Longtime Baltimore broadcaster Tony Pagnotti signed off from doing weekend weather on WBFF on Sunday.
Pagnotti had been in that role at WBFF since 2013 after a long run at WMAR and other Baltimore media outlets.
In an email to The Baltimore Sun on Monday, the 64-year-old broadcaster left the door open for more part-time on-air work, but said his focus is now on teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park.
“Nearly five years ago just about the same time I had accepted a full time teaching position at UMD College Park as a speech communications instructor, FOX 45 told me they were starting a weekend morning show,” Pagnotti wrote.
“They said they would like to team me up with my longtime friend Marianne Banister. As much as I didn't think I would like to work 7 days a week, I couldn't resist and committed to a one year contract, which led to additional one year deals,” he added.
“Last year the news director told me they were turning my weekend weather position into a full time 5 day/week position. That helped me make my decision easy to leave since I love teaching college students.”
Even though he called his sign-off Sunday a “final farewell” to Baltimore viewers, he left the door open to the possibility of a limited return.
“Even though I'm 64, my hair is going gray and I'll be a first time grandfather in three weeks, it is tough to say a final farewell to my Baltimore viewers who I have come to love over the past 32 years,” he wrote.
“When I came here in 1985 … I wasn't sure how long I'd stay in B-more. Needless to say it was a great fateful move, also having met my wife and raising two beautiful girls. I will continue to live in the area, so I would always be open to any freelance opportunities that might fit into my teaching schedule.”