Harry Volkman is a popular former meteorologist from the Boston, Massachusetts area, Oklahoma, and later Chicago, Illinois. He is known for being the first weatherman to issue a tornado warning.
Having an interest in radio since childhood, Volkman and his brother built a radio station at their Boston area home. The brothers worked hard on their radio productions even though only the family was able to hear the broadcasts from their small transmitter. His interest in radio carried over into the Army where he attended radio classes, but opted to study physics at Tufts University before meteorology captured his imagination and brought him to Tulsa University.
Volkman got his start as a weatherman at KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January 1950. While there he also served as a booth announcer, model, on-air salesman, sportscaster, variety show host and switchboard operator. He also claims to have worked briefly as a custodian for the station and not having been paid for his first three months. His beginning pay was $25.
A fine vocalist and a member of his church choir for many years, Volkman would often mix a little music into his weather forecasts wherever he worked. His most recent contribution to society is a book about his life as a weatherman, Whatever The Weather: My Life & Times As A TV Weatherman.
Volkman is the father of three sons and a daughter. His son, Ed, formerly hosted a long-running morning radio show in Chicago titled "Eddie & JoBo" on WBBM-FM B96. At the time of his 2004 retirement, Volkman had spent 54 years in television.
- 1950–1952: KOTV – Tulsa
- 1952–1955: WKY-TV – Oklahoma City
- 1955–1959: KWTV – Oklahoma City
- 1959–1967: WMAQ-TV – Chicago
- 1967–1970: WGN-TV – Chicago
- 1970–1974: WMAQ-TV – Chicago
- 1974–1978: WGN-TV – Chicago
- 1978–1996: WBBM-TV – Chicago
- 1996–2004: WFLD – Chicago
- Singing Weatherman. TV Radio Mirror. June 1956. p. 12. Retrieved 3 February 2012.(PDF)
- Constable, Burt (April 21, 2013). "Harry Volkman weathers wild Chicago climate". Daily Herald. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- "Tulsa TV Memories-Weather". Retrieved 3 February 2012.
- "Legendary Chicago TV Weatherman Harry Volkman Releases Autobiography". Chicagoland Radio and Media. April 25, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- Volkman, Ed (April 9, 2011). "Harry Volkman Turns 85!". KHiTS 104.3. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
|This biographical article related to television in the United States is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This biographical article about a climatologist or meteorologist is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|