Getting Out of the TV Business

WXMI (Grand Rapids) meteorologist Jon Shaner is leaving the station and the TV business altogether.  

After 8+ years at the station, Shaner is leaving for a real job. He will bethe marketing director for the Salvation Army's Kroc Center.

Shaner's final day on the air as morning meteorologist is Thursday.

The early hours played a role in his decision to leave the station and weather forecasting.

"I'm proud of what we've built at FOX 17. I've had more fun than anybody should at work," he said. "However, my schedule has put stress on me and my growing family. This was the best long-term decision for us."

WXMI News Director Brooks Blanton called Shaner "an amazing meteorologist and a key part of our morning team." But Blanton said he understands Shaner's decision.

"Jon's role as a husband and father come first, and we support his decision to take a job that offers a more predictable schedule for his family," Blanton said. "Although he'll be working outside the TV news business, Jon has offered to come back often and make guest appearances on our shows.

"Jon is, and always will be, part of the FOX 17 family," Blanton said. "The door is always open anytime he wants to come back to visit or work."