In 1981, Shutt began his television weather career with CNN in Atlanta, Georgia, working as a weather producer and substitute weather anchor. In 1984,he moved on to a weekday weather anchor position at WTVK-TV (now WVLT-TV) in Knoxville, Tennessee. He spent a year, from 1987 to 1988, as weekend weather anchor at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1988, he joined WFMY sister station WUSA, also at that time beginning to supply to forecasts to WHUR-FM. In 1992, he co-founded Automated Weather Source, a network of weather stations that reported real-time observations to be used on broadcast television. Between 1994 and 2000 he served as occasional stand-in for CBS This Morning weather anchors Mark McEwen and Craig Allen.