Conversations About Aging: Joe Cupo, 68

Joe Cupo

Joe Cupo thinks that if there is a weather gene he’s definitely a carrier. That’s because as a kid all he wanted to watch on television was the weather. He dreamed that someday he would be a TV meteorologist, but never thought it would actually happen. He got his big break in 1979 when Channel 6 in Portland, Maine decided to add a weather segment to its morning news. They scouted meteorology schools for recent graduates, including SUNY Albany, where Joe had just received his degree. Next thing you know, he was auditioning for the job. The rest, as they say, is history. He began his career as the morning weather guy and 37 years later, retired as the station’s Chief Meteorologist. I visited Joe at his home in Falmouth, Maine recently and even though we had worked together for many years, I realized that there was a lot I didn’t know about him. My prediction is that you’ll also discover things you didn’t know. Enjoy our conversation!

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Little Joe Cupo on a pony

When he wasn’t watching the weather on television

Joe Cupo as a young adult
A few decades ago

Joe at Channel 6 with Pat Callaghan and Cindy Williams
In the studio with Pat Callaghan and Cindy Williams

Joe and Debbie Cupo
Joe and his wife Debbie

Joe Cupo with Bill Green
With Bill Green at Bill’s retirement party

Joe Cupo making pizza with his friend Vinny
Making pizza with his friend Vinny

Joe skiing on Mt. Washington with his wife Debbie
“Skiing over in the White Mountains. Joe still loves looking at the weather station on top of Mount Washington. You can see the memories of weather going through his mind when he looks up and talks about the weather station.” ~Debbie Cupo

Joe Cupo at the piano

Who’s next?

Conversations About Aging airs every other Monday. My next conversation is with Wayne Newell. Wayne is a “Passamaquoddy Indian man” and I recently visited him at his home on the Indian Township reservation in Princeton, Maine.


If you have any suggestions for people I should consider interviewing, let me know. The best way to get in touch is to send me an email. And please, share Conversations About Aging with your friends and family. No matter what age we are, we’re all aging! It’s fun, inspiring, and educational to hear about other people’s lives and experiences. That’s what it’s been like for me with each interview I’ve done and I hope it will be for you, too.

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Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. She now hosts and produces the Catching Health podcast and writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.