Pfeiffer. Fred Pfeiffer.

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For local TV news, I usually turn to KRTV, channel 11, as do most folks in Great Falls. The set re-design, the improved graphics, and the website that debuted over a year ago went a long way to making KRTV more watchable.
One thing that has not changed, however, is the delivery of Fred Pfeiffer, chief meteorologist for KRTV. He seems like a nice guy, and he clearly loves Montana and his job. But every single time that I have watched his forecast – every time, bar none – he has delivered the forecast in exactly the same manner. He reads the highs/lows/precip for the same cities in the same order ALL THE TIME. Why doesn’t he do it in reverse order for a change? Or alphabetically? Or throw in some places other than Saco, Malta, Glasgow, Big Sandy, and Belt? A minor quibble, perhaps, but changing the line-up would be cool.
In other Fred news, he’s got his own website, and did you know that he appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” back in 2001? The category: Top Ten Things You Don’t Want To Hear From Your Weather Forecaster. Fred was #6 with this gem: “Rain, sun, snow, sleet — what’s the difference? We’re all gonna die someday!”



  1. Not everyone watches KRTV. If you want a great weather report, tune in to Charlie Heit on KFBB – great personality, and he makes the weather come alive. Try it, you’ll like it!

  2. Good idea, Dona — I’ll tune in to Charlie more often! I seem to recall that he was voted “Best On-Air Personality” in a Trib poll recently, too.

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