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WTSP loses weather forecaster Chris Suchan

Changes in the weather team at WTSP-Ch. 10 continue as forecaster Chris Suchan leaves the St. Petersburg CBS affiliate today for a job as chief meteorologist at KCTV in Kansas City, Mo.

Suchan, 36, said the opportunity in Kansas City came up as WTSP officials were considering a new weather chief after the January departure of Tammie Souza.

But he doesn't completely discount the notion that not being offered the chief's job in St. Petersburg made it easier to accept a similar job in a smaller market (Tampa Bay is the nation's 14th largest TV market; Kansas City ranks 31st).

"You should never be surprised by anything," said Suchan, who came to WTSP in late August 2008, as meteorologists Anna Allen, Randy Rauch and Stephanie Roberts left the station. "They offered me a package which was more than fair (to stay). But the end game in these jobs is for you to become chief; I feel like I made it."

Suchan's last broadcast is expected at 11 tonight; he starts in Kansas City about two weeks later.

WTSP loses weather forecaster Chris Suchan 10/06/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 7, 2011 8:41am]

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