WFTV-Channel 9 welcomed a new meteorologist this morning.
Rusty McCranie joins the ABC affiliate from KOCO in Oklahoma City.
He will replace Kassie Crimi, who is leaving WFTV at year's end to join her fiance, news director Matt Parcell said.
On his WFTV bio, McCranie says he has worked at stations in Missouri, Alabama, New York, Mississippi and West Virginia. But he is a Florida native from Crystal River.
He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunication news and from Mississippi State's Broadcast Meteorology program.
He writes on his WFTV bio: "I know what Florida weather can bring, having experienced several hurricanes and being flooded out of our home during the 'No Name Storm of 1993.' "
WFTV has these meteorologists: Tom Terry, Brian Shields, George Waldenberger, Crimi and McCranie.
Which meteorologists are working which hours? That situation is in flux, Parcell said.
But on his bio, McCranie says he will work from 7 to 9 a.m. on sister station WRDQ-Channel 27 and occasionally on WFTV's early morning news.