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Kevin Janison leaves News 3

Kevin Janison’s final predictions on KSNV Channel 3 were his. The famous and veteran meteorologist told his audience after Thursday’s 5 p.m. TV show that he was leaving the station.

Janison may well quit broadcast journalism altogether.

“It was an absolutely great and amazing trip,” Janison said on air, with her weather map in the background. “There’s a good chance this will be the last weather casting that I’ll ever be involved with. At some point I will word exactly what I mean as to why. He then thanked his supporters.

This decision would have come as a surprise to Janison’s colleagues. Its decision is effective immediately. Janison’s contract with NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcasting was scheduled to expire on New Years Eve. The two sides were unable to strike a deal, leaving Janison a free agent just before he was posted to NYE.

Janison’s reporting on the ground, particularly on the Fremont Street Experience with former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and current Mayor Carolyn Goodman, had become a calendar tradition.

In a text Thursday night, Janison reiterated that he wanted to take the time to collect his thoughts before commenting on his departure or future. He said he would watch the year-end fireworks show from his home, “Where I won’t be groped by drunks on Fremont Street.” Grabbing at Janison had indeed become something of a New Years Eve sport on the FSE promenade.

The departure ends a year in which News 3 has lost several key on-air and behind-the-scenes professionals. In March, Sinclair laid off a dozen News 3 employees as part of a nationwide cost-cutting operation. Hundreds of Sinclair employees across the country have been laid off.

Janison, a highly regarded and valued member of the Vegas media community, has also reported frequently from Toshiba Square to T-Mobile Arena ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights Games. He had spent 15 years at News 3. Prior to this stint, Janison spent a decade at CBS’s KLAS Channel 8 (8 News Now) subsidiary.

On a personal note, and at the risk of getting attached inside baseball to this announcement, I always turned to Janison whenever I saw him on the field. Seeing him on stage was reassuring to be in a relevant place, alongside a total pro. The legions of Janison fans in the Las Vegas Valley are certainly anxious to know what comes next.

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