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February 8, 2012 7:50 AM   Subscribe

Tom Murphy is an Anchor/Reporter/Producer and Weather Man on Channel 11 in Alpena, Michigan.

Bonus: "You don't want it with Mario on the 150cc, especially on Toad's Rainbow Road".
posted by cashman (31 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Rainbow Road isn't even a race, it's an endurance contest. Anyone still conscious and sane after 3 laps gets 12 points automatically.
posted by DU at 7:56 AM on February 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


That was more amusing than I was ready to admit.
posted by Vhanudux at 8:00 AM on February 8, 2012 [3 favorites]


I wonder if the >60y.o. market that probably makes up 80% of the newscast's audience writes angry letters to the station manager every time this guy's on...
posted by kuanes at 8:01 AM on February 8, 2012


Now I'm trying to think of ways to incorporate all bone thugs n harmony hooks into newscasts...
posted by wikipedia brown boy detective at 8:05 AM on February 8, 2012


He missed a chance to make a joke about LSD when those giant "L" s were floating around. Or is that too obscure?
posted by Liquidwolf at 8:11 AM on February 8, 2012


Now and then when my Super Mario Brothers ringtone pipes up, I've enjoyed looking around and sharing that slow Fight Club nod with the nearby stranger who knows exactly what that's about. Sometimes from some surprising people, too; once from a very serious-looking young woman with a laywer's briefcase and what must have been a $2000 suit, another time with a wizened-looking elderly man in a turban.

Finding out unexpectedly that you're among your people? Feels good, man. Feels good.
posted by mhoye at 8:11 AM on February 8, 2012 [10 favorites]


I find him a touch annoying, but he has an obvious enthusiasm for what he does, and that can translate into success. Hell, Letterman started off as a small market weatherman.

I suspect in 20 years, this guy is going to either be on a late night show, or have the most bitchin Subaru dealership in Traverse City.
posted by timsteil at 8:12 AM on February 8, 2012 [18 favorites]


+1 for "like Gargamel getting rid of the smurfs - no more blue anymore."
posted by googly at 8:12 AM on February 8, 2012 [6 favorites]


It's so cute what the children are doing these days. Those young people and their youthful enthusiasm!

I'm just going to sit here and feel old because everyone on television looks twelve years old.
posted by winna at 8:15 AM on February 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Like the woman in the $2000 suit is really going to look at the guy with the Super Mario Brothers ringtone....COME ON!
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 8:15 AM on February 8, 2012 [9 favorites]


The Smurfs reference kind of threw me for a minute, actually. Is he old enough to have watched the Smurfs on TV? ...Wow, it was on until 1989, so I guess so. And won an Emmy for "outstanding children's entertainment series"? Some of these awards don't hold up so well when you watch them later....
posted by DU at 8:21 AM on February 8, 2012


This guy won't last long in Alpena. He can actually speak coherently and understands how to act in front of a green screen. Grand Rapids, look out!
posted by Kokopuff at 8:23 AM on February 8, 2012 [4 favorites]


My personal favorite
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 8:27 AM on February 8, 2012


The Smurfs reference kind of threw me for a minute, actually. Is he old enough to have watched the Smurfs on TV?

He might have seen the movie ... last year.
posted by chavenet at 8:35 AM on February 8, 2012


Yo that's cool and Imma let you finish etc, but I prefer the weather in Poland
posted by The Discredited Ape at 8:40 AM on February 8, 2012 [5 favorites]


Metafilter: Check out that gopher right there.
posted by fijiwriter at 8:55 AM on February 8, 2012


Nutty weathermen/weatherwomen is a thing, isn't it? People love to know about the weather and yet, paradoxically, it's boring. So there's always been these folks who are quirky and nutty and make a name for themselves that way.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:57 AM on February 8, 2012


Yo that's cool and Imma let you finish etc, but I prefer the weather in Poland

What the hell was that all about?
posted by KokuRyu at 9:12 AM on February 8, 2012


What the hell was that all about?

Rogers Coleman-Wilson is from Sierra Leone. He fell in love with a Polish woman, moved to Poland, taught himself the language, and is now an idiosyncratic, and by all accounts popular, weatherman. I (or someone) should probably do an FPP about him rather than hijacking this thread.
posted by The Discredited Ape at 9:17 AM on February 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


I love this guy, he's having fun out there and it shows.
posted by schyler523 at 9:19 AM on February 8, 2012


Rogers Cole Wilson, sorry, not Coleman.
posted by The Discredited Ape at 9:19 AM on February 8, 2012


Now and then when my Super Mario Brothers ringtone pipes up, I've enjoyed looking around and sharing that slow Fight Club nod with the nearby stranger who knows exactly what that's about. Sometimes from some surprising people, too

My notification tones are all ponies. It's kinda fun to play Spot The Brony and see who looks up in recognition. The other day in my office, I heard someone's ringtone; it was the da-na-na-naaaaaa! from the Zelda games. It was a customer, who was in his 60s. That made my day.
posted by xedrik at 9:20 AM on February 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Cocaine is a hellava drug.
posted by Smedleyman at 9:39 AM on February 8, 2012


shout out to Foghorn Leghorn week ALL WEEK LONG!
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 10:04 AM on February 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, cool, my stupid high school friends are doing the weather now, bro style.
posted by midmarch snowman at 10:13 AM on February 8, 2012 [3 favorites]


Now and then when my Super Mario Brothers ringtone pipes up, I've enjoyed looking around and sharing that slow Fight Club nod with the nearby stranger who knows exactly what that's about. Sometimes from some surprising people, too; once from a very serious-looking young woman with a laywer's briefcase and what must have been a $2000 suit, another time with a wizened-looking elderly man in a turban.

Finding out unexpectedly that you're among your people? Feels good, man. Feels good.


I know what you mean. I used to have Super Mario sound effects for various notifications, with the theme being the actual ringtone. But then, my future brother-in-law has a very similar setup, so I changed mine to Legend of Zelda notifications/ringtone a while back. Arguably cooler, depending on who you ask.

Anyway, I was called in for Jury Duty last week. I had been there about an hour or so, busily reading MetaFilter on my phone while waiting for my number to be called, when my wife sent me a text, which emitted a loud LoZ "secret found" sound. The girl next to me (slightly overdressed for the crowd that gets pulled in for St. Louis City Jury Duty) laughed, while the guy in front of me turned around and smiled. The three of us started talking from then on - three people in the middle of the oddest cross-section of the human race outside of the DMV, brought together by random coincidence of seat selection and Legend of Zelda.

Funny enough, all three of us got called for the same selection panel later that day, with two of us making the final jury.
posted by mysterpigg at 10:22 AM on February 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


I can't ever think about Alpena without thinking of this.
posted by klangklangston at 10:59 AM on February 8, 2012


Why isn't Tom Murphy the sports reporter? He's obviously into it, and a lot more entertaining than the lame guy with the invisible "10" on his notepaper.
posted by Metro Gnome at 2:42 PM on February 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Young persons! On the television device! This is wonderful.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:31 PM on February 8, 2012


He's no Sonny Elliott.
posted by HuronBob at 4:59 PM on February 8, 2012


This guy is the happiest wheather man, whom I have ever seen.
posted by Bosko82 at 4:27 AM on February 9, 2012


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