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‘I’m just getting started’: James Spann snubs rumors of his retirement

After some of the highest-profile retirements in modern Alabama history, the state’s most recognizable meteorologist took to social media to reassure his audience that he has no plans of any kind to retire.

James Spann said Rick and Bubba’s Thursday morning announcement seems to have prompted some rumors that he too was bringing his time in broadcasting to a close.

“That is as far from the truth as it gets,” Spann said of the retirement rumors. “I’m just getting started… I feel better now physically than when I was in my 20s, and my mental cognition is better than ever thanks to being in good physical condition.”

“Some people slow down as they get older… I speed up”

He even assured the public that rather than going into retirement, he’s actually working on ways to expand his live severe weather coverage area this fall.

Spann has been on-camera reporting the weather for over 32 years. He’s anchored for WCFT in Tuscaloosa, WSFA in Montgomery, KDFW in Dallas, and two other stations in Birmingham.

He won an Emmy Award for his live coverage of the fatal tornado outbreak that struck Tuscaloosa in December 2000 and has been named Best Weather Anchor in Alabama by the Associated Press 13 times.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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