KALB welcomes Barrett Phillips to First Alert Storm Center team
KALB has added another new face to its First Alert Storm Center team. Barrett Phillips comes to Alexandria from San Angelo, Texas, where he spent the past four years as the chief meteorologist for KIDY/FOX15 in the San Angelo and Abilene markets.
Effective Oct. 8, Phillips will anchor the 10 p.m. Nightside weather forecasts, Monday through Friday. Chief meteorologist Tom Konvicka will continue to lead the team and anchor the 5 and 6 p.m. weather forecasts.
“We had the opportunity to add another experienced meteorologist to our weather team, and simply could not pass that up,” said KALB news director, Al Quartemont. “What this allows for us is to have both Tom and Barrett manning the evening newscasts, not only on air, but also on social media and the Web, which has become a daunting task as our audience reach continues to grow in that direction.
“Our number one concern at KALB is giving our viewers the most comprehensive weather forecasting and reporting information, and we are excited to have someone of Barrett’s caliber join that effort. Along with our new morning weather anchor Adaleigh Rowe, Tyler Hall covering weekends, and contributing meteorologist Nick Mikulas, we are more than excited about the fantastic team we have in place.”
Phillips, a native of Green Forest, Arkansas, is a 2013 graduate of the University of Oklahoma. His prior experience also included a position as weekend meteorologist at KOTA in Rapid City, South Dakota. He joins the current Nightside team of Quartemont, Anna Denton and sports director Trey Mongrue.
Konvicka, who came to KALB in 1984, will continue to steer the First Alert Storm Center team with his comprehensive approach that includes decades of his own research and data from the Alexandria market. This past summer, Tom and his “Weather Watchers” celebrated the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking program that continues to engage local viewers into the weather-gathering process.