed so stuck on himself and really was not that great in giving the weather, so for me, no great loss

metitotktodd
metitotktodd

Mike Francis is a crazy right wing extremist.  He thinks Global Warming is a hoax, which is an unforgivable sin as a meteorologist.  It's bad enough the weather guys hide all the hot weather statistics because they don't want to scare us, but to buy into that right wing garbage?  Put him on FOX Noise.

netradiojock
netradiojock

I didn't care too much for Mike Francis.  He was very stale for TV news.  Then make him a Chief Meteorologist at 11 Alive.  I wonder how the powers to be at 11 Alive feel about firing Paul Ossmann and replacing him with Francis.  That did not work out too well.  They need to be BEGGING Ossmann to come back.

MrGil2U
MrGil2U

Since I live a thousand miles away from Atlanta, I can give it a more objective point of view. TV News is fluff... TV weather is even more so. Viewers don't want facts, they want eye candy and it makes no difference where you live, it is what sells TV ads and that is what pays the bills. My advice, go to sleep early and wake up feeling better and more refreshed, your outlook on life will be a lot sunnier that way, no matter what the weather. Besides, by the time the storm is over your house, the TV is out anyway.


It's all sour grapes from a bunch of people who don't know when to leave.... New management wants new faces. And that is the facts jack.... 

WardinConyers
WardinConyers

Both Ossman and Francis reeked of Macho.  Neither was a Ken Cook.

billygreen
billygreen

I like Paul Ossman (sp?) but his replacement I didn't like. I know it's in style, but I still hate to see a white guy with a bald head, esp if he can grow hair and is shaving it. Puke City! Blacks look better bald, but I believe it's one of those fads that doesn't transfer over to others. The fact that they would get rid of Ossman was what upset me. It's better than the musical chairs nonsense at Fox5 in the mornings; they let all the good people go and replaced them with others who weren't even half as good. And so it goes...

coj
coj

A TV meteorologist  should be available whenever extreme weather situations develop and he knows that is part of his job description. When he fails in that aspect of his job, he is not worth the money he's being paid to deliver.

InDeKalb227
InDeKalb227

11 Alive sucks and has terrible management! Who watches them anyway?

CmdrR
CmdrR

It's difficult to see how management at any local TV station hopes to engender trust, respect, viewer loyalty, etc... when they treat their product like a 'Mr. Potato Head,' ever-changing and ultimately disposable.

nam51
nam51

Francis, on air, was a jerk. Early on, he insulted viewers who were complaining about interruptions of a major golf tournament (US Open) when storms were in the area, but threats had pretty much passed. Never watched him again after that.



TLyle
TLyle

Mike Francis posted what he is going to do on the following link where he will go into Real Estate:  http://bit.ly/1pV18QU

RealKat
RealKat

I think Mike's link to an article about national news people shows that he put himself up on a pedestal that he could never gracefully step down from; he'd have to be knocked off. Those people are at the "Big Show" (in sports terms, naturally) and he's not, never was, and never will be.

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

Who was the weather guy that was arrested for trying to pick up young boys in Columbus?

tlh3791
tlh3791

I wasn't a fan of Francis. Each word he said seemed to hurled at the viewer. DOn't know how to explain it, really. Between the unceremonious firing of Paul Ossman, Jill Becker leaving and the weird flirtatious thing between Chesley McNeil and that former V-103 woman...I gladly stopped watching.

BrowningGlory
BrowningGlory

It's the curse of the WIZometer and bad management at 11Alive. IMHO Mike Francis was doomed as a replacement to Paul Ossman. I don't blame him one bit for wanting out of the media industry machine. I believe that all things media are going to go bust in a big way. It's inevitable.

j_vermilya
j_vermilya

Once they fired Paul Ossmann I quit watching that second!

BoltUpright
BoltUpright

I thought Francis was alright, but I didn't see why they replaced Ossman with him.  But no matter, I'll never watch 11Alive news again because I've had enough of Brenda Wood and her pontification along with seeing Vincent Fort on there every day. 

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Glad he's gone. Will Chesley go next?


Surprised Geddy will be gone.

Dogvan
Dogvan

Thank goodness he's gone.  I couldn't believe they replaced Paul Ossman with this conceited prig. I am surprised though that being ex-Army and a "hardcore meteorologist" he would shirk his duties. His arrogance was obvious when he incorrectly opined about Georgia's tornado alley and other area meteorological phenomena.  If you go to the link provided he references changes at "The View."  When did that panel show become a "news" program? 

junifer_noshan
junifer_noshan

@Crushers1964 my classmate's mother-in-law makes $62 an hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for 5 months but last month her payment was $21997 just working on the internet for a few hours. More Help......

.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,JOBS47.ℂ­­­­ℴ­­ℳ 

siempreko
siempreko

@metitotktodd Hide the statistics?  It is actually the "Global Warming" alarmists (money makers) who have altered the data.  Look up the real "statistics" and you will see who is pedaling the "garbage."

Smpainter
Smpainter

@Rory_Bellows  I think that was Russ Minshew (?)  -- but that was when- in the 80's?

Pam1J
Pam1J

@j_vermilya I liked Ossmann but his clothes were always too tight. Or maybe that's why I liked him?

WardinConyers
WardinConyers

@BoltUpright It does seem that V. Fort is on there daily.  I object to the station's mantra: "We're the station that helps you..."  Leave me the heck alone. Just tell me the news, professionally.  You can virtually smell the liberalism in offering to help us, readily assuming that we all are idiots.  BTW, is Brenda well?  

TheLazyComic
TheLazyComic

@junifer_noshan Jenn, I hear you can make even more than that if you pick the correct corner on Peachtree and work it good.

BoltUpright
BoltUpright

Minshew is deceased.  According to his brother, he was framed and the accuser admitted it was a setup.  Google it.