Former WFLA-TV morning anchor and managing editor Bill Ratliff has died.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the 37-year broadcast journalism veteran passed away Tuesday, May 8, after complications from surgery.
If you grew up in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area from the 1950s through the 1980s, chances are you either saw or heard longtime news and radio personality Betty “Mac” McCullough Thomas.
She died Tuesday at the age of 84.
Well-known Nashville weatherman Bill Hall died earlier this week at the age of 65, the Daily News Journal reports.
Hall, who worked for NBC affiliate WSMV-TV for 31 years, became popular with his viewers through his calming voice and quirky sense of humor.
He started at the station as a weather reporter in 1974, moving up the ranks quickly. Despite a brief stint as a weekend news anchor in 1976, he became chief forecaster a year later.
Bill Monroe, the Big Easy’s first news director who later went on to work for NBC in Washington, D.C., died Thursday at the age of 90.
Monroe worked in radio and print journalism before making the jump to television, but did so without any previous experience. “It was the kind of thing that happened in those days,” Monroe told WWL-TV in a 1999 interview.
He was hired as WDSU-TV’s news director shortly after the station began broadcasting.
His role as a pioneer in local television news was lauded by the Times-Picayune in a 1998 article: “What Murrow was to network TV, Monroe was to New Orleans TV: the journalistic standard-setter for generations of broadcasters.”
Monroe led WDSU’s early news staff as it covered the tumultuous times of the 1950s and 1960s, most notably through the period of school desegregation. Through weekly editorials, written and delivered by Monroe, the station stressed the importance of integrating New Orleans public schools, an unpopular stance at the time.
In later years, he became a Washington correspondent for NBC news and more famously as a producer/moderator of “Meet the Press.”
Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C.