With quite a few weather events taking shape over the Brazos Valley in the past few weeks, I almost forgot to pay tribute to one of televisions' greatest!
Longtime weatherman Doug Brown retired from KTRK-TV (ABC 13) in Houston after 50 years of weather broadcasting! That's a long time. His last broadcast for the ABC owned-and-operated station in Houston was Thursday morning, February 28th.
If you were wondering, Brown did in-fact retire from the same station that former KBTX meteorologist Travis Herzog begin broadcasting with in 2006. I got the opportunity to meet Doug Brown in May 2007 at the 50th Anniversary reunion party for KBTX Media! He was a former weather anchor for our sister station, KWTX-TV, in Waco. He and his wife were among the nicest people I've ever met.
Brown isn't the only longtime weather anchor to leave the broadcasting business in recent history. His former colleague, former chief weather anchor Ed Brandon, also retired from ABC 13 after may years with the station. After over 30 years of broadcasting, former chief weather anchor Troy Dungan also retired in 2007 from Dallas-based WFAA-TV. Dungan was another television legend that once worked at KBTX-TV many years ago. After spending more than 20 years at KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston, Dr. Neil Frank also announced the he was hanging up his hat in weather broadcasting. Dr. Frank (Doc) is also the former director of the National Hurricane Center.
Here's to Doug Brown and all the other longtime weather broadcasters to years of outstanding service and a fabulous new page in their lives.