Former Austin TV meteorologist dies of heart attack

Connor Vernon (KTBC screengrab)
Connor Vernon (KTBC screengrab)

A former weatherman for KTBC Channel 7 has died of an apparent heart attack.

Connor Vernon served as KTBC’s chief meteorologist from 1989 to 1995, when the station was still a CBS affiliate.

He died Saturday, according to media reports. Vernon was 63.

After leaving KTBC, Vernon served as morning host at now-defunct Austin radio station Oldies 103. But he still popped up on occasion on KTBC, doing fill-in work.

Vernon’s replacement at KTBC, Troy Kimmel, described him as “a good friend and colleague.”

Most recently, Vernon served as a meteorologist for WTVY and WDHN, both in Dothan, Ala.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sun­set Fu­neral Home Chapel near Dothan, with burial to fol­low at Friend­ship Ceme­tery in Don­al­sonville, Ga.

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

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