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McCall Vrydaghs

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist

I'm proud to be part of the Storm Center 7 team that you count on to help plan your day and keep you safe.  You'll see me and News Center 7 anchor Kate Bartley during the 6 and 11pm news on Saturday and Sunday, but I'm also here during the week - often appearing on News Center 7 at 5:30pm or our 24-hour weather channel 7 Weather Now.  And of course, any time severe weather is moving in there's a good chance I'm in the Storm Center.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology from SUNY Oswego, New York.  The campus is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, and as you might imagine, it thoroughly prepared me to inform you about the lake-effect snow events that impact us here during the Ohio winter.

Shortly after graduation, I worked as a meteorologist for CNN Headline News Radio in Newburgh, NY.  In 2011, I made my jump to television as the weekend meteorologist for Verizon FiOS1 News.  My forecasts were aired in New Jersey and across Long Island, NY.  I also had the pleasure of broadcasting weather for Yankees games on the YES Network.I was born in Suffern, NY and raised in Campbell Hall, NY, roughly 60 miles outside of New York City, but I’ve been connected to Dayton, Ohio since birth! I’m often asked about my first name, McCall.  Ironically, my mother came up with my name while reading McCall’s magazine in her hospital delivery room. As many of you know, the magazine was once printed right here in Dayton on McCall Street.

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my husband, family and friends.  And if it’s football season…you can find me sitting on the couch with my chips and dip watching the game!


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Favorite Things

Book:  “State of Fear” by Michael Chrichton

CBS show(s):  NCIS and Criminal Minds

Dream car: Maserati

Food:  Ice Cream!!!

Dayton area place:  The Greene

Movies: The Notebook & Guys and Dolls

Music: Frank Sinatra

Travel destination:  North Myrtle Beach to see my grandmother

 

Q & A

Where were you born? 

-          Suffern, NY

 Where did you grow up? 

-          Campbell Hall, NY

 What was your favorite tv show back then? 

-          Family Matters

 What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?

-          A Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

How might someone have described you in high school?

-          Extremely outgoing, funny and caring.

 What was your first job? 

-          Working the 10 items or less line at a local grocery store called “The Grand Union”.

What was your first job in television? 

-          Weekend Meteorologist at Verizon FiOS1 News New Jersey, and Long Island.

What do you like about your job?

-          The challenge that each storm brings to the table. 

What do you not like about your job?

-          The potential for long hours. I remember working close to 24 hours straight during Hurricane Irene.

What might people be surprised to know about you?

-          I participated in beauty pageants until the age of 13.  On the more athletic side, I played soccer through college.

What is the hardest thing you ever did?

-          Leave my family

What would be a perfect day for you? 

-          Camping with my fiancé Dan and our dog Mischief.

What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?

-          Like every job, broadcast meteorology has its ups and downs.  But if you love it enough, you can’t go wrong.  There is always plenty of excitement, and new things to learn.

If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?

-          My first day on air, broadcasting during Hurricane Irene, and my first day here at WHIO-TV.

 
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