One of first TV weathermen, 77

Published June 19, 2006

MIAMI - Bob Weaver, a South Florida television pioneer who was among the nation's first TV weathermen, died Saturday (June 17, 2006) of cancer, his wife said. He was 77.

Mr. Weaver became ill "four or five weeks ago," said Myra Weaver, his wife.

Mr. Weaver graduated from the University of Miami and in 1949 joined newsman Ralph Renick and sports director Bernie Rosen on the Miami market's first television station. WTVJ was only the 16th television station in the nation at the time.

He read commercials and station identifications, pasted photos on cardboard so that they could be displayed on screen, filled in on sports updates and did other odd jobs. Within a year he became the station's weatherman, a position he held until 2003.

Throughout his 54-year career he was known as "Weaver the Weatherman." He covered major hurricanes such as Donna, Betsy and Andrew.

"And when danger wasn't working, Weaver always gave us something to smile about," said a statement on WTVJ's Web site, in reference to his daily jokes.

Survivors include his wife and three sons.