HINDMAN — Listeners of WKCB-FM 107.1 The Killer B radio station may have heard a new voice forecasting the weather for Eastern Kentucky in the last few weeks.
Chris Hall has been forecasting the weather for The Killer B for three weeks now, “I love it. I know folks are listening, and I’m keeping them safe.”
Hall, 16, of Hazard is an incoming junior at Perry County Central High School
He pitched the idea of doing the weather forecast to Randy Thompson.
Thompson serves as the station manager of 107.1.
“I’m just impressed that here is a young man that is 16 years old that is ambitious and isn’t afraid to get up and go to work to achieve his goals,” said Thompson.
The position at the radio station isn’t paid, because Thompson said there were no paid positions open at the time.
That didn’t stop Hall though, “I just want to help people and keep them safe.”
Thompson said Hall wanted to gain experience from working at the radio station because of his dreams of being a meteorologist and journalist.
“He is a very ambitious and likeable young man,” said Thompson.
Thompson asked Hall to stop in at the radio station and do some reading for him to see what kind of potential Hall had for radio.
“We have people come in and do some reading for us and see what they need to work on and see what potential they have. Chris did that,” said Thompson.
“I was nervous, like you should be when you’re interviewed for a job. So, I recorded a forecast,” said Hall.
Hall said his family and friends have been supportive of him forecasting the weather for The Killer B.
In addition to being the chief meteorologist at The Killer B, Hall is also a certified WYMT weather spotter. He earned his certificate in May.
Thompson said one of the station’s listeners had texted him Friday morning and bragged on how well Hall was forecasting the weather.
Hall can work both at home and at the radio station. He is even able to go live during severe weather.
In January, Sens. Brandon Smith and Johnny Ray Turner introduced Senate Resolution 90 in the Kentucky General Assembly.
SR 90 recognized Hall as the youngest meteorologist in the state and it was adopted by a vote in March.
Hall’s love of forecasting weather started at an early age. He would watch Storm Stories and Storm Chasers on The Weather Channel and would gain a love of forecasting the weather from the TV shows.
He started posting pictures and videos on Facebook when he was 11 years old of him forecasting the weather and by the time he was 15 years old, he had gained a considerable amount of followers.
In the future, Hall plans on attending college to earn a degree in meteorology with a minor in journalism.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.