You can add WKBW-TV (Channel 7) meteorologist and storyteller Mike Randall to the list of 60-somethings in local television news who remain on the air.
Randall, 63, whose contract is expiring at the end of the year, is the latest veteran to delay his retirement. He now is expected to stay at the ABC affiliate a few more years.
Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse said the deal hasn't been finalized yet but the two sides have agreed that he will stay on.
"Mike is a gifted storyteller and beloved meteorologist," wrote Nurse in a text. "He has a home at Channel 7 for the foreseeable future. He is an amazing force in our newsroom and a great mentor."
In addition to filling in on weather for vacationing meteorologists, Randall works a regular Tuesday through Friday reporting shift and now shoots his own stories.
"If you like what you're doing, it's not really work," wrote Randall, noting he borrowed that line from his alter ego in one-man shows, Mark Twain. "But seriously, I'm working harder than ever and loving it."
Randall joins the 60-something club in local television that includes such high-profile staffers as Channel 7 anchor Keith Radford, Channel 7 weekend anchor Don Paul, WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) weather anchor Kevin O'Connell, Channel 2 morning anchor John Beard and WIVB-TV (Channel 4) co-anchors Don Postles and Jacquie Walker. Beard is scheduled to leave Channel 2 at the end of the year.
Nurse also confirmed that backup sportscaster Nick Filipowski opted not to extend his contract after it expires in July. The station has been advertising for his replacement.
"Nick has been a valued contributor to our sports team and we wish him the best in his next adventure," wrote Nurse.