Stepping Down in Motown

A longtime Motown Weatherman is hanging up the clicker for good. 

WWJ Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus has spent 33 years at the Detroit station and 42 years in the business.

But now, you can stick a fork in him.....he's done. 

“It’s surreal,” he said. “It’s one of those situations where I knew I was going to retire at the end of May and as it gets closer and closer and closer, it’s like ‘wow, it’s here.'”

Madaus celebrated his special final day at work last Wednesday with a lunch party with coworkers, and a surprise visitor. His son flew in secretly from his own job as a morning show host in Memphis, Tenn., to wish him well.

“When I saw him I was surprised and happy,” Madaus said. “It was just a joy to see him come in for my last day.”

Madaus will be replaced by Karen Carter, a woman who has worked alongside him for several years.

“I ended up working at one of the best stations in the city with the nicest people,” he said, describing his feelings on his final day of work. “But on the other hand, I’m looking forward to retirement and enjoying life and traveling, doing whatever I want to do.”