Weather Mayor Joins Team

Desoto County,MS

WeatherMayor Sam Rikard joins Desoto County Newsroom Team with our local weather.
The former mayor of Olive Branch will keep us updated on weather across North Mississippi.
Welcome Sam…

Sam Rikard is a lifelong resident of Olive Branch. He is married to Paula Mills Rikard. Paula and Sam have two sons, two daughters in law and 5 grandchildren. Sam attended Northwest Community College and has received a Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Sam was employed for 25 years at BellSouth, now AT&T in Memphis, TN. He served two terms as a member of the Olive Branch Board of Aldermen before being elected as the Mayor of Olive Branch in 1997. Sam served as Mayor of Olive Branch for 16 years before retiring at the end of June of 2013.
Sam has been inducted into the Olive Branch Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Municipal League Hall of Fame.
Sam enjoys spending his retirement time with his wife and grandchildren, traveling, and providing daily weather forecasts to his nearly 7000 Facebook fans and friends each day. Sam provides daily video weather forecasts for,, and the Facebook pages of Memphis Entertainment Weekly, Nashville Entertainment Weekly, Gulf Coast Storm Center, Sam Rikard, and Meteorologist Sam Rikard. The Facebook posts have the potential to reach over 200,000 people daily. OBTV weather broadcasts can be seen on Comcast channel 19 beginning at 6:15 am daily and each quarter hour until 8:00 am Monday through Friday. streams live 24.7, 365 days a year.