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Former Fox4 weathercasters Ron Jackson, Fiona Gorostiza find new Texas venues

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Fiona Gorostiza and Ron Jackson on the night he “retired.”

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Ron Jackson and Fiona Gorostiza, both of whom used to be weathercasters at Dallas-based Fox4, have new deals that will keep them in Texas.

Jackson, who abruptly announced his “retirement” in February after 32 years at Fox4, will be a part-time meteorologist at CBS-owned KRLD-AM (1080) in Dallas. He’ll “contribute to KRLD’s severe weather coverage, working with chief meteorologist Bob Goosmann (formerly of CW33) and meteorologist Dan Brounoff as needed,” according to the station. Jackson also will “provide fill-in weather coverage for KRLD and Texas State Networks.”

Jackson told viewers on Fox4’s Feb. 9th Sunday newscast that knee surgery and a kidney stone removal convinced him that “time is a little bit short. I’d better retire at an early age of 57 years.” He thanked the station for a “great, great retirement package” and said, “I’m just gonna take it easy the rest of my life.”

Gorostiza joined Fox4 as a weathercaster in December 2008, jumping all the way from the No. 144 TV market -- Palm Springs, CA -- to No. 5 D-FW. She later became a full-time out-and-about feature reporter for Fox4’s early morning Good Day program before resigning after her contract expired in December of last year.

Gorostiza had returned to her hometown of Las Vegas, but has been lured back to Texas to host the new SA Live show this fall on San Antonio’s KSAT-TV. The hire was reported Tuesday by veteran media reporter Jeanne Jakle on mySA.com.

“It feels so good to be able to return to Texas, and to fufill my dream of hosting a new program for such a powerful station,” said Gorostiza, who was offered a new deal by Fox4 but declined it.

SA Live will originate from San Antonio’s Buckhorn saloon and museum in downtown San Antonio. It’s scheduled to replace KSAT’s syndicated Katie, which has been canceled.

The story on Gorostiza’s hiring describes the new show as a “variety, game, interview and entertainment show rolled into one.”

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