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Tom Jolls is a retired television weatherman at WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York, where he worked for 34 years. He was also the star of the Commander Tom Show which had a 26-year run on WKBW.

Tom Jolls
Born Newfane, New York
Occupation Television personality

Born in Newfane, New York, Jolls grew up in Lockport, New York, where he worked at WUSJ (AM) from 1951 to 1962. He moved to Buffalo, working for WBEN (AM), and in 1965 was hired by WKBW-TV to become the station's evening news weatherman. Before the end of the year, he was also hosting The Superman Show—interstitial segments featuring Jolls as Captain Tom, later Commander Tom, which aired around broadcasts of Adventures of Superman. The program evolved into The Commander Tom Show and would be on the air in various formats for 26 years.

Jolls, along with news anchor Irv Weinstein and sports anchor Rick Azar, were a nighttime fixture on WKBW. As host of "The Weather Outside," Jolls would stand out in the elements to report on weather conditions, and seeing him shivering or struggling to keep balance in gusty winds became common. Another one of Jolls's trademarks was his "Weather Word," a summation of the weather forecast in one word (a particular favorite of Jolls was salubrious, for beautiful weather).

However, Jolls was not an actual meteorologist. Instead, he obtained his forecasts from Accuweather.

In 1992, Jolls reprised his Commander Tom character in a recurring role on the weekend morning kids' show Rocketship 7. It was cancelled after one year.

Azar retired in 1989, ending the 24-year run of the anchor team of Weinstein-Jolls-Azar. Weinstein retired in 1998, and Jolls left the air six months later, retiring in 1999.

He currently splits his time with his wife Janice between two homes in Western New York and a home in Cape Coral, Florida.

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