In an announcement on Sunday’s late newscast that came as a bit of a surprise, KDFW/Channel 4’s Ron Jackson, one of the most respected TV weather people in DFW, said that he is retiring after 32 years with the station, effective immediately.
“I’ve seen 18 weather people work here, and seven of them were chief meteorologists,” Jackson said during the 9 p.m. newscast. “I’ve had my knee surgery and kidney stones removed last summer, and I thought, ‘Well, time’s a little bit short, and I thought, ‘I’d better retire at an early age of 57 years.’ ” Jackson then quipped: “I’ll be all right. My 401(k) looks good, my pension looks fine.”
The nearly 5-minute segment included flashbacks through Jackson’s career at the station, which started long before Fox took over ownership -- and before there was even a Fox.
Jackson said that he plans to travel some, but mostly to take it easy, and that he plans to remain in DFW. Natalie Solis, who was co-anchoring the newscast with Richard Ray and sitting closest to Jackson, pointed out that the weatherman’s eyes were watering as he made the announcment.
Here’s the clip. We’re hoping to talk to Jackson and we’ll update if that happens. More below the clip.
According to Jackson’s station bio, he worked at stations in Wausau, Wisc., and Des Moines, for about two and a half years before coming to DFW. He says that in his spare time he umpires Pony and Mustang League baseball -- and that if he weren’t working TV, umpiring would have been his career choice (and he’s qualified to umpire up to minor league AA pro ball). He also teaches meteorology courses at several colleges and universities throughout the area.
Jackson’s on-air colleagues Sunday, who also included sports anchor Steve Doocy, mentiioned some behind-the-scenes antics, such as Jackson’s dancing to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. Yes, it’s on YouTube: