Sally Starr & Tom Lamaine
Veteran broadcaster Tom Lamaine has been on the air in Philadelphia for 30 years. As meteorologist for Eyewitness News, Tom distinguished himself as one of Philadelphia’s most trusted weathercasters.
A jet pilot, Tom’s early forecasting skills were honed in pilot training at the Aviation Officer’s Candidate School in Florida, where he served as a Navy flight officer. In 1984, as part of a National Hurricane Center reconnaissance flight, Tom flew into the eye of Hurricane Gloria as part of the data-collecting team.
He has flown with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds who awarded him with a special commendation for achieving 9Gs (nine times the force of gravity) during a flight.
Before joining KYW full-time in 1984, Tom anchored weather and sports part time since 1979. Previously, he was an on-air personality, announcer and sportscaster for Philadelphia’s WIP-AM for 15 years where he also hosted Eagles pre and post game programs. He has also broadcast Philadelphia ‘76ers basketball telecasts and hosted Flyers pre and post game TV shows.
Tom is a graduate of Fordham University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English. He also holds a degree in Meteorology from Drexel University. Tom is a life-long surfer and owns and rides a Western Performance Horse, Sky King, in competitions. A native of Atlantic City, he now resides in Riverton, New Jersey.
On November 21, 2003, Tom Lamaine was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia "Hall of Fame." In the Spring of 2008, Tom Lamaine retired from CBS3, KYW-TV.
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