KELOWNA, B.C. — Global Okanagan announced this evening that long-time weather specialist Mike Roberts will be retiring. After an illustrious 40-year career, Roberts’ last broadcast will be Friday September 6.
“There is no one in the Okanagan more recognizable than Mike Roberts. For the past 40 years, thousands of Okanagan viewers have invited him into their home each evening,” says Derek Hinchliffe, Station Manager and News Director, Global Okanagan. “Few people in the Okanagan could claim as many awards and accolades for the humanitarian work he does. We wish Mike all the best.”
Roberts’ began his career with Global Okanagan (then known as CHBC TV) on September 4, 1973. Best known for delivering the local weather forecast every night on Global Okanagan’s News at 5, News at 6:30 and News at 11 broadcasts, Roberts has also hosted a variety of shows, including Nightwatch, Gold Trails and Ghost Towns, as well as Roberts on the Road.
In addition to reporting local news and weather, Mike is also well known for his volunteer work in the community. From his BCAB Broadcaster of the Year award in 2003 to his 2006 Governor General of Canada “Caring Canadian” award, Roberts has dedicated himself to making the Okanagan a better place throughout his career. Keeping with this dedication, Roberts considers the “Good News Bears” annual fundraiser for the Food Banks to be a holiday tradition, and will continue to be involved with the event for this coming year.
“I’m extremely lucky to have had the career I’ve had, and to have worked with the best in the business, while living in a community I love dearly,” says Mike Roberts, Weather Specialist, Global Okanagan. “I’m eager to see what new adventures await as I take my first steps into retirement.”
Throughout the first week of September leading up to his official retirement, Global Okanagan will honour Mike and his many humanitarian contributions, with some Okanagan communities agreeing to proclaim it “Mike Roberts Week”. Additional coverage details to be announced shortly.
Global Okanagan will be announcing Roberts’ replacement in early August.