Mike Fairbourne Through The Years

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Mike Fairbourne
Mike Fairbourne in the late 1970s reports on a Tornado Watch.
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Mike Fairbourne, Dave Moore
Dave Moore with Mike Fairbourne in the late 1970s.
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Mike Fairbourne
Mike Fairbourne uses chalk to write down the temperatures.
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Mike Fairbourne, Dave Moore
Dave Moore with Mike Fairbourne in the late 1970s.
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Mike Fairbourne in 1970s
One of Mike Fairbourne's early weathercasts from the late 1970s.
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Mike Fairbourne
Back in the day, there wasn't a green screen but a weather board that needed to be updated and changed often. Looks like Mike Fairbourne is reporting in the summer.
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Mike Fairbourne
Mike Fairbourne discussing the weather in the late 1970s.
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Mike Fairbourne
Mike Fairbourne weathercast in 1980.
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Mike Fairbourne and Dave Moore
Dave Moore introduces Mike Fairbourne during the first newscast in the then new and now current WCCO building in 1983.
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Mike Fairbourne Weather Center
Mike Fairbourne in the Weather Center at the old building.
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Mike Fairboune in 1983
Mike Fairbourne doing his first weathercast in the then new and now current WCCO building in 1983.
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Mike Fairbourne
Mike Fairbourne reporting from the "new" weather center in 1983.
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Mike Fairbourne in 1983
A screengrab of Mike Fairbourne from the intro for the newscast in 1983.
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Mike Fairbourne 1987
Mike Fairbourne in 1987.
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Dave Moore, Cindy Hilliger and Mike Fairbourne
Dave Moore, Cindy Hilliger and Mike Fairbourne in 1990.
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Mike Fairbourne
Mike Fairbourne using Nexrad weather radar.
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Mike Fairbourne
Mike Fairbourne doing the weathercast live at Henry High School.
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Mike Fairbourne
Mike Fairbourne in the 1980s.
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Mike Fairbourne 80s Open
A screen grab of Mike Fairbourne from the newscast opening in 1989.
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Mike Fairbourne
Mike Fairbourne reporting the weather in the late 1990s.
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Mike Fairbourne
Eventually, the weather moved away from the chalkboard to the green screen, seen here with Mike Fairbourne.
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Mike Fairbourne, Pat Miles and Don Shelby
Mike Fairbourne, Pat Miles and Don Shelby in the mid-1980s.
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Don Shelby, Colleen Needles and Mike Fairbourne
Don Shelby, Colleen Needles and Mike Fairbourne in the late 1980s.
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Mike Fairbourne
Mike Fairbourne in the mid-1980s.
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Mike Fairbourne
Mike Fairbourne is the newscast opening from the mid-1990s.
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Mike Fairbourne 4 Winter Storm
Mike Fairbourne reporting on a winter storm in the early 1990s.
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Mike Fairbourne 1980s
WCCO-TV headshot of Mike Fairbourne from the 1980s.
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Mike Fairbourne 1981 Parade
Mike Fairbourne (far right) on a WCCO-TV float during a parade in 1981.
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Mike Fairbourne 1990
A shot sheet of Mike Fairbourne from 1990.
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Mike Fairbourne 1994
A promotional photo of Mike Fairbourne from 1994.
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Mike Fairbourne 1994
Mike Fairbourne 1994
A WCCO-TV headshot of Mike Fairbourne from 1994
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Mike Fairbourne 1994
A proof sheet from a photo shoot with Mike Fairbourne in 1994.
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Mike Fairbourne Headshot
A WCCO-TV headshot of Mike Fairbourne from the 1990s
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Mike Fairbourne 1995
A WCCO-TV headshot of Mike Fairbourne from 1995.
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Mike Fairbourne 1999
A WCCO-TV headshot of Mike Fairbourne from 1999.
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Mike Fairbourne
A recent WCCO-TV headshot of Mike Fairbourne.
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Matt Baylow, Rebecca Kolls, Paul Huttner And Mike Fairbourne Shot Sheet
A shoot sheet of meteorologists Matt Baylow, Rebecca Kolls, Paul Huttner and Mike Fairbourne.
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Paul Huttner, Bud Kraehling, Mike Fairbourne And Matt Baylow
Meteorologists Paul Huttner, Bud Kraehling, Mike Fairbourne and Matt Baylow.
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Bud Kraehling, Mike Fairbourne And Matt Baylow
Meteorologists Bud Kraehling, Mike Fairbourne and Matt Baylow.
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Brian Gotter, Paul Douglas, Christine Clayburg and Mike Fairbourne
Meteorologists Brian Gotter, Paul Douglas, Christine Clayburg and Mike Fairbourne.
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Matt Baylow, Rebecca Kolls, Paul Huttner And Mike Fairbourne
Meteorologists Matt Baylow, Rebecca Kolls, Paul Huttner and Mike Fairbourne.
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Matt Baylow, Mike Fairbourne And Bud Kraehling
Meteorologists Matt Baylow, Mike Fairbourne and Bud Kraehling.
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Bug Kraehling, Mike Fairbourne
Bug Kraehling and Mike Fairbourne at WCCO-TV's 50th anniversary celebration.
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50th Anniversary Celebration For WCCO-TV
Nancy Nelson, Bill Carlson, Mike Fairbourne and Bud Kraehling signing autographs at the 50th anniversary celebration for WCCO-TV.
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WCCO-TV 50th Anniversary Celebration, Mike Fairbourne
Bud Kraehling, Nancy Nelson, Bill Carlson, Mike Fairbourne and guests at the 50th anniversary celebration for WCCO-TV.
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One Comment

  1. Donna Berge says:

    With your soft voice and sincere ways the weather has gone on and now you with it. I will miss this. I have been a follower of WCCO since I was in high school and remember you from the beginning. Enjoy your family, your free (not scheduled to work) time and do the things that will keep you young, if not young at heart. You will be greatly missed by me and your fellow workers. Take Care and God Bless.

  2. sue uppole says:

    Hi Mike. I am excited for you to become retired,but Im going to miss you,Your always so bubbly and excited you make the weather sound good.Ive been watching you for many years. Happy Retirement

  3. reid says:

    Mike, your sincere, friendly, and down-to-earth way of delivering the ever-changing Minnesota weather to us has been appreciated so much. In the present day of happy talk and goofiness in local news, your distinctive style has been all the more appreciated. We’re going to miss you!

  4. Lindsay says:

    We’ll miss you Mike! You’re so pleasant and always consistently good.

  5. Rose says:

    Thank you, Mike, for your all your years of reporting the weather on CCO. You are a true gentleman and we will miss your sweet, comforting voice.

  6. Joel and Mary Johnson says:

    Mike,thank you for all of the years of work at WCCO and at Children’s Surgery International. We will miss watching you doing the weather. Enjoy retirement with your family. We are honored to know such a caring and giving man.

  7. BB says:

    Always appeared to be a classy guy…and always thought it cool that his aptronym, Fairborne, was also appropo for his on-air personality!

  8. BB says:

    Oops … mea culpa for misspelling Fairbourne

  9. Linda R says:

    Will miss your calming voice during the storms…best of luck Mike.

  10. Barbara says:

    Going to miss seeing you! I feel like you are one the family, and have always thought you looked just like my brother. You are a sincere and classy guy. Good luck to your plans of the future!

  11. Roy says:

    I hope they get a new “clicker” for whoever replaces you. Your old one never seemed to work very well! :0)

  12. Rosemary M. Smith says:

    Greetings Mike, Retirement has many faces I hope it alway has a smile on it’s face for you. My husband and I have watched you on tv forever. You surely won’t remember me but I did many Holiday Vacation travel shows with you. It was always my pleasure to promote a destination with you and your wife hosting. Good luck and God Bless.

  13. sjue says:

    why do you have to go? no need to and won’t watch wcco weather without you there.

  14. Bob Dassow says:

    Its a shame we have to get and let the younger ones take over .Best luck in your new adventure.

  15. Roxie says:

    Congratulations on such a wonderful job! You will be missed. Blessings to you and your family.

  16. Duane Lorsung says:

    We always got the”straight stick” from you Mike –SOOOOOO enjoy whatever YOU do and THANKS!!

  17. Delbert L. Wertz says:

    Mike, I have enjoyed your weather reports, your pleasant demeanor, the good times with your co-workers and others, I have watched you from the time you first came on WCCO and now your retirement. The changes of anchors, weatherpersons, sports reporters and others. Enjoy your retirement and to your endeavors.

    Enjoy the weather and be well and safe.

  18. Dan Lilledahl says:

    Mike, it was great working with you back in 1999-2001! You are a true professional. Good luck in your retirement.

  19. Louise says:

    Have been your fan for years. Could always count on you for complete forcasts.
    Best wishes on a great retirement. Will miss you on TV.

  20. kbertoson says:

    Mike enjoy your retirement. It is good. . Always liked your weather forecasts. Thank You for many years of excellent work.

  21. Neal De Jesus says:

    Ron Trenda will replace Mike Fairbourne on the weekends Paul Douglas left CCO in 2008 now doing the weather for the Star Tribune leaving Chris Shaffer,Mike Augustyinak,new member Lauren Casey for the WCCO 4 Weather team. Good Luck Mike on your retired in 2011 1977-2011 31 years of Mike Fairbourne.

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