Johnny Rowlands is a veteran helicopter pilot and traffic reporter as well as Chief Pilot of KMBC’s News Chopper 9. He was a radio disc jockey in the mid-1970s, and started his television career on Channel 9 in the late ’70s as a co-host of the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. He captures spectacular video of some of Kansas City’s biggest storms and stories. He was a member of the original “First News” team in the late ’80s as Kansas City’s first television airborne traffic reporter, piloting his Cessna over the Kansas City morning rush hour. In 2003, he took over the controls of News Chopper 9 capturing the May 4th, 2003 tornado outbreak, the May 8, 2003 Lawrence, Kansas, and May 28th, 2019 Linwood, Kansas tornado.
Month: November 2019
Joe Lauria is the evening news meteorologist for FOX4 Kansas City. He joined the station in January 1995, but weather has been an important part of his life since childhood. Growing up in New York, he remembers being fascinated by clouds and snowstorms at the age of 10. Although Winter remains his favorite weather season because of those hard-to-forecast snowstorms, he’s also lead on-air during major metropolitan severe weather events such as the May 28, 2019 Linwood, Kansas and the May 4, 2003 tornado outbreak sequence.