There must be a couple things that the official job description for morning weathercaster on Miami/Fort Lauderdale’s WSVN-Channel 7 leaves out.
Like being a hot chick in your late 20s — and managing to point at dots on a map while keeping your perfect posture and balance on high, high heels!
Introducing Vivian Gonzalez, who’s perfect for the gig. She was just tapped to replace Julie Durda as weekday a.m. forecaster on the down-market Fox affiliate’s Today in Florida.
Durda, a former cheerleader with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, was just as perfect. She quickly became a favorite with male viewers who posted on YouTube videos of her talking about lighting storms in clingy dresses.
But Durda resigned abruptly after a contract dispute. She’s sitting out a six-month no-compete clause and is expected back on local television in the spring — would could spark a weather smackdown for ratings between Durda and Gonzalez.
Replacement Gonzalez is a 29-year-old local Cuban American who graduated from Florida International University before starting at WSVN as behind-the-scenes producer in 2005.
She was promoted to the lowly-rated Saturday morning gig and waited patiently for her turn at the big time.
She starts Monday at 5 a.m.
VP of News Alice Jacobs hinted that the public shouldn’t assume Gonzalez got the gig because she’s hot. It’s all about “connecting” with the public!
“Vivian’s passion for weather coupled with her ability to connect to viewers makes her the perfect choice for Today in Florida,” Jacobs said in a statement released by the station.
Gonzalez, meanwhile, already has been adopted warmly by radio sports talker Joe Rose‘s morning testosterone fest at WQAM-560 AM. While Rose feuded famously with Durda, he already had Gonzalez on-the-air Friday morning.
Here’s a look at Gonzalez at work: