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Kansas station picks up ex-WPXI weatherman

Tuesday, August 22, 2000

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

Former WPXI weathercaster Dennis Bowman has a new job.

He begins Sept. 18 as the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. meteorologist at WIBW, the CBS affiliate in Topeka, Kan.

And he expects to get home each night before 11 p.m.

"You're not more than 18 minutes away from anything in Topeka," he said.

Bowman said he also had offers in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Rochester, N.Y., but the Topeka station "blew the other offers out of the water." The Topeka job also puts him within an hour of where his 83-year-old parents live and four hours from his wife's parents.

Although it's a drop from Pittsburgh's market No. 20 to Topeka's market No. 138, Bowman has no qualms about the change.

"At this point in my career, I want to be appreciated where I am by the people I'm working for, which I will be there," he said, adding that the proximity to family was a draw as well. "When you come to a crossroads in your career, you start thinking about everything."

Bowman replaces Dave Relihan, a forecaster at WIBW for 19 years, who left to work for the rival ABC station in Topeka earlier this summer.

In addition to his new gig, Bowman also received his American Meteorological Society seal yesterday, something he has worked to get for the past several years.

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