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  • Staff photo by Lance Booth


    Al Kaprielian poses for a portrait at the WBIN studio in Derry on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Kaprielian's was laid off after 26 years, but is going to return to doing the weather on WBIN this coming Monday.
  • Staff photo by Lance Booth


    Al Kaprielian poses for a portrait at the WBIN studio in Derry on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Kaprielian's was laid off after 26 years, but is going to return to doing the weather on WBIN this coming Monday.
  • Staff photo by Lance Booth


    Al Kaprielian poses for a portrait at the WBIN studio in Derry on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Kaprielian's was laid off after 26 years, but is going to return to doing the weather on WBIN this coming Monday.
  • Staff photo by Lance Booth


    Al Kaprielian poses for a portrait at the WBIN studio in Derry on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Kaprielian's was laid off after 26 years, but is going to return to doing the weather on WBIN this coming Monday.
  • Staff photo by Lance Booth


    Al Kaprielian poses for a portrait at the WBIN studio in Derry on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Kaprielian's was laid off after 26 years, but is going to return to doing the weather on WBIN this coming Monday.
Monday, August 20, 2012

He’s baaaack! Weather with Al returns to airwaves at WBIN

DERRY – “Good eeeeeeeeevening, everybody!”

After two years off the air, New Hampshire’s favorite weatherman is set to return to local airwaves this week.

Starting Monday, Al Kaprielian, who delivered the weather for 26 years on Channel 50 in Derry, will take the air for WBIN-TV in Derry.

Kaprielian, 51, will deliver hourly forecasts Monday through Friday from 2-9 p.m. in the same studio where he built his fan-base before he was let go in 2010.

“It’s great to be back,” said Kaprielian, who first joined the station in 1983 coming out of college.

“This is very exciting for me,” he said as he finished several shoots at the studio. “I missed being on TV.”

The Merrimack resident kept busy during his time away from the camera. He delivered morning weathercasts for the Telegraph website, as well as WLMW-FM radio in Manchester and WCAP-AM in Lowell, Mass.

But these media don’t always leave room for Kaprielian’s outsized personality, he said. Over his years on the air, Kaprielian has become known for his animated movements and squeaky exclamations.

“It’s easier to be yourself on television,” he said.

So last summer, after Portsmouth businessman Bill Binnie purchased the rights to the station, Kaprielian approached the new managers to see about a reunion. They invited him to the station in the fall, and several months later, they had a deal.

“With Al, you get more than the weather; you get a real personality,” said Gerry McGavick, the station’s general manager. “He is sheer entertainment. When you watch him, you just smile. … He’s got a great following.”

When he returned to the station last month, Kaprielian found the facilities completely transformed.

Most of the staff from the previous channel has been replaced, and the new management team has renovated the A Street station, adding a state-of-the-art green screen to the small studio where Kaprielian films his segments.

“It looks completely different,” he said with a smile. “It’s like a whole different place.”

Kaprielian, however, hasn’t changed a bit.

He still works hard, conducting stringent research, to prepare his broadcasts, and he greets viewers with the trademark squeaky voice and animated gestures that made him a fan favorite for decades.

“We’ve got some hea-a-a-vy rains tonight from Worcester to Providence. … Friday is the beach day,” Kaprielian said last week during a filming session.

“He’s been getting it on the first take almost every time,” Steve Reardon, the station’s executive producer, said while Kaprielian completed a take. “It’s like he never left.”

The broadcasts haven’t gone live yet. Kaprielian has been practicing taping for the last several weeks ahead of the Monday premiere.

Still, station producers have had some fun with him so far, airing a number of promotional spots featuring Kaprielian walking into a Alfred Hitchcock-like silhouette, among other pieces.

“With Al, you’ve got to have fun,” said McGavick, the general manager. “He brings so much energy and joy to the job.”

Looking forward, Kaprielian will continue to do his weather reports for The Telegraph on Mondays and Fridays, as well as for WLMW and WCAP. WBIN producers are already planning other opportunities for Kaprielian, both on television and in the community.

“I’m looking forward to being here a long time. As long as they’ll have me,” Kaprielian said with a broad smile.

“This is just the first step for us with Al,” McGavick said. “We see a lot of different opportunities for him. … We could have done weather a lot of different ways, but we wanted Al. … His enthusiasm is contagious.”

Jake Berry can be reached at 594-6402 or jberry@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Berry on Twitter (Telegraph_JakeB).