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Weatherman Karl Bohnak leaves job over vaccine mandate

He held his post for 33 years
2021-09-22 Karl Bohnak Facebook
Karl Bohnak

A longtime weatherman, heard throughout Upper Michigan and Algoma, left his job after 33 years because he would not accept his employers’ vaccine mandate.

“Today, it is with a heavy heart, I announce after over 33 years, I am no longer employed at TV6,” said Karl Bohnak on Facebook.

“I am sad, but, to borrow a quote from a famous ballplayer, ‘I'm the luckiest man on the face of the earth’ because I had a dream as a kid to be a weatherman. That dream came true and to top it off, I got to broadcast weather for one of the most challenging, beautiful spots in the United States.  As an added bonus, the people I broadcast to all across Upper Michigan were so kind and encouraging,” he said.

“Gray Television, has mandated vaccination against COVID-19 for anyone entering a property owned by the company. Since I chose not to take one of the shots, I was fired,” he added on Facebook.

Bohnak’s radio reports could be heard on many popular local stations such as Oldies 93 and Rock 101.3.

The story of Bohnak’s departure was carried by news outlets across the United States.

“It is my right to choose the medical options I feel are right for me,” Bohnak said in his departure letter on Facebook. “I have authority over my body.”