Kim Adams is “really excited” to be back on the air in southeast Michigan again, and making local television history again.
Adams will join WDIV-TV, Channel 4, as the station’s chief meteorologist on Aug. 8.
She was a fixture at the station off and on from 2002 to 2009, but left to become a full-time single mother to her children, ages 19, 18, 13, 10 and 9.
“There have been opportunities over the years for me to go back, but the timing was never right,” she said. “Then, all of a sudden, everything just came together, and it was right.”
After a brief stop in Ohio early in her career, Adams made history as the first female meteorologist in Detroit when she joined WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, in 1997. She remained there until 2002 before moving to WDIV.
When she returns, Adams will be making history again as the first female meteorologist to do all five evening newscasts each day (4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 10 pm, and 11 pm). She’ll also continue hosting her radio show, “Fearless Faith,” 10:30 pm weeknights on WMUZ-FM, 103.5.
“I truly believe… this is divine intervention,” she said. “My father passed away 18 months ago. He was always proud of me, but never prouder than when I was on Channel 4. Not because I was on TV – I was on TV in other roles, too – but he knew how much I loved meteorology. He knew how happy I was doing that. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the call came when it did.”
At WXYZ, she recalled that Jerry Hodak presented the weather during the 5 pm newscast while she worked the 6 pm show. When she moved to WDIV, Chuck Gaidica worked the 5 pm and 6 pm newscasts and she worked the 11 pm
“This is the first time that a woman in Detroit (will do) all of the nightside shows – the main shows,” she said.
A five-year cancer survivor, Adams is leaving her job as a fundraising/development executive for the New Day Foundation for Families in Rochester Hills to return to the airwaves.
“Kim has always been a great champion for our mission to help families facing cancer,” said Gina Kell Spehn, New Day’s co-founder and president. “Her personal journey as a breast cancer survivor was evident in the virtual workshops she produced for New Day as part of our emotional support program. Kim was able to discuss delicate topics like grief, caregiver burnout, and anxiety with compassion and sensitivity.”
“We loved working with Kim every day, but we’re thrilled about her homecoming at WDIV,” Kell Spehn said.
Adams was born in Ohio and moved with her family to Mt. Clemens as a child. She graduated from Mount Clemens High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and a master’s degree from Wayne State University. She studied atmospheric sciences and meteorology at Ohio State University, where she earned her American Meteorological Society accreditation.
Technology and weather forecasting has changed since Adams put it behind her in 2009.
“I have this (cutting-edge) technology and learning how to use it is incredibly exciting,” she said. “The way I do weather will be very different than it was 13 years ago.”
Like other media organizations, the station has digital channels that can be used to communicate immediately with viewers.
“They don’t have to wait,” she said. “If something changes between 6 and 11 and … it’s not quite severe enough to interrupt programming, I have a way to communicate with people during that break.”
She’s also looking forward to reuniting with her colleagues and viewers. Anchor Devin Scillian agreed.
“We’ve been good friends for so long, so I am, of course, tickled to have her back in the family,” he said. “Kim is so talented, and she can do so many things. But her real love is weather and science, and I know we all feel she’s back where she belongs.”
Adams said she wants to reconnect with the audience and continue to share her life’s story.
“The fact they remember me is so flattering,” she said. “It’s because I’ve shared quite a bit of my personal life.”
Twenty five years ago, Adams was a single woman with no children
“They’ve watched me change into a cancer survivor and single mother of five. And they’re with me, supporting me all the way,” she said. “It creates a bond that makes me want to work even harder to please them, to give them what they need and what they want because I love my audience.”