Longtime WPLG meteorologist Walt Cronise passed away at his home in Jacksonville on September 20. After a 25 year career forecasting the weather in the Navy, and a stint with the Hurricane Hunters, he joined WPLG in 1968 as a freelance weather forecaster when the station was still known as WLBW. Just a year later they promoted him to chief meteorologist.
Known to many as Uncle Walt, viewers knew him for his sharp forecasting skills, and for those oft promoted “fearless forecasts… rain or shine”. The bow tie was his symbol, earning him the nickname “The bow tie weather guy”, as were those pet names he gave thunderstorms – like toad stranglers, and swimming pool fillers. Through the years Cronise worked alongside legendary Ann Bishop, and later Dwight Lauderdale until he retired in December 1992.
Walt Cronise is survived by his wife Dorothy, five children, seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. The family asks memorials in his name to be sent to Wounded Warrior Project or the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Relief
WPLG aired a nice tribute this evening, here’s the video:
WHDH Boston, WSVN’s sister station, went live today with the newsroom refresh they had been working on since early August. That animated strip you see running along the second floor of the studio is what WSVN is also installing in the newsplex. The rest of the plex refresh will have its own look, which includes more monitors, and the complete replacement of the wall of television sets behind the news anchors, it’s been there since the 90s! New graphics are also coming.
WSVN is shooting for a full set reveal in time for November sweeps which begin October 30.
Legacy Magazine Broward named WSVN anchor Robbin Simmons as one of South Florida’s 25 most influential and prominent black women for 2014. The magazine honors business women in South Florida for their leadership, public service and mentoring skills. Simmons along with the rest of the women will be honored at a luncheon tomorrow at Morton’s in Fort Lauderdale.
Joe Rose will be hanging up his sports anchor gig hat after 22 years at WTVJ! He’s retiring. From television anyway.
Rose has been a part of the NBC 6 Sports team for 22 years, having joined in 1992. He told NBC 6 he decided it’s time for him to “slow down and get a decent night’s sleep!”. He’s been pulling double duty for more than a decade hosting his own morning radio show on WQAM from 6 to 10am on weekdays, which as you might imagine doesn’t leave a lot of room for sleep.
WTVJ President and General Manager Larry Olevitch says a special send-off is in the works. Joe Rose’ last day on the air at WTVJ NBC6 will be sometime in December.