Longtime WHSV meteorologist George Hirschmann to retire

Published: Feb. 8, 2016 at 6:01 PM EST
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Popular WHSV-TV meteorologist George Hirschmann has announced to station management his intentions to retire in early March. Hirschmann, who has been with the station since June, 2000 currently provides forecasts weeknights at 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00.

“My tenure here is not happenstance. It was more a life design. This has been a positive life experience,” said Hirschmann. “I use the word ‘resign’ and not ‘retire’, because there are other things I plan to do; other chapters to be written.”

“George is a staple on our evening newscasts. It’s not easy to say farewell to someone who’s given so much of his professional career to us,” said Jay Webb, WHSV News Director. “While we’re happy for George to move on to the next chapter of his life, we’ll miss his smile and dependability around here,” continued Webb.

Though the years, Hirschmann, who’s a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native, has enjoyed popularity in the Valley as not only a meteorologist, but also a popular speaker and performer. Before joining WHSV, he spent many years as a comedian in the Los Angeles, California area. “If you see me out, say ‘hi’. You may ask me a weather question, but I will be more prone to make up an answer just to satisfy my own sense of humor,” joked Hirschmann.

“I plan to stay in the area for the foreseeable future. It’s not that I don’t have other options, but I really like it here. There’s a real sense of community. I will be available for speaking and other engagements. I plan to stay involved with the community,” said Hirschmann.

WHSV VP/General Manager Tracey Jones added, “On behalf of the station, I’d like to thank George for his dedication, congratulate him on reaching this great place and offer one piece of advice – Keep your golf game in the short grass!”

WHSV serves as the Shenandoah Valley’s ABC, CBS, FOX and My Network affiliate.