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Q+A: Jeannette Calle

- January 15, 2015 |

622x350by Michael Sones

Jeannette Calle is San Antonio’s newest meteorologist.  I recently caught up with her to discuss her move to Texas, adjusting to a new lifestyle and what it takes to deliver the local weather.

You moved to San Antonio last month.  How did it go?

Jeannette Calle: I must say that the process involved between moving from Pennsylvania to Texas surprisingly enough was pretty smooth overall.  It was my husband, myself and my one-year-old that moved down.  Our cars and my husband’s motorcycle got here on time.  I’ve heard horror stories when you move cross country that things get lost, things get broken.  All of our household goods got here with no problems!  No complaints with the transition at all.  It was a great move overall.

How have you adjusted to life in Texas so far?

JC: Life in San Antonio so far has been really great.  Call me crazy, but I miss the snow from the northeast.  But then again I like the warm weather that Texas has to offer.  Aside from that it’s been great.  It’s a big city but has that small town feel.  You get a lot of restaurants that really cater to you and everybody is so friendly to me and my family.  It’s also extremely clean…my mother came here for Christmas and said it looked like a brand new town it was so clean!  I’m a big foodie so I’ve been exploring a lot of food…there’s tons of really good Mexican and BBQ.  We went to our first Spurs game the other day…we went to see The Lion King a couple weeks ago…we’ve been to the River Walk of course.  Slowly but surely we are exploring the city.

How are you settling into your new station, WOAI-TV?

JC: Our station is the NBC affiliate here in San Antonio.  We actually just had to get up and move from the station that they’ve been at for years in downtown SA.  The top floor of the building caught on fire in either 2012 or 2013 and they had to evacuate.  Structurally it wasn’t safe anymore so we moved into our sister station KABB, the FOX affiliate.  Both stations are owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, so we moved in there and they built us a studio within that new building.  So we’ve had to really learn a whole new system when it comes to the technology behind it all.  Directors have had to learn a whole new system…different lighting, different studio space, etc.  It’s been an adjustment but we’re coming along.  People are looking forward to being completely settled in.  Aside from that I started on air the same day we moved in and it’s been really great.  I’ve had to adjust to the schedule- I get up at 1:30am and I’m at work by about 3am.  We go on air at 4:30 and we’re on until 7am.  It goes by extremely fast…it’s fast-paced local news.  Weather updates every 7-10 minutes. People get ready in the mornings and tune into the local weather but they wake up at different times so that’s why the updates are so frequent.  My coworkers have been amazing and everyone has been welcoming across the board, from viewers emailing messages to my coworkers stopping by to say hello and offer advice on anything new in town.  It’s been a very positive experience.

You delivered the national weather at your previous job.  What’s been different about delivering the local weather?

JC:  Right.  At MSNBC and AccuWeather it was more national coverage where we had to talk about the weather in every part of the country, east coast to west coast.  Now it’s all local where we have to really talk about what’s going to happen in the morning, afternoon and evening to help people get ready for their day.  Here everything is hyperlocal.  Sometimes I do mention what’s going on nationally…for example storms that hit Southern California could head east and then that’s the weather-maker for us.  What I’ve been showing recently is the cold…it’s cold here but below zero in Chicago, for example.