August 19 – Happy Birthday Tim Welch

Tim Welch on the SMI basketball team in 1966
Tim Welch on the SMI basketball team in 1966

Imagine if a degree in meteorology had always been a requirement for television weather reporters? David Letterman might never have been discovered and Willard Scott wouldn’t have been able to wish century-old Americans happy birthday. Locally, folks my age would never have heard long-time Channel 6 weatherman Howard Tupper greet his youngest viewers with his familiar “Hi ya small fry!” And today’s Amsterdam Birthday celebrant would not have become one of the best known Capital District television personalities during the late 1970’s and ’80’s.

Tim as a member of the News Center 6 team.
Tim on the News Center 6 team in the early 1980’s

Tim Welch was born in Amsterdam on this date in 1948. He went to school at Saint Mary’s Institute, where he played varsity basketball for Dutch Howlan and graduated in 1966. He would go on to get his Masters degree in Education from St. Michael’s College but instead of beginning his professional career in the classroom, he migrated into the media. By the late 1970’s, Tupper was ready to give up his role as the dean of local television weathermen and WRGB Channel 6 put Welch on the air to take his place.

Thus began a near-decade-long run of Weather with Welch, during which his well trimmed mustache and his louder than loud plaid dominated wardrobe graced a majority of the TV screens here in Amsterdam both at dinner- and bed-times. He was noted for being a bit unorthodox on air at times as the clip located at the very end of this post shows…

My complete birthday post for Tim Welch will appear in the new second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays, which will be available before the 2016 Holiday season. I also distribute an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that includes the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty  people whose birthdays I recognize each month. Each newsletter also includes an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.

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