After 34 years, longtime KATV meteorologist Ned Perme is ready to hang up the clicker.
"My career has been a dream come true,” commented Perme. “For more than three decades, Arkansans have invited me into their homes each evening and have trusted me as their weatherman. It has truly been a privilege and I cherish my relationship with the viewers. But all good things must come to an end, and I’ve decided that it’s time for me to sign-off for the last time."
Perme began his television career in 1977 in Mobile, Alabama, and soon found his way to Arkansas in 1984, joining the KATV Weather team as chief meteorologist.
"Ned is one-of-a-kind and is a major reason why Channel 7’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts have remained No. 1 for so many years," said KATV General Manager Mark Rose. "He’s been part of the fabric of our KATV family for decades, and we wish him nothing but the very best as he begins his next chapter."
The station does not say when Perme will officially leave the station and sign off. But, since this is TV news and no Anchor leaves with just two weeks notice, we're guessing he'll be around for months to come.
For some reason, that's the way it is in TV news.