Bob Smith, WRDW-TV's chief meteorologist for nearly 33 years and Augusta's longest-tenured broadcast meteorologist, is stepping down from the News 12 weeknight anchor team.
"I've enjoyed my time at WRDW-TV and hope to be a part of this team for many more years," Bob said, "but I've always thought a person should retire early enough to enjoy that free time. My father worked every day until the day he died, so in the spirit of my father, I'm looking forward to some time to travel and enjoy this new phase of my life."
As part of his plan to semi-retire, Bob will transition to a part-time meteorologist position, helping out and filling in when needed.
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Bob grew a career and a life's passion predicting the weather on his hometown television station. When he joined WRDW-TV in September of 1977, it was a dream to the then 37-year-old Augusta native. "I watched the WRDW-TV anchors every night, and then one night, there I was part of the team!"
Bob has led WRDW-TV's weather team since 1977 and has been involved in broadcasting since 1962. He grew up in Augusta and graduated from Richmond Academy. He also attended the Augusta School of Aviation, a four-year professional pilot school, and Middle Tennessee State College.
"When it comes to the forecasting the weather in the Augusta-Aiken area, Bob is an icon," said News Director Estelle Parsley.
Bob has experience in a variety of fields, including flight instruction, Armed Forces Radio and Television, business ownership of an audio-visual center, drug prevention law enforcement as a pilot, and civil air patrol piloting.
He is also involved in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association and the American Meteorological Society. Bob holds a Meteorology degree from Mississippi State University and has received advanced certification for his studies of Doppler radar. Bob is also a recognized member of the National Weather Association.
Bob has spoken at dozens of area businesses, organizations, churches and schools. "I've probably given a couple thousand talks over the past 30 plus years," Bob said. "It's not unusual for grown adults to tell me I spoke to their class when they were young."
Bob says he's looking forward to his new part-time role.
"It's no secret I love to travel and I look forward to seeing more of the country, the world and my grandbabies," Bob said. "But my home will always be Augusta, and I'm just as excited about the opportunity to continue a little longer in the career I love."
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