When WPXI announced Monday that Julie Bologna's last day at the station would be Wednesday, one fan set up a Web page with the words "DON'T GO JULIE!"
Others of the general well-wisher variety told the chief meteorologist she would be missed. But the most meaningful response, Ms. Bologna said, came from her young sons.
"They said, 'Yaaay!' "
Ms. Bologna said her nighttime schedule of reporting the weather at 5, 6 and 11 on WPXI, as well as 10 p.m. on Channel 11 News on Fox 53 was not conducive to family life.
Discussions with management over the past few months yielded no workable plan to accommodate an earlier schedule.
"Julie is a unique and talented communicator," said Ray Carter, station vice president and general manager.
"We'll miss her enthusiasm and passion for weather. Julie and I have had many conversations about her future. Both of us are confident she will be able to find the right fit that allows her to do what she loves while working a schedule that benefits her family."
WPXI news director Mike Goldrick said an announcement on her replacement is expected shortly.
During her dinner break, Ms. Bologna would run home to tuck the kids into bed, then return to the station -- "Channel 11 made it nice for me that way, if it wasn't bad weather," she said.
Finally getting to bed around 1 a.m., then rising with her husband and kids at 6 a.m. is something she won't miss. "I don't think it showed on the air, but by the end of the week ... ."
For now, the family plans to enjoy the summer, and their older son begins kindergarten in the fall. Ms. Bologna said she hasn't ruled out working on air again, and if so, would be interested in assignments that took her out into the community.
"I was very much straight weather, which I do enjoy, but I just have to find the right fit," she said.
A native of Beaver County and graduate of Penn State University, Ms. Bologna worked at WPXI for five years before taking a job at KTVT/KTXA-TV in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Four years later, in 2008, she returned to WPXI.
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