Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Where in the world is Jason Kadah?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:49 PM

KREM weatherman Jason Kadah, who developed a fan base with his quirky humor, was yanked off the air more than two months ago — yet the storm around his sudden and unexplained departure seems to be gaining momentum.

Kadah fans have started two Facebook pages — “Jason Kadah Rocks” and “Keep Jason in Spokane” — where they speculate about his departure, mourn the loss of his off-beat humor in the mornings and post updates on his latest movements.

A post from July 26 reads, “Where [oh] Where is my favorite weatherman? I wonder if he was at Skyfest...” And then, on Aug. 2: “Has anyone seen Jason around Spokane?”

You can already buy “Keep Jason in Spokane” T-shirts on the web and there is also talk about running pro-Kadah ads in local publications, including The Inlander.

Meanwhile, neither Kadah nor KREM is willing to put the speculation to rest. For his part, Kadah is reluctant to speak, citing pending legal action. He joined the station in 2008.

“I can tell you that despite KREM telling viewers I ‘left to pursue other opportunities,’ that is utterly false,” he tells The Inlander in an email. “I feel that people who welcomed me into their home every day deserve to know why I suddenly disappeared, and the reasons given (to me) by KREM for my dismissal. But I'll wait until some legal issues with KREM have been finalized. I/we continue to be DUMBFOUNDED by the support of the community, and sincerely thank them for it. This is just one of the reasons we want to stay. I am looking for opportunities in or out of television locally, however there is currently more interest from out-of-town employers. Thank you again to everyone who has been so supportive!”

KREM’s News Director Noah Cooper referred all questions to the station’s general manager, Jamie Aitken, who is on vacation until Monday. We will check back with Aitken on Monday.

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Jacob H. Fries

Jacob H. Fries is the editor of the Inlander. In that position, he oversees editorial coverage of the paper and occasionally contributes his own writing. Before joining the paper, he wrote for numerous publications, including the Tampa Bay Times, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. He grew up in Spokane Valley...