"I am honored and excited," Merwin told mikemcguff.com. "Anthony will be truly missed and we wish him good luck with his new adventure, although he will not need it. KNBC is lucky to have him."
As I blogged in October, current morning meteorologist Anthony Yanez is heading west to KNBC Los Angeles in 2015 so we knew there would be an opening.
When I recently blogged that KEZI 9 News chief meteorologist Justin Stapleton is joining KPRC from Eugene, Oregon, many readers thought he would be Yanez's replacement. I told them on Facebook, not so fast. A couple of station sources were pointing to Merwin for the main morning gig. So I guess we can assume Stapleton will replace Merwin on weekend mornings.
Let's face it, when Merwin was hired to do weekend mornings, I figured she would move up fast. She has a pretty impressive television resume. Merwin came to KPRC after working at KCRA Sacramento, CA. Before that she put in time at NBC Weather Plus and CNBC. Other stops in her local TV news career include KNSD San Diego and News 12 New Jersey.
As mentioned when Merwin was hired, I also believe she is the first TV talent I've written about to have her own entry in the online urban dictionary if that means anything to you.
Merwin will officially start the main morning gig January 16th.
Leading up to his January 15th KPRC send off, Yanez has been busy plugging his new children's book A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle - a children's book that teaches weather science to younger readers.
He recently made an appearance at the Children's Museum of Houston to read from his book with help from Santa Claus! Click the title to find out more about Yanez's A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle.
The official site is jakeandalice.com.
* Post updated with Merwin response