Chicago’s loss is New York’s gain: Weather shifts Freeze to WABC-TV


Vindication doesn’t get much sweeter than getting hired by the No. 1 station in the No. 1 market. That’s just where Amy Freeze is headed after being inexplicably dumped six weeks ago by Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32.

WABC-TV in New York is expected to announce that Freeze will join the top-rated ABC-owned station as weekend meteorologist. If all goes as planned, sources said, she could be working there by Monday.

Freeze, 36, signed off Feb. 20 after four years as chief meteorologist at Fox Chicago. For reasons that remain a mystery, her contract was not renewed despite her professionalism on the air, extensive involvement with charity events and community activities, and apparent popularity among viewers. To make matters worse, she was replaced by Bill Bellis, an import from KNXV-TV in Phoenix, who’s about as bland and unremarkable as they come. 

At WABC, Freeze will be reunited with another Fox Chicago alum, David Novarro, who rejoined the New York station last December after 10 years as a news anchor here.

Freeze’s new position opened up after WABC weekend weather anchor Heidi Jones was arrested in December for lying to police about an alleged sexual attack in Central Park. Jones, who often filled in on ABC’s Good Morning America, reportedly told authorities she made up the story because she was stressed out and wanted attention. Charges against her are pending.

Although she declined repeated requests for an interview after signing off from Fox Chicago, Freeze posted this message on her Facebook page: “It is very disappointing news for me and my family. Thank you for the kind words and support.”  A few weeks later, she told the west suburban Wednesday Journal: “I am disappointed and it was unexpected that Fox would release me from my contract, but I have also been pleasantly surprised with the opportunities out there and how people have been reaching out to me.”

Apparently hoping to remain in Chicago (and not have to move with her husband and their four children), Freeze had remained visible in the market, particularly through social media. For three days in February she filled in as morning co-host on CBS Radio adult contemporary WCFS-FM (105.9). Although that gig led to a full-time radio offer, sources said, it didn’t pay enough to keep her here without a television job to go along with it.

And yes, Freeze truly is her name — and the reason she became a forecaster. “I was working as a news writer at a Portland, Oregon, TV station and the main meteorologist was going to be out for a stretch,” she once told Time Out Chicago. “So they said, ‘Who can we get to do the weather?’ And they thought my name just sounded right. It was the opportunity of a lifetime.”

 

29 Comments

Krishnan
April 6, 2011 at 12:05 am
Congratulations to Amy. She was a great weather personality and will be missed. But she is so lucky to be off that sinking FAUX 32 ship and on WABC.


Justin
April 6, 2011 at 12:16 am
Good for Ms. Freeze! Another gem let loose by the inept management at Fox 32.


Greg from Schaumburg
April 6, 2011 at 12:31 am
This is truly great! Class has won out. Amy, you handled yourself with text book excellence. May you and your family continued to be blessed.


vince
April 6, 2011 at 1:04 am
So Freeze Is Her True Name? It Must Have Been Interesting As a Kid When Your Dad Is MR. FREEZE. HA! HA!


Mr. Kenneth Noisewater
April 6, 2011 at 5:12 am
I’m happy for Amy, but sad for us.


Zim
April 6, 2011 at 5:27 am
Fox management keeps making poor choices. Getting rid of Amy is a great example of that. Cream rises to the top. Congrats to Amy! Fox- F-off!


Garry
April 6, 2011 at 8:06 am
Calling Bellis bland & unremarkable is an insult to the truly bland & unremarkable! There is something about him that’s a genuine turnoff to me. He has that generic “I can go to any city & fill in” look that’s really annoying. He has less charisma than Peter Francis Geraci, who’s been the standard bearer for the total lack of charisma!


Jerome
April 6, 2011 at 8:23 am
Good riddence and Goodbye! Never did like her much. She may have done some good charity things and such, but Fox continues to hire a long line of out of town dolts who just dont get. Any one remember Michelle Leigh ?


Jill|
April 6, 2011 at 9:02 am
Congrats to Amy and another BOOOOO to Fox! I want to support Fox, but they are making it so hard with the choices they are making!


Victor Wong
April 6, 2011 at 9:18 am
I am extremely happy for Amy; she was a pleasure to work with and a genuinely nice person. I know she’ll do well at WABC. Great talent deserves to be at the No. 1 station in town. I’m glad she’ll be reunited with David Novarro; who is also a class act and is now getting the accolades that he deserves.


Howard Miller's Ghost
April 6, 2011 at 9:24 am
Michelle Leigh? “The Weather in Leather?” Who could forget?!! However, I will miss Amy. Is Harry Volkman available?


boboo
April 6, 2011 at 9:32 am
Talk about falling up.


PGCrawford
April 6, 2011 at 9:35 am
All I have to say is, it’s great to know that sometimes nice “guys,” do finish first. Way to go! Sincere congratulations to you and to your entire family. You have now got the gig of a life time. Please confirm my RSVP for your retirement party (30+ years from now). I want to be there in person to say Congrats, and well done.


elaine benes
April 6, 2011 at 9:48 am
Happy for Amy; always liked her and was sorry to see her go. Was even more disppointed when those Fox Bozos let Jill Carlson go. Robert, please give us an update about about her.


Thaddeus
April 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm
|I drive a taxi in Chicago, and my passengers ask me everyday “do I know how the weather is going to be?” I tell them I don’t pay any attention to what the weather is going to be, and if the weather report comes on the radio station I’m listening to, I don’t pay attention to it. The reason why I don’t pay attention to the weather because there’s nothing we can do to change bad weather to good weather. I just wake up in the morning and take whatever weather comes. Complaining won’t do any good.


A Carbuncle on Bozo's Nose
|April 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm
There is a God!!! The cream rises to the top while turds sink. Amy is the cream by any measure and it’s great that she’s going to number 1. As for her former station and things that sink… BTW, anyone who even brings Amy Freeze up in the same page as Michelle Leigh is more clueless than the folks investigating the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.


jcraig
April 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm
Good for Amy! I haven’t watched Fox 32 News since she left. On top of all the complimentary things said about her here, she was also the most accurate meteorologist in the Chicago market (sorry Tom). Our loss is certainly NY’s gain. Congrats Amy, good things happen to good people.


Jack
April 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm
Amy’s great. And it is also great that WABC TV in the largest market in the country was smart enough to grab her. It’s Fox Chicago’s loss for sure.


PKS
April 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm
Congrats to Amy!! The Chicagoland area will miss her!


Peggy Cundiff
April 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm
Jeffersonville Indiana residents are proud of you Amy and wish you the best. She is the cream of the crop as is her whole family. When that door shut at Fox, God already had a plan for you. I watch the Today show right now but I guess I will have to watch Good Morning America in case you get the opportunity to fill in!!!


Jed
April 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Wasn’t this the same Heidi Jones that hosted that God-awful Tech show on LWN? That show was just brutal to watch and if that’s the case, then she deserves what she’s getting for making up BS lies to garner attention. As for Freeze, never cared for her in the least bit as she came off as a prima-dona diva who thought she was better in her job than anyone else but I bet she’s happy she got out of that trainwreck of a news division at FOX 32. That station is in desperate need of an overhaul on all fronts. Good luck to her anyways.


Melba Lairz
April 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm
I never understood why Fox dumped her – although I DO understand why they prevented her from jumping to another Chicago station. She’s a credible communicator who never resorted to distracting sexuality in order to keep my interest. High fives, Amy!


Bill Curtis
April 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm
Amy is excellent. I can’t believe Fox let her go. The Chicago Fire will miss having her around town.


jack
April 7, 2011 at 8:57 am
On the other hand, Amy becomes the Phil Schwartz of New York. She didn’t get the 11 p.m. gig. They apparently also dropped the Accuweather.com channel (as did Chicago), so she won’t appear every 6 minutes there. Personally, I’m still waiting for Rick D’ [hold the] Maio to get his gig back.


victheengineer
April 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Actually Amy is one of the few news personalities who looked better in HD than analog. Sounded good, too.


FORMER FOX VIEWER
April 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm
Amy was nothing but good in the community and in her job at fox yet she was run out of town by A woman who ran cbs into the ground.(carol fowler)I encourag everyone to do what i did,and boycott fox chicago…


GrippoMarx
April 8, 2011 at 3:15 am
How do you let go a weather person named Freeze? Bob Sirott’s efforts at Fox 32, while well-intentioned, are doomed. Channel 2 should have grabbed him for the 10 PM newscast when they had the chance.


afreshmusic
April 9, 2011 at 11:06 am
I enjoyed Amy on Fox Chicago but I stop watching Fox after they let Nancy Loo go and replaced her with Joanie Lum (nothing against Joanie). Fox Chicago blows: Anna and Corey in the mornings are painful to watch. I see Amy Freeze will be joining another former Fox Chicagoan (David Navarro) out in New York. New York is taking Fox’s cream and they are replacing them with the coffee ground at the bottom of the cup. YIKES!


TheoJonsson
April 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm
I am a great supporter of the Fox network as far as news coverage etc. I cannot understand how Fox 32 WFLD in Chicago could let go of a first class employee like Amy Freeze. It may sound strange to many but cold it have been because she was just simply too decent. Sometimes a good person makes superiors uncomfortable. I think WFLD slipped this one past the real hierarchy of FOX. Too bad a sad loss for Chicago.

 

 


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