TV's New 'Mr Weatherman'

The son of Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, Kim took over the slot vacated by Ka Ernie when he joined TV Patrol as its new weatherman and trivia expert.

By Aprylle Liabres (Contributor)

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Published: Tue 13 Jun 2006, 11:52 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:44 PM

But he insists that he's not there to try and fill the shoes of someone considered a virtual institution in the field of broadcasting.

"His shoes are unfillable," Kim told mediamen at a Press conference called by ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs.

Kim, a Manila councilor, was widely thought to be following in his father's footsteps into politics until he found himself cutting his own path in the world of television. Last year, he joined ABS-CBN's morning show Magandang Umaga, Pilipinas as its resident animal expert. His segment, Animalandia (where he features exotic animals and other such creatures) was such a hit with viewers that he was invited to become a regular on the show.

About a month before Ka Ernie died, Kim and MUP co-host Winnie Cordero went to Ka Ernie's house to film a segment on him. During that visit, Ka Ernie reportedly told Kim: "I will die soon. But I've already found the person who will take over from me—you."

The words sent shivers up Kim's spine. But that wasn't all. Ka Ernie even had some advice for the man he picked to be his successor: "Love the job I loved," he told Kim.

Ka Ernie died on January 23, one day before Kim's birthday. The coincidence was uncanny. It was as if Ka Ernie, knowing that he had safely passed on the torch to the right person, felt that it was time to say goodbye.

But as TV Patrol's new weatherman and trivia guru, Kim says he is not attempting to become an Ernie Baron clone. There is only one Ernie Baron, and it will remain that way.

Instead, Kim — a staunch environmentalist who served as city councillor of Manila and senior executive assistant to his father — wants to bring his own brand of wit and humour to the job. Instead of staying in the studio and reading the weather reports from a teleprompter, Kim wants to go out into the field and deliver the reports from where they happen. If there's a storm, trust him to be out there, reporting on it while it's going on.

"I'd like to be more dynamic, more hands-on, more immersed in what's going on out there. I want to be in the eye of the storm—literally," he says with a laugh.

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