May 30, 2012
Meteorologist Mike Madson, a longtime fixture on the Colorado Springs TV scene, broadcast his last show Monday night. Madson, who worked at KOAA for the past several years after a long stint at KKTV, posted this message on Facebook late Monday evening:
Just completed my last weathercast for KOAA. Thanks for some great experiences! For my "inside friends", thank you for making each day one I looked forward to. Special thanks to the technical crew who consistently went to the wall for me, kept me laughing and never forgot my birthday, and thanks to everyone who watched, commented and put a smile in my day. I'm NOT retiring, just "having a summer", then we'll see. - M
According to an internal email from KOAA’s News Director Michael Langley (CKD), Madson’s departure was his decision. A change to the weather coverage schedule conflicted with Madson’s commitment to his teaching duties at Pikes Peak Community College, and he chose to step down.
"Mike was an important part of our team,” said KOAA president and general manager Evan Pappas (CKD). “We are sorry to see him go, but have worked with him to accommodate his teaching commitments. As we begin the search for his replacement, News 5 viewers and KOAA.com users can be sure that our standards remain the highest in the industry."
Madson was unable to be reached for comment.