Shane Holinde is now in his 8th year of forecasting South-Central Kentucky’s ever-changing atmospheric conditions. He actually started his career at WBKO in the production department in Summer 2000 before joining the First Alert Storm Team in March 2001. In Spring 2003, Shane was named weeknight weathercaster for WBKO ABC. He is a member of the National Weather Association and earned that organization’s coveted broadcast seal of approval in November 2006. He has been honored three times by the Kentucky Associated Press for “Best Weather Anchor” in TV Division II (in 2006, 2007, and 2009), with a second place award in that category in 2008.
Shane has been a “weather nut” since he was in diapers! He is too young to recall it, but his parents site the “Great Ohio Valley Blizzard of 1978” as the first big weather event that enthralled their son while growing up near Owensboro, KY. “Picture a little tike in pajamas running from window to window, marveling at the blowing and drifting snow outside, while his mother tries desperately to keep him in bed,” he says. “The power was out and the house was freezing!” Some years later, Shane got his first taste of performing in front of an audience, broadcasting a weather forecast drawn on poster board for his fellow grade school students. Almost two decades have past since those days, but Shane retains that same enthusiasm for meteorology, having covered everything from ice storms to tornadoes.
Shane is a 2002 graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he double majored in broadcast journalism and geosciences. While at WKU, Shane worked as a weather and news reporter/anchor for the student TV newscast. He also spent a semester as a disc jockey for WWHR-FM (then known as New Rock 92) and has been known to spin some tunes at sound-&-light shows in his native Owensboro for a unit appropriately known as “Thunder and Lightning Music.” Near the end of his college tenure, Shane completed a weather internship at WKLY, the CBS affiliate in Louisville. In Fall 2004, he returned to his alma mater to serve as an instructor for a broadcast meteorology course.
An avid parrothead, Shane enjoys the music and writings of Jimmy Buffett (he’s been to 14 concerts and counting!). He also enjoys reading, watching sports, as well as bike riding and fishing on those “sunny and 75” kind of days. He’s even done a little singing and dancing on the side, too! In Summer 2007, Shane portrayed bad guy “Jud” in the Fountain Square Players production of “Oklahoma” at Bowling Green’s Capitol Arts Center. Shane has also participated in both versions of “Dancing With Bowling Green’s Own” benefitting Make-a-Wish, finishing second in the April 2008 competition.
Currently, Shane resides in Bowling Green with his wife Brenda and miniature dachshund Delaney. In October 2008, Shane and Brenda welcomed their first child, Nora Joyce Holinde, to the world.