Jimmy Stewart is a 31 year veteran of television weather in Tucson, including 10 years at KOLD-TV and the last 21 years at KVOA-TV. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Physics (Meteorology) from the University of Arizona. He also holds the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society. Before embarking on his long television weather career Jimmy was a rock n’ roll disc jockey for twenty years. He started his radio career in Ann Arbor, MI, then moved up to the larger markets of Des Moines, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Washington, DC.
The Radio Years 1960-1980Jimmy started as a disc jockey at WAAM in Ann Arbor, MI before moving to WHUT in Anderson, IN. From there, he broke into the Top 10 market of Washington, DC where he was the midday DJ at WEAM for 5 years. After a short stint at KSTP in Minneapolis/St. Paul, he moved across the street as Program Director and afternoon DJ for WWTC. Next was a General Manager’s position at KCBC in Des Moines. Jimmy moved to Tucson in 1980 to do afternoons at KCUB, then became the first morning talk show host for KNST.
KOLD-TV Tucson 1980-1990In 1980 the General Manager and News Director of KOLD-TV called Jimmy one day to ask if he had any knowledge and/or interest in weather, as they were looking for a new weekend weatherman. He told them he did not, and they said “You’re qualified….let’s talk”. Shortly after he started doing television weather, Jimmy quit his radio job and went back to school to acquire his meteorology degree. Even before graduating, he took over the main afternoon & evening weather job. He was the first, and for many years, the only degreed meteorologist on Tucson television.
KVOA-TV Tucson 1990 – 2011In 1990 Jimmy moved over to KVOA-TV, first as the morning & noon meteorologist…then as Chief Meteorologist, forecasting for the afternoon & evening shows. Jimmy retired from television weather forecasting in May of 2011. He feels very fortunate that he was able to spend his entire television career in Tucson, a city and area that he loves.