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Van Denton Biography
Van Denton is an American Meteorologist. Currently he is a WGHP TV Chief meteorologist after working in New Bern (WCTI-TV 12, ABC) and Myrtle Beach (WBTW-TV 13, CBS). He arrived at WGHP on April 1, 1990 where he anchored the weather at 11pm, Monday-Friday and a few months later the 5pm weather when WGHP became the first station in the market with a 5pm news.
For 6 of these years, Van had a chance to work with the late Frank Deal and did team weather with Frank at 5:30pm once that newscast was added. Frank was with WGHP from 1969 until 1996. There have only been 2 Chief Meteorologists at WGHP since 1969. Not too many stations have that kind of stability. Other Meteorologist in FOX 8 are Emily Byrd and Charles Ewing.
Van Denton Age
Van was born in 1965 he is 54 years old as of 2019.
Van Denton Wife
Married to Annette and they have 2 children and a dog named Puddles.
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Van anchors the weather for WGHP, Monday-Friday from 5-7pm and 10-11pm. He joined WGHP TV on April 1, 1990 after working in New Bern (WCTI-TV 12, ABC) and Myrtle Beach (WBTW-TV 13, CBS). When he arrived at WGHP he anchored the weather at 11pm, Monday-Friday and a few months later the 5pm weather when WGHP became the first station in the market with a 5pm news. Van had a chance to work with the late Frank Deal for 6 of these years, and did team weather with Frank at 5:30pm once that newscast was added. From 1969 until 1996 Frank was with WGHP. Since 1969 there have only been 2 Chief Meteorologists at WGHP. Not too many stations have that kind of stability.
Van Denton Weather Kid
Van began a weather segment in 1997, called Van’s Weather Kids. In 1999 he gave a presentation to the national American Meteorological Society (AMS) Broadcast Conference in Orlando, Florida on the Weather Kids program. After this presentation, many other stations around the country started the segment too.
This program had been a dream for Van since he visited a station as a guest at 15 years old. He had sent a winter forecast to a Raleigh TV station, WPTF (NBC for the market in 1980) in October 1980 and was invited to give the winter forecast on the air. They did not normally invite kids to be on the air, but did in this case. The highlight was the first snow was forecast to be December 27, 1980, and was presented on-air 2 months in advance. It did snow on December 27, 1980,and he was invited back to the station and this opened many doors toward the television career.
After realizing how important this experience had been for him, he thought it would be great to do this for others. After the retirement of Frank Deal in 1996 Van brought the idea to the General Manager and News Director and they came up with Van’s Weather Kids. He had saved the names and phone numbers of young people he had met between 1990 and 1996 and called these young people to start the program. Once others saw it, the letters began pouring in from others wanting to be a part of the program. This program was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards.
Van Denton Salary
Van in 2016 he was voted ‘America’s Favorite Weathercaster.’ He won Weatherist’s 2015 “America’s Favorite Weathercaster,” an annual contest that’s decided based on fan votes. Weatherist held local polls all around the country and then held a semifinal round that Van made it through. He beat 14 other meteorologists in the final round. Van said it is a “great honor” to win the contest and he is surprised to have won. Weatherist will be donating $500 to the charity of Van’s choice, which is Salvation Army.