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Nick Kosir is More Than Just The Dancing Weatherman for FOX Weather

“I put the rapping on the backburner and really never revisited it. The dancing thing eventually replaced that, in 2019 on accident, and I’ve been doing that ever since.”

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Well before he was known as “The Dancing Weatherman”, Nick Kosir was “The Rapping Weatherman”.

“I used to wrap the weather in a past life from 2008 to about 2012. Like anything that ran its course, I ended up getting a new job in Charlotte,” he said. “When you start a new job, or at least when I started that job, my bosses wanted credibility to be the first thing that we focus on.” He added, “I put the rapping on the back burner and really never revisited it. The dancing thing eventually replaced that, in 2019 on accident, and I’ve been doing that ever since.”

Born in Cleveland, Nick Kosir was raised in the suburbs and from a young age remembers a great fascination for weather. “Back when I was in probably the fifth grade, I remember playing outside one day. I was playing basketball. I look up, the sky was black and it started raining real hard. So I went in. And of course, as a young kid, when you’re not playing outside, you’re probably going to watch TV. So I turn on the TV and I go, ‘Why is every station not showing my favorite TV shows?’ Instead, they’re showing this guy in a suit, talking about green blobs moving along on a map and I realize it’s the weather guy,” Kosir said.

“Then I started paying attention and I go, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s a tornado warning in my town, in my county.’ And I was equal parts fascinated and terrified,” Nick Kosir later added, “Each time I see a tornado warning, to this day, even if I’m covering it, I feel that feeling. And I realize that that feeling is probably called passion. That’s how I realized that I have been drawn to tornadoes from a very young age.”

The University of Akron graduate originally wanted to play football but Kosir said, “I walked on and realized that the humans that were playing on that football team were a lot bigger and stronger and faster than me. So after a year, I cut my losses and focused on broadcasting.”

It wasn’t clear at the time where in the industry Nick Kosir would fall. “I knew that I wanted to be in the broadcasting realm. I just wasn’t sure what realm that was going to be.” Kosir later added, “I started volunteering my time at the campus radio station and TV station. Got demos of both radio and TV put together. I sent more radio demos and TV demos, but I ended up getting hired as a news reporter in this tiny station in Mansfield, Ohio.”

It’s in Mansfield where Kosir began filling in as a weatherman.

“I did a pretty good job,” Kosir recalled, “So they kept me there and after doing that for a couple days, I go, ‘Oh, duh. This was [I should be doing] the whole time.’ So then I went back and got my degree, and I’ve been doing the weather ever since.”

From Ohio, Kosir traveled the country presenting the weather in Charlotte, North Carolina, Beaumont, Texas, and Twin Falls, Idaho. He joined FOX Weather in 2021. It was in Charlotte where he started dancing.

“It was probably 2017. Our bosses at FOX 46 sat us all down and said, ‘Okay, we want you guys to start posting on social.’ And we said, ‘Okay.’ And they said, ‘Yeah, we want you to do that 12 times a day.’ And we said, ‘What?’” Kosir recalled, “That’s just such a huge number. And we all kind of freaked out about it. And then eventually most of us got over it. And I started posting 12 times a day on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.”

The numerous posts lead to Kosir scrolling for inspiration. “One day I had 11 posts done. I needed one more and I wanted to just do it at work so I can go home and be done for the day and I was just scrolling through my feed. And then I saw these guys do a dance. It was the Williams fam, who did this dance called the Slide, like this challenge.

“And I thought to myself, ‘Hey, I think I can do that.’ So I did it, posted it, and people liked it. I couldn’t believe it. I never prided myself on dancing and I have never taken a professional dance class. I guess I’m self-taught and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Kosir’s dancing took him all the way to So You Think You Can Dance?, a FOX reality show. He recalled the recording, “I just remember it was very quick. We didn’t have a lot of time and so. I am always a super harsh critic of myself, and I remember thinking, ‘Oh man, I didn’t do very well,’ when we got done. But once we added it up and it ended up airing, I remember thinking, ‘Oh, that was cool.’ And I made great friends.”

Still, Kosir’s most proud moment of his career was covering Hurricane Arthur in 2014. “I was able to do a live hit. From the eye of that storm. I thought that was really cool. When the hit started the wind was blowing like crazy and then it all went calm. That meant the eye was over us.”

Nick Kosir called it cool for a couple of reasons, “Number one, I never experienced that before. Number two, it means that we perfectly predicted where to report from. We nailed exactly where the eye was going to be.” He later added, “Luckily, it wasn’t a huge destructive hurricane, but it’s still created some issues as it was a category two, and so I was able to see firsthand what. A hurricane does and what the aftermath looks like.”

There is one weatherman misconception Nick Kosir does want to correct.

“I’ve heard a billion times they say, I wish I could be wrong half the time and still get paid. And that’s just not true anymore. Technology has come so far. We’re right a lot more often than we’re wrong.” He later added, “With the advances in technology that we’ve made over the last ten years, we’re able to track some hurricanes and we can pinpoint within 1 or 2 miles where they’re going to make landfall weeks ahead of time. So I would start listening to a meteorologist say with a lot more confidence.”

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Proof That Both CNN and Fox News Manipulate Their Audiences

Playing with numbers and technicalities is a function of what the media does today. Since the average person just reads the headline, viewers will likely move on if it confirms their own bias.

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When news organizations collide, journalism loses. Last week, CNN posted on X saying “US inflation cooled down in January, offering some relief for Americans who have suffered through the steepest price hikes in four decades.” The same day Fox News posted “BREAKING: Inflation rises faster than expected in January as high prices persist.”

While these are seemingly opposite statements, both can be true at the same time. More importantly, both of these outlets are manipulating their audience.

People like their own opinions and want those opinions verified by others. This is what social media has done to news: You read the post, see your opinion is valid, and then move on to the next clickbait (confirmation bias). More importantly, both of these tweets are true because one is based on an estimate, and one is based on actual numbers.

Looking at CNN, while their post on X seems positive, their business headline is a little less positive, “Inflation cooled last month, but some price hikes continue to cause pain.” The change from tweet to headline is striking. One says Americans are getting inflation relief, the other says inflation continuing to cause pain. In today’s world of “Read the headline and move on,” this is why people feel CNN lies. Its post is in conflict with the headline— even though both are true statements.

It’s not until you read the article that people can see how this is possible. The outlet notes overall inflation did cool when comparing January 2023 (6.4%) to January 2024 (3.1%). Four sentences into the article it says, “CPI rose by 0.3% in January.” It goes on to break down why inflation is still high and causing pain in the pockets of Americans. Although the X post is factually correct, people on the right side of the political spectrum feel CNN is untrue because they see the inflation problem in their bank account.

Meanwhile, the Fox News X post and Fox Business headline are identical, “Inflation rises faster than expected in January as high prices persist.” However, the keyword here is “expected.” Inflation did cool year-over-year. However, because Fox is comparing the January 2024 number to what experts expected the number to be, what they have posted is factually correct. This nuance is sometimes lost on readers.

The article does not mention inflation is down year-over-year. However, nine sentences into the article, the business outlet says, “Inflation has fallen considerably from a peak of 9.1%.” The nuance of “expected” combined with the lack of mentioning year-over-year inflation is down is why the left side of the political spectrum believes Fox lies.

Let’s be clear, neither CNN nor Fox News have lied (on this one specific topic). They both chose to present the same data differently. It also needs to be noted, CNN and Fox News are not the only outlets that do this. They all do. Playing with numbers and technicalities is a function of what the media does today. Since the average person just reads the headline, viewers will likely move on if it confirms their own bias. The problem is twofold.

  • Facts are no longer direct but skewed to fit a narrative.
  • Some viewers accept headlines and posts without diving deeper into the article.

We have been trained to share a headline without reading the article. We’ve known this since 2016 when Columbia University and the French National Institute found 59% of shared social media links were never read. We’ve gone from headlines selling newspapers, forcing people to read the articles, to headlines being shared on social media, but people won’t read the articles.

This is only a small part of why The Messenger failed: neutrality. The sentiment of unbiased news was well-intentioned. However, America has lacked unbiased news since 1987 when the Fairness Doctrine was abolished. Many on the left believe this has helped right-leaning outlets. This is false. Not only has it benefited both sides of the aisle, it can be argued the progressives have benefited more than the conservatives (but that is a different article for a different day).

When news outlets collide, the American public loses. Not because we lack news, but because we lack the ability to read the full scope of the issues in one place. Outlets are not forced to present all sides of the political argument or present the entirety of data sets. Additionally, news is not being fully read. Headlines are now king. Shares, clicks, and likes keep the lights on in newsrooms. Most importantly, facts are now nuanced. This forces debate instead of continuity and cohesion.

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Does Dealing With Criticism Ever Get Easier?

Engage in the content of the criticism and ignore the rest – or at least take the high road. If that gets difficult, end the conversation.

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Thick skin. If you work in media, you gotta have it. If you don’t, you either won’t last or you won’t sleep – or both.

Even if you are neutral politically, super nice, and in it for all the right reasons, there always will be people who criticize you, and some will even make it personal.

Having “thick skin” is a cliché I’ve been thinking about and dealing with for years. I find it fascinating that, somehow, I am way more sensitive at home than I am at work – and by at work, I mean on the air for hours every day.

Even the angriest of listeners are engaging, and engagement is what I want. Sometimes, it can throw a show off-balance, but if handled properly, it should never fully derail you.

Over the years, I have modified my professional behavior, perspective, and attitude, yet my foundational approach has not changed. It began with my first full-time television job when a journalist/mentor of mine told me not to ever act interested in ratings. Rather, he said, focus on my performance and content — the rest would take care of itself.

In my first two anchor/host jobs, it worked wonderfully. I immersed myself in the job, and the ratings were strong. I thought it was a mandate to always take this approach, although in retrospect, I was probably more lucky than good. Regardless, following that mantra actually allowed me to learn my craft and not be overly aware that ratings mattered.

Ignorance was journalistic bliss.

Flash forward to 2024 and it all seems rather naïve, but I think the approach really works well with criticism, too, whether it be on social media, through phone calls or even with fellow hosts.

Just a quick note on nuance: Look at the sentence four paragraphs above – don’t act interested. Looking back at the guidance given by my mentor, his point also seemed to be that even if you are laser-focused on how a show is rating, don’t make it a major topic of conversation, and don’t let people think it defines you as a broadcaster and journalist.

All of it may seem like advice from Fantasyland, but in an indirect way, this approach also makes me less vulnerable to criticism. I simply don’t focus on it too much, and over time, it stopped bothering me even if I did focus on it. Make sense?

Of course, it’s not as if I like it when a listener rips me or the show, either directly or on social media; but I never engage emotionally, and if I do respond in any way, it’s usually content-focused.

That’s the key.

Engage in the content of the criticism and ignore the rest – or at least take the high road. If that gets difficult, end the conversation.

You have the conch. Never forget that.

Ultimately, you’ll feel better, especially knowing you did not take the bait and handled it professionally – no need to create any more tension than is already out in the media eether.

That brings me to the moment a host of a show on my station was sharply critical of an interview I had done, saying it was soft, and not holding the guest (a sitting U.S. Senator) accountable enough.

Specific questions were put forth that absolutely should have been asked, according to the host, and honestly, it was used as a chest puffer for that person to show why certain guests were scared to come on that later show.

And … I thought it was great.

Great?

Well, maybe not great, but I actually had no problem with it. First and foremost, they were talking about it, which is good. When I can provide that kind of grist, it’s good radio. It wasn’t always easy to listen to — I was still in the office doing some booking — but for some reason, it did not bother me. This from a guy who gets a one-second side eye from my wife of 20 years, and I think our marriage is in trouble.

In the end, a few of the criticisms were helpful, believe it or not: One or two of the suggested questions put forth on the later show should have been asked.

It’s all part of the balance I seek to create a place where members of both political parties feel comfortable coming on our network. I always reserve the right to ask difficult questions, and I do ask them (apparently not enough for some), but I also try and be balanced and manage relationships.

It’s delicate, and sometimes, elicits criticism – sometimes deserved. Meanwhile, I just focus on the content, naïve as that may be.

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CBS Mornings Scores Big Post-Super Ratings Win

CBS Mornings became the most-watched program from 7-9 a.m. in total viewers for just the second time ever for a CBS morning news show.

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The historic ratings milestones continue for CBS as a result of Super Bowl LVIII.

Less than nine hours following what turned out to be the most-watched telecast in U.S. TV history to date (120.25 million of the near-124 million watching Super Bowl LVIII did so on CBS), CBS Mornings became the most-watched program from 7-9 a.m. in total viewers for just the second time ever for a CBS morning news show.

For the Monday, Feb. 12 edition of CBS Mornings, which featured co-host Nate Burleson from Las Vegas, the site of Super Bowl LVIII, and a visit from Jon Stewart in New York to promote his Daily Show return (which generated great ratings milestones of its own later that night), it delivered 2.9 million total viewers including 654,000 within the key 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. It marked its best total audience and demo figures since Feb. 4, 2022.

CBS Mornings topped ABC’s Good Morning America, the usual morning news viewer leader, by a mere 7,000 viewers; it also outdrew NBC’s Today (2.86 million) by 49,000 viewers.

CBS also bested ABC in A25-54 by +103,000; the sixth time CBS Mornings has led over Good Morning America this season based on the key demo.

This was not the first time a morning show benefited from a halo effect of what the network had aired the night prior. Mar. 8, 2021, was the first time CBS won in the morning. It was the day after Oprah Winfrey’s primetime interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had aired which drew 17.1 million viewers for CBS. The Mar. 8, 2021 edition of CBS This Morning featured an exclusive interview with Winfrey and the premiere of never-before-seen clips from the Meghan and Prince Harry discussion, had delivered 4.793 million viewers with 1.026 million of them in the 25-54 demographic.

The program changed its title to CBS Mornings in September 2021.

For this 2023-24 season, CBS Mornings has the smallest deficit margin in viewers with ABC’s Good Morning America since the 2017-18 season and the tightest margin in A25-54 ever.

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